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Sandy Navas
September 16th, 2013, 03:08 PM
Have you missed my ellipses? Well, that's just the way I think (roll).

Update on the eyeballs? Some of you have asked. Yes, I am doing better. I'm not 'over the hump' yet, but do see some improvement in my vision, albeit slight at times. I have been on an emotional roller coaster about my vision. Being partially blind in one eye since my mid-20's, I have had to adjust to visual disturbances. And then, hereditary macular degeneration and cataracts, and uncontrolled glaucoma . . . I did tell Al that he should have picked a much better 'used car' as all my parts are gradually failing.

I had surgery on the 28th of August, which involved puncturing my left eyeball and inserting a very tiny titanium tube which allows the internal fluid of the eye to drain. It worked . . . too well!!!! So almost all the fluid drained from my eye, leaving me about 90% worse than I was. Leave it to me to do things the hard way. And so, in an effort to keep my eye from totally 'collapsing' the doctor inserted a gel into the eye the following week (believe me when I say it was the absolute most excruciating procedure I have ever gone through - worse than a kidney stone, worse than childbirth - worse than the proverbial kick in the gonads, not that I've experienced that . . . ) That helped, minimally. The eye is slowly recovering but not quickly enough for this old lady. I'll have one day that it seems almost back to what I have come to think of as normal, and the next day it is horrible. Yesterday was a very bad day. Today I got up thinking it was a good day and the vision had progressively declined. I can type only because I am a touch-typist and can enlarge the screen so the letters are huge and I can make out blurry images (and see the red underscore if I've misspelled something). TV is out the door (I don't have a 72 inch screen), so I listen. I can read my Kindle when it is about 6 inches from my face and the letters are about 1/2 inch tall . . . so I am trying to be patient and trying to be good. Don't bend over, don't allow shower soap or water into the eye, don't touch anything around the eye (except gently instilling eye drops), sleep with a shield over the eye (anyone know how to easily get tape residue off skin?) and on and on, don't pick up anything over 10 pounds (but I have grand kids!!!) So, there you are.

At present time I do not know if I will be able to see well enough to be released to drive in October when we are scheduled to meet up in Hamilton and visit at Missouri Star. Al has agreed to chauffeur me one day, but he has other obligations. Who knows? I may wake tomorrow and miraculously be cured. We can hope and pray, right?

I sit and have my personal self-pity parties and then hear bits and pieces of tragedies around the world and know I'm not that bad off. That doesn't make this situation any easier though.

Given all the above, for those who know and care, we have also found that our oldest granddaughter (won't go into issues there . . . ) will be making us great-grandparents the end of January. We know there is a boy joining the family and she's already decided his name will be Ezra. Pray for her . . . and maybe a bit for me!!!!

If you don't notice me as often, making smart alec remarks, just know that I have all my on-line friends close to my heart!!!

September 16th, 2013, 03:13 PM
Waiting for approval to drive is horrible. I hate to wait for anything though. I am glad you are mending and as for your granddaughter? This may be the path that has been chosen for her and you get your boy!!!!!! Are you already thinking in blue?

September 16th, 2013, 03:22 PM
Sandy, I'm so sorry that your eyes are not cooperating. Glad to hear that they are slowly getting better and will keep praying for you that they heal sooner than later. I know that you are really looking forward to the get together in October and I'm sure if Al cannot drive you that someone from here will be more than happy to scoop you up!
We have missed you around here and it's nice to see you pop in when you can.
A great grandson! Wow! That makes 4 people I know that are having babies in January and February... I will be praying for her and Ezra for an uneventful pregnancy and a healthy little one.
Thank you for the update, and as always you and your family are in my prayers.

K. McEuen
September 16th, 2013, 03:34 PM
Hey, I'm driving all the way from New Mexico, if I have to make a side trip to grab you, so be it. There are enough of us that transportation for you shouldn't be an issue.

My sister may have to have little tubes inserted in her tear ducts because her eyes dry out so much. I thought of you when she told me, not the same procedure, but still, sticking something anywhere close to the eye can't be good!

September 16th, 2013, 03:41 PM
Great to hear that you are on the road to recovery albeit a very long one!! Please try your hardest to do as you are told - difficult as it might be! We need you back firing on all cylinders!

I keep you in my thoughts


September 16th, 2013, 03:50 PM
Oh Sandy, what an ordeal! I can't even imagine. I hope you improve fast but most of all steadily.

September 16th, 2013, 03:51 PM
Sandy, Whatever the news we are always glad to hear from you. Your vision is improving, while not constant yet it is something good. You'll be an very young Great Grandma to a little baby Boy, now that's something to look forward to, a new baby does wonders for family dynamics. Hang in there, 56059

September 16th, 2013, 03:57 PM
Hi Sandy.......I can't imagine what you have been through with the eye procedures. Lots of prayers coming your way for a quicker recovery. Take care of yourself and catch a ride with a forum friend so that you don't miss the fall get together.

