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Old 10-25-2012, 09:18 AM   #61
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after another day at the doc testing, they've put it off until Nov. 4th. They tell me now apparently I need 3 procedures done. Retina repair, glaucoma fix, & cataract "replacement" whatever that means (apparently "lens" replacement.) Recoup will be 8-12 weeks. Great.

oh boy...fun fun fun....
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Old 10-27-2012, 08:27 PM   #62
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Thanks for the thoughts man.

I'm curious how you post w/no fingers? I've already got the program "Dragon Naturally Speaking" which is good for letter writing. It has a voice interface for all commands.

Wondering what your using?

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I have dragon too, But I primarily use Apple's native dictation software coupled with a capacitive stylus strapped to my palm. One letter at a time.
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:43 AM   #63
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I have dragon too, But I primarily use Apple's native dictation software coupled with a capacitive stylus strapped to my palm. One letter at a time.
Ah, cool.

Luckily for me small movements of the fingers are ok, I just can't "grip." As in grabbing a wrench/screwdriver or something. So, I can still type at a reduced level (there was a time I did 105CPM, now about 1/4 that.) But wrenching is next to impossible.

I go to twist a ratchet or turn a screwdriver, & one or more of the fingies goes "pop" & I wince in pain. Tried just toughing thru it, but it's hard when your "flinching" every time you try to turn a screwdriver. I end up dropping whatever tool I'm using.....sux.
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:56 PM   #64
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surgery tomorrow

After numerous delays, I go under the knife tomorrow for the 1st eye fix. The other eye will come later after 12-18 weeks (!) recovery time, identical issues. I am totally freaked out!

They r attempting to fix detached retina (no guarantee.) Also they will cut the optic nerve to hopefully "pull" the eye's muscles back into place. They also will replace the eye's lens due to glaucoma, & I'm totally freaked by all three of these things. Doctors never tell the truth, & I wouldn't be surprised to come out blind in that eye. Whine, snibble, cry!

Please wish me luck!
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:03 PM   #65
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Old 11-12-2012, 03:26 PM   #66
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:46 AM   #67
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Hi there, checking in. Well they said it went well. Was a nightmare for me; 2.5 hours of surgery w/me awake (sort of/drugs...weeee) the whole time. They did all three things, I have a big terminator/Borg looking thingie on me eye that must stay for 7-10 days & I'm not supposed to be out of bed but me bored.

Hurts like a SOB but what the heck. The drugs seem to take the edge off but make me sick to me stomach. Hurts to look at anything as it causes movement & I think eye is swollen bigger than the socket is Got stitches in the eyebrow where they went over the eye to get at the back of it. ~2" long/weirdness...

So won't be around much next few days/in bed mostly cuz I'm supposed to keep head at a certain attitude. No lifting/physical exertion for 18+ days or the stitches could come loose. So, will be obeying docs instructions mostly. Hella way to enjoy me birthday eh'?

I will get in here soon as I can (when it stops hurtin' so much), probably in a couple more days. Meanwhile missing my coffee & can't watch the too-bright to watch tv. Just petting the kitty & biding me time; can't sleep hardly at all. Yawn...

see you all later me thinks?,

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Old 11-16-2012, 07:44 PM   #69
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Thanks all. Sorry ain't been around much; but mostly lying down here. Go back to eye doc for checks tomorrow...

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Update:

Went yesterday for the "Trigger-Finger" fix= 3 shots in the damn palm of both hands. Wahoooo!!! Yeeeouch. Little mini-whine...hard to type now....hands all swollen up....wearing metal "braces" to keep from bending fingers on 4 fingers, especially to keep from getting locked up at night due to natural finger curl. Fun. Supposed to keep me from "locking" the tendons at night....not going to be typing much for awhile.

Eyes: Yeah I also had the glaucoma, retina, and mascular degeneration fix. 3 things all at once in one operation. Still hurts but swelling steadily going down. Still can't see shxt captain! But appears to be steadily getting better. I'm not wearing the Borg thingie anymore. Everything still a blur but slowly improving. Supposed to take 18 more weeks.

I can now see a little out of the eye 3 weeks since surgery, but it's recuperation is so so slow man. Due to the lens transplant (plastic lens), it's much "clearer" now, so colors are brighter & more vibrant- much more brighter= notice colors are very much brighter than before. It's due to the new clear plastic lens doc tells me. New one is totally clear but focus/text still blurry...

That's about it for now; more as available...can't type w/these metal thingies on my fingers (4), so goona be absent a bit except reading...

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Damn Dave, that sucks. What about a session with Doc Wong? I imagine he would be more than willing to give you some instructions on how to DIY.

EDIT: Maybe I didn't read far enough. Looks like you have been to the Doc and gotten some answers.
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:34 AM   #74
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How are your eyes and hands doing?
Thanks for inquiry. About the same as last post; a few changes:

1st off, sorry typo's can's see too good right now; no word proc. here.

Eyes: Improvement is now very slow; have been back several times & now I'm getting big hairy migraines because one eye is so far apart from the other. Can't wear my old prescription glasses because of it. If I try the migraines come back & get worse the more I try to read. So, been off the computer a lot & not watching TV anymore...(sniff = missing all the great college-bowl football games, as well as the NFL!) The only thing that helps is closing me eyes/sleep= doing a lot of that lately.

hands: back twice now for shots & wearing 3-4 braces except while doing, uh, really basic things , it's starting to look like I'm going to need surgery as they aren't getting better. Wearing the braces except when typing/etc., the *"trigger-finger" (* stenosing tenosynovitis (stuh-NO-sing ten-o-sin-o-VIE-tis) is not getting better really.

If I stay off the pc & don't type, the pain does lighten up a bit; I've noticed in the last month since suspending most of my typing it's slightly better. I also notice it gets worse soon as I start typing again. So, most of my few posts are one liners...

Due to all this crap, I haven't touched the bike in months. Other than keeping the Battery Tender on it, da bike still needs tons of work. Can't turn a wrench or see =makes wrenching impossible.

Christmas was really bad again this year. Kids got a couple things, wifie bought me a 49er clone t-shirt which made my month. 1st Xmas present in a few years. All my crap causing all kinds of family issues/depression; you guys don't want to know.

So there you have it; starting to look like the distant 2nd summer may be missed as well? Can't ride if you can't grip the bars or see. Geeze, sorry about this post. I've whined far too much today=sorry about that folks. It's a bad scene man...

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