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Wednesday, January 13, 2016
glaucoma is a B!TCH
I think most humans, especially anybody lucky enough to grow older, has their health issues, and I am not writing this to get sympathy, just to express that it p!sses me off.
You may recall that I have glaucoma (an artist with glaucoma: we all love our vision of course, but my eyes are my LIFE). You may also recall that last month the doctor was trying the third treatment in 2 years and wanted to do surgery. None of the treatments have worked, and soooo…I have 2 eye surgeries in the next 2 weeks. The surgery itself may not be much trouble, but what bothers me is this:
Glaucoma and vision are like holding sand in your hand. You are only allowed the one handful of sand, ever. And it is slipping through your fingers and you are trying to prevent losing more sand. Ditto glaucoma: treatment tries to prevent more vision loss, and it can't reverse damage done. And to be clear, if treatments aren't working, you are losing vision, slowly but surely. My doctor explains that surgery in my case has a 50/50 chance of helping, maybe 80 percent with new drug treatments too. And we might have to redo the surgeries another time or 2. He also explains that this is your life: something might or might not work, then we try something else, then something else…. and on it goes.
Glaucoma research may change from an eye issue to a brain issue: since it affects the optic nerve, which is part of the brain, it is now being seen as akin to Parkinson's disease. Perhaps, as with Parkinson's, one day stem cells will regrow optic nerves and you will regain vision.
For now, though, glaucoma is a b!tch.
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