September 16th, 2013, 04:18 PM
Hang in there! All the best!

September 16th, 2013, 04:28 PM
Sandy, I pray that your recovery speeds up and that your vision gets consistently better from now on. I can only imagine the emotional roller-coaster you've been on. You're missed here. The new great grandson will be a blessing, babies always are. ((((HUGS))))

September 16th, 2013, 04:29 PM
Sandy, I hope you will be "back to snuff" sooner rather than later.

September 16th, 2013, 04:58 PM
will continue to pray for your recovery and will add you GD to the list of pregnant ladies that I'm praying for

September 16th, 2013, 05:15 PM
(((Sandy))), major snuggles, hugs, prayers and love from all of us here in Atlanta! Sure hope you start to be your normal smarty parts!! :)

Huggers, Ruby, Don, Kat, Matt, Zan, Ollie and Penny

Jean Sewing Machine
September 16th, 2013, 05:23 PM
Oh, Sandy! Our gathering won't be the same without you! I sure hope you will be well enough to come!

As for the new addition, we just welcome God's angels into our family, regardless of the circumstances of their conception! I got my great granddaughter that way, today she is 4! She's a sweetheart, but I don't get to see her much now that her grandparents moved.

Sew Perfect
September 16th, 2013, 05:44 PM
Sandy, I am so terribly sorry you are going through this. I was having the same problems in the beginning of the year, so I think I can understand how you are feeling right about now. I wish you had 2 good eyes; just don't wish what you're going through on anyone!

I wonder what specialist you are going to. There is one in KC I was told about, but for the life of me, I cannot remember his name, maybe you know him already. I go to Dr. Hemphill. He's a great Dr., but has told me of the other in KC, who comes highly recommended.

I am glad you have family to help you out. Without family or a good friend, who else is there? As for the fall trip, I can't imagine this will be the last get together with this group. Don't stress out over anything. It will not help your healing process. As quilters, we know how important it is for our eyes...or at least one...works.

Blessings and prayers to you, Sandy. You are too special to let this get you down. Thank on things that are good and true. Congratulations on all the great new additions to your family. They are a blessing.

Grandma G
September 16th, 2013, 06:30 PM
Oh, Sandy - I am so sorry your recovery is going so slowly. I am happy to see you pop in and update us, though, because you have been missed. Your humor keeps us laughing even after we have signed off for the day. I pray for a faster recovery for you. I hate it when one of the "good guys" is going through a tough time.

Congratulations on the news of becoming a great grandmother! At this point the circumstances don't matter. What does matter is that this precious baby has the best care and all the love in the world. I know he'll get that from you!!

God Bless.

New York Sue
September 16th, 2013, 06:45 PM
My best to you, Chica. I pray a 'little more time' is all that's required here.
(I don't know why, but I have a good feeling.....) ;)

September 16th, 2013, 06:47 PM
Hang in there, dear friend. You are tougher than this is....my prayers are with you. Love, Barb

September 16th, 2013, 06:48 PM
Hugs, prayers, and thoughts of fluffy white sheep being sent your way Sandy :)

September 16th, 2013, 06:50 PM
So sorry for what you are going through. I'll continue to pray for your speedy recovery.

September 16th, 2013, 07:05 PM
Sandy...if you need a ride on the 4th of Oct to go up to Hamilton...I wouldn't mind you riding with me and my daughter, sweetie! We would miss you, you know......

September 16th, 2013, 07:06 PM
...know that I have all my on-line friends close to my heart!!!

And you are always close to ours and in our prayers.

September 16th, 2013, 07:15 PM
( Who knows? I may wake tomorrow and miraculously be cured. We can hope and pray, right?)

Sandy, I hope and pray that this happens! You've been thru enough and its time for some good to come to you. Genny

September 16th, 2013, 08:04 PM
Oh Sandi, what you have been through would send anyone through an emotional roller coaster and not all would have the same outlook you do at this point. Prayers for continued recovery. There are other options to reading the forum - windows has some text to speech tools built in and there are other programs too. Might take some of the strain off of the eye if you are only looking at pictures. :)

Children are a blessing from God. Maybe their circumstances are not what we would have planned for, but God does know best. I know you will have fun planning something blue for a change of pace.

So good to hear from you - you are missed!

September 16th, 2013, 08:18 PM

September 16th, 2013, 08:25 PM
Bless your heart Sandy. I knew you were having vision issues but had no idea what it entailed. I watched them do lens replacement on my BIL eyes when I was in nursing school and found it amazing what they can actually do to the human eye. With today's technologies they should have you up and seeing before you know it. Be patient my friend and I can't wait to see you back on here real soon!
Hugs from Ky

September 16th, 2013, 08:57 PM
Sending up some prayers for you! Hope things keep improving for you Sandy.

