Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Mom Kim - Update on my vision problems
From Mom Kim – just a short post to give a little update on how my eye condition is coming along after so much trouble over the past few months plus the surgery for skin cancer and my overnight hospital stay. It appears (kinda worried I might jinx it if I say this but) at least for now (and maybe longer?) that my eye condition has stabilized for the time being – and I am seeing a little better with each eye doctor visit. I wanted to post about this today because I was originally scheduled for an eye procedure today, 1/21/14, that would have improved my vision. Remember back in late September when I had that skin cancer removed – my vision worsened for a few days but then it started to improve a little between eye doctor visitis and hasn’t changed course since. This is pure speculation on my part but it would appear that when the plastic surgeon did what he did to take care of that skin cancer, the skin around my eye tightened up which somehow improved the overall muscle tone on the right (paralyzed) side of my face which is the same side as my eye with all the problems. After the surgery for my skin cancer I told my eye specialist that I wanted to reschedule my eye procedure so that I could get those medical bills paid off before creating new ones – he didn’t have a problem with that. Since then, we have mutually agreed to postpone the surgery INDEFINITELY since my vision has slowly improved. He agrees that as long as my vision is working good for me then why do anything that might pose a risk and as he reminds me, having the surgery at all was always up to me. My vision is not yet where I would like it to be but I have been able to maintain my job without missing any work except for doctor appointments and time off around the holidays. IF the day comes when my vision gets worse again and once again the procedure is indicated then that idea will be re-visited. However, as with all surgeries, nothing is guaranteed so in the meantime as I always say – “If it ain’t broke-don’t fix it”.
Oh yes, I did want to share something else – some of you may remember all that bruising I had on my face following the removal of that skin cancer that was on my nose along with that line where the stitches were -
Some of you thought it might leave some permanent scarring.
as you can see now, you can't really tell there was ever much done-
even that stitch line now looks more like a natural crease line in the skin.
There are a couple little bumps left where the stitches were but I can tell that even
those are getting less and less noticeable when I touch that area.
This surgery was performed by the same surgeon who removed a \
melanoma from my right jawbone years ago-
can't even see where that was done -
I am real pleased with the outcomes of both surgeries especially since
margins were clear of any left-over cancer cells, both times!
So, if anyone is ever around Topeka, Kansas and
needs to have plastic surgery or a skin cancer removed-
just let me know and I can hook you up with a really good surgeon!