Apr 162014

Well, I had to wait 5 weeks, but I finally had the cataract in my right eye removed.

The surgery didn’t seem to go as smoothly as the the surgery on my left eye though. I had a little more discomfort after surgery, and my vision doesn’t seem as good in the right eye, although I checked 20/25 in both eyes when I went to see the doctor for my follow up appointment the next day, and things are improving.

Not sure what I was expecting, as it’s still a 10 fold improvement over what I had been experiencing, so I’m not complaining to profusely.

It’s hard to believe I went as long as I did without surgery. It’s like I had been seeing everything in standard definition (SD) all this time, and now I’m viewing everything in HD (high definition).

There’s still about 2 more weeks of recovery, having to wear an eye shield at bed time, and putting 3 different eye drops, 4X a day, in my eye, but I think I can handle it. After all I’ve waited this long. What’s another 2 [or 3] weeks.

Apr 132014

Do you believe everything you read on the internet? What if it comes in the form of an anonymous email? Do you give it more or less credence? Or maybe you give it the same credence.

I don’t give anonymous emails a passing thought, even when they come from friends or relatives. If there was any legitimacy to a particular position or theory, the person responsible should be proud to put their name to it?

Unfortunately, not everyone believes as I do. Too many people are easily manipulated by confusing and misleading logic, delivered by slick individuals, whose only goal is to deceive, enrage and frighten others into doing their bidding.

But then again, if you equate the use of money to free speech, and believe corporations are people, vitamins and supplements are food, and the stock market is anything other than the equivalent of a rigged roulette wheel or carnival game, then I guess you’ll pretty much believe anything.

I only hope the next time you get some anonymous email, or read something on the internet, spouting some particular [dis]belief, you’ll think about what I’ve said [and not send it to me, as if it's something of value].

12 years

 Life, My MCL, My Well Being  Comments Off
Apr 022014

I just realized my 12 year anniversary, of my diagnosis with MCL, has past with nary a notice.

I usually commemorate that day (3/26/2002) with a post about how fortunate I’ve been to have survived so long, especially since I’ve managed to do so without any conventional (or unconventional) treatment, but as of late, I just haven’t been that motivated to post anything. A few occurrences have come up that I could have written about, but that would mostly have been simply to fill space, and I didn’t want to do that.

Now that spring has arrived, and summer is just around the corner, maybe I’ll be more inclined to post some innocuous thoughts, but for now, I’ll just continue to lay back and bask in the realization that I’ve been through a great deal over the past several years, and I’m none the worse for wear. At least not too much!

A friend once told me, I wold likely die of something other than my lymphoma, and it’s only now that I’m beginning to realize he may be right. Only time will tell for sure though.

 Posted by at 3:42 am
Mar 122014

IOLAnd WOW is there a dramatic difference.

It’s not only that the Interocular Lens, implanted in my eye to replace the cataract, has improved my distance vision far beyond what I can remember, but the colors are so much more vibrant now. I never knew (or at least don’t remember) how white,  the color white can be.

The big problem now is waiting the 7 weeks for the cataract in my other eye to be removed.


Feb 102014

Nearly a month to be exact. And it’s not be because I haven’t had anything to say, because there has been been plenty. I just haven’t been motivated.

I’ve been going through a terrible funk lately. At first I thought it was the weather, but I’m beginning to discount that. We did have a few cold days in December and January, but February is proving to be pretty nice (for February that is). And if you listen to the news at all, you know there hasn’t been much rain here in LA for quite awhile

I can’t blame it on the iron either, since I stopped taking that. There is still the Lipitor to blame, but I’m not about to stop taking it just yet.

Plus I finally got my cataract surgery scheduled for March 10th, so I should be happy, but on the downside, my lymphocyte count has been steadily increasing over the past few months, almost back to its peak of around 4 years ago.

So here I sit, looking for some sympathy I suppose, and hoping it’s not my MCL starting to rear its ugly head.


Jan 132014

I find it truly amazing that it was my primary care physician that had the foresight to send me to the ophthalmologist for evaluation for cataracts, rather than the optometrist I saw for evaluation of my rapidly changing eyesight and prevalence for infections.

It’s like I’ve always said, it’s not the health care system that determines your quality of care, but rather the doctors. The only problem being there are good doctors and bad doctors, and it’s not always so easy to determine which are which.

Anyways, as a result of the visit to the ophthalmologist I’ve been approved for cataract surgery. It’s just not going to happen as soon as I would hope. (I’m looking at early March.)

Apparently there are few other people seeking cataract surgery as well. (And here I thought I was the only one with such a problem.)

I find it hard to believe that many people are in need of cataract surgery, but I was also told there is a possibility I could get in sooner, as patients have been known to change their mind. It is mostly old people getting the surgery after all.

Oh well, I guess that’s one more thing to blame on the Affordable Care Act (AKA ObamaCare).