September 16th, 2013, 09:01 PM
Sandy, I sure wish I could just snap my fingers and you would be able to see again. Do you have any idea how much you are missed here? A grandson, golly geewillikers. There is nothing like a new baby, doesn't matter what the circumstances are. He will be loved no matter what. Doesn't sound like you will have a problem with the get together to MSQC. Take care, my friend and I will say extra prayers for you. I love you, don't you know.

September 16th, 2013, 10:00 PM
More good wishes and prayers from me to you. May God grant you a huge healing very soon. And may you make your planned trip and have a wonderful time with your quilting sisters. God Bless

September 16th, 2013, 10:13 PM
Yeah what Karen said. I will make sure you get where you want to go. You are half the reason I am coming. We can hang out or what ever you want. Love you big bunches GF.
Hey, I'm driving all the way from New Mexico, if I have to make a side trip to grab you, so be it. There are enough of us that transportation for you shouldn't be an issue.

My sister may have to have little tubes inserted in her tear ducts because her eyes dry out so much. I thought of you when she told me, not the same procedure, but still, sticking something anywhere close to the eye can't be good!

September 16th, 2013, 10:40 PM
Sandy, sending more prayers and hugs your way. Hope you start to see steady improvement. Sorry, no pun intended! :icon_slap:

You may remember that I mentioned that my granddaughter has 2 little men. I think I see them more than I had the grandchildren, but then again, I'm was working full time then. Enjoy. Babies are so precious and sweet.

September 16th, 2013, 11:44 PM
Sandy--- My cousin has to get shots in her eyes once a month and she says it is horrid. (how she goes back every month is beyond me, knowing what is coming, but having SIGHT is a good motivator, I guess!)

There are so many people who will want you at the gathering I am sure you will be able to find a ride! (I'd get you, but as I'm not going...)

Ezra is a great name for your first great grandson, congrats! I know that your granddaughter knows first hand what she is taking on, and I am certain that your family will gather around and love this little BOY!
Take care, friend!

Gayle Russell
September 17th, 2013, 12:50 AM
Sandy, I am so sorry to hear of your vision problems. I'm sending a few prayers for you. The struggle is difficult, but someday there will be a reward! When I read your "story", Diane Rose came to mind. Here is her story. May she be a blessing and an inspiration for you.


September 17th, 2013, 01:01 AM
((((((((Sandy)))))))))) dear forum friend, While you have a house full of people that all "want" you to take care of them, this is also a time God has chosen as a time to take care of YOU! Let them help you out! I hear you on a Blessing of a little boy coming, yet.... you do already have a house full. I hope this heals better for you with all our prayers. My father has wet macular degeneration and has to go for monthly shots... ugh I too don't know how it is done but the gift of sight is a big motivator! Please take care of YOU dear Sandy!

I'm driving from Wallace State park and no-matter how far it is, can EASILY swing by every day and every night! Have SUV WILL help! I understand the pity-party, and think it is GOOD for you 1 day a week if that is what you need... wallow in it, then pull your strong boots back up and kick butt to get better.

September 17th, 2013, 04:19 AM
Dearest Sandy -- I will be praying for you!

September 17th, 2013, 05:57 AM
Keep your chin up Sandy. Miss you !!!

September 17th, 2013, 06:42 AM
Dear Sandy, we miss you. Hope you will be able to get to the MSQC in Oktober. We are counting on your detailed travel reports about that trip!

September 17th, 2013, 07:35 AM
Dear Sandy - have missed you and do so much hope that things will improve for you. I would love to be coming from downunder to the gettogether and would divert to give you a lift. Alas - that's really not happening but the thought is there. I do hope you will be on top of things very soon. And new babies - what is so much not to love about them? My grandies are coming up to 7, 5 and 5 and are now starting to "educate" Grandma. Cheers Chris

September 17th, 2013, 02:08 PM
So sorry to hear you are going through this Sandy! Having worked in one of only two Schools of Optometry in Canada, I'm well aware of the types of concerns you have. This has got to be so difficult for you. I truly hope that you can recover soon and be back to your general hilarious self....I enjoy your posts immensely! Get well soon!!!

September 17th, 2013, 02:59 PM
Hi, (((Sandy))), Just want to let you know that I feel privileged to pray for you, your DGD, and Ezra. Sorry I won't be able to make the trip next month - what fun it would be to meet all of you in person! Have a wonderful time, and hug everyone for me!
~ Sally \0/

stitching woman
September 17th, 2013, 03:22 PM
Sandy so sorry that you are having so much trouble with your eyes. Hopefully the doctors we get a handler on this soon. Prayers!

If you need a ride let me know I will be glad to come and get you. The get together will not be the same without you.