Friday, April 15, 2011

Update on My Eyes

My son Tony is posting this message for me.

At my doctor visit on monday she told me I was bad to have been on the computer. I'm taking that to heart now-no reading, computer, or close work.

I had a small retinal tear on my right eye also that she lasered.
i get another check up on the 18th and go week to week to see how I'm healing.

Now for the reason this happened to me.... high cholesterol! Did you know that effects your eyes? (click here for more info) I did not and no one ever told me. I've known my cholesterol was high for years. My LDL(bad) was high but my HDL(good) was equally high so the percentage ratio was normal. My triglycerides were good and my blood pressure good and low. No cost for alarm as my heart seemed healthy. But not one doctor told me that it would affect my eye sight. ACK! I feel like an idiot for not addressing the high cholesterol sooner.

Before my eye issues became apparent and serious i had already gone on a diet-no wheat( gluten), no dairy, no refined sugar, no red meat or pork, no eggs. I lost 8 lbs. in a month. I've been on the diet for two months and it's a good thing because that will help get my cholesterol down.

Everyone please get your eyes checked regularly. Vitreous floaters are one thing you learn to live with but if sudden cobweb like floaters appear go IMMEDIATELY to an eye(retinal) specialist and have them checked! The floaters at this stage are most likely to be blood because your eye has hemorrhaged!

I'm not using doctor in santa cruz anymore. I and my family have been misdiagnosed too many times. I'm going to the Los Gatos area in search of a new family doctor-I prefer a woman for myself-if anyone who reads this has a doctor they can recommend please let me know.

It's hard for me to be inactive but its the only way my eyes will heal. An online art friend, Judy, called me out of the blue and said to "focus on the fact that I'm laying here to heal". I am keeping that in my mind because it's a positive affirmation, I am healing.


Joanne Huffman said...

Wow! Hope things continue to heal. I'm sending positive and healthful thoughts. I tried to call and left a message (hope I have the right number). I'll try again this week-end.

jackie said...

Lorri, I have had you in my thoughts and prayers. I hope your healing continues and that you can adjust during this time to the inactivity that is required. Good luck on finding better health care!

lilylovekin said...

You've been in my thoughts. How precious the eyes are. Best of luck in your recovery. I know how difficult it must be to lie still and just be. My thoughts and prayers continue with you. Lorrie

Connie said...

oh no! I hope your eyes heal up quickly - you must bee soooo bored! i enjoyed seeing Jan in Dallas - although it was a busy night and i didn't get to spend too much quality time with her!

kana said...

Thanks for sharing this important info. I hope your vision and cholesterol are better soon!

eirene said...

be well soon, be calm and patient.

Honey from the Bee said...

Lorri - Soon after we moved to the area we determined that our health was too important to go to SC doctors. If you still need a recommendation for any type of doctor in the South Bay - let me know.

I'm so glad you paid attention to your health and stayed after it when it just didn't seem right. Would hate to hear a different story.

Hope to see you in September in Petaluma.