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!

~Mom Kim~


Millie and Walter said...

We're glad to hear things are going well and you don't need any surgery right now.

Amber DaWeenie said...

Kim, I'm so happy for you. Finally you're headed in the right direction. Prayers continue that you stay on this path.

Hugs to you and the Bratz!

Anonymous said...

I'm glad all went well and there are no leftovers of this big C.

Pippen said...

This is awesome news and we hope it keeps getting better and better!

Sam and Pippen

Agnes B. Bullock said...

FABULOUS NEWS!!!! Hapyy dance going on over here- all five DWM are doing the happy dance!

Cowspotdog said...

that is excellent news and we will keep our paws crossed that things continue to go good for you

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

OUTSTANDING NEWS... this is the way to start a New Year... FABULOUS NEWS we say... We are doing HAPPY DANCES fur you.

We are sure you have made the right decision... Steady improvement is great.

Lassiter Chase and Benjamin said...

Glad to hear your vision is getting better. Keep up the good work.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Hi pretty lady- you have healed up just like me!
We are sooo happy your vision is improving and that right now no surgery is needed!
You are brave to go see the doctors,, and very smart to say- lets hold off- until surgery is needed. You sure are a pretty lady.
I will always keep sending magic healing bubbles to you,
your tweedles

Unknown said...

Kim we are so pleased for you and we really hope the if ain't fixed don't break it scenario continues. You are looking well. Onwards and upwards we say. Hooray. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
Best wishes Molly

Murphy said...

Glad things are headed in the right direction and the news is good!

Your Pals,

Murphy & Stanley

Sharon said...

After the first picture, I am amazed at how well you healed. He is a great surgeon, for sure! Glad your vision is doing well enough to hold off on the eye surgery.
Sending hugs!

Anonymous said...

Glad you are doing well. Hope and pray you continue to improve! Kathy

stellaroselong said...

WE are JUMPIN off the couch with JOY that you are on the road to recovery although that darn road can always have a few ole potholes. Stay strong and keep on sharing with us cos we all care!
Stella rose, margaret mae and Angus Mcconnell

Dachshund Nola said...

Glad everything's headed in the right direction for you!

haopee said...

I'm surprised that healed beautifully.

Hi Mom Kim, I am just glad that your eye is getting better... and the skin cancer is gone.. I do hope that all will improve... especially your vision. Your scar seems to be healing well. Phew! It does look like a natural crease.