Santo Hermano Pedro
Santo Oscar Romero
A WEEK IN AMERICA CENTRAL!
I´m having a little eye surgery tomorrow...it´s a slight tear in my Retina...as usual I get the heebee jeebes when I have to ¨go under¨ for a few...please say a little prayer for my well-being and please God let my nervous tension fall away...I´ll be back with a full report and a eye patch for a few days/daze.
My best to all of you, siempre
Last Wednesday afternoon (one week ago) afternoon (after sleeping it off and getting up to take a pill and eat fresh fruit salad) the surgery was 6:00 A.M. this morning...I´ve got a eyepatch and only a slight dull pain. The Opthamoligist, said all went well and I should heal nicely if I follow her instructions over the next week (follow up visit Friday)...Anesthesilogist, was also seemed very professional, although a regular nurse which seemed odd...it was like being treated well and I didn´t feel anything even when they put the needle in my wrist vein...they are both from the country of Columbia and have studied in Europe, South/Central America and The United States they said.
Back to the King size bed (where all five dogs of various sizes and breed are guarding me like carefully...how do they know?)...Violetta is cleaning, the sun is streaming down and the birds are chirping...thanks be to God there are so many blessings in my life (Juan Carlos laid out my clothes for me at the C.O.D./crack-of-dawn and my dear friend Judy came and picked me up/brought me home...the Sunrise this morning was spectacular).
More soon and thank you for all the kind words, friendship and prayers...love to all,
FRIDAY UPDATE: Had my followup eyecheck this morning. The Doctor has ordered me to stay in bed all weekend with my head askew...more healing needs to take place inside but I see much better...slight irritation outside and I have new meds. It will be hard to stay in bed´...I´m not the type, but I will (and hold my head askew when reading about all of you in blogland).
MONDAY UPDATE: I stayed in bed most all of the weekend with my head Spiro Askewed. I went early this morning for the update on my eye. The Doctor said it had not improved and suggested another intrusive surgery that is four times more expensive than the first she performed. I calmy asked her to review/write down what she has done to date. I asked for her to write down exactly what she did do and what she wants to do (incidentally the price of the second surgery went up from the original amount she quoted and I pointed that out to her in her own writing from her own notes)...so, thank goodness I have a high placed friend in our Capitol City and tomorrow I will see ¨the most professional¨ Opthamoligist in the Country...he is also widely respected and a Harvard graduate. We will see what he has to report. Meanwhile, I´m trying to see what part Medicare would pay on a torn retina surgery should I opt to come Stateside for the operation...I´ve got wonderful options in terms of cities to go to and friends that would welcome me for a recovery period that may be a week or so. Therefore, tomorrow will reveal quite a lot. Love to almost all,
MORE UPDATE AUGUST 25th (today is my Birthday)
Tomorrow at 11:OO to around 1:OO I will be having retinal surgery...I saw FOUR of the FOUR top specialists (thanks to a dear friend getting me special appointment) in our Capitol City today and two of them will officiate on my retinal tear surgery tomorrow...my vision, as it turns out is 20/20 and they all insist it must STAY THAT WAY! So, off I go, I´m scared again, but hope to be home resting tomorrow late afternoon...apparently I will be in bed for more than a week but I can see a little T.V. and check the computer too...so, I´ll be in touch with all of you dear people whom I love and wish the best for in all that you do. Hasta la vista (literally)
JUST GOT HOME. August 26, 2009, Late Afternoon!
It went really, really, well, the Doctors were fantastic the Anatheisioligist was REALLY GOOD DOCTOR (not nurse) and they repaired the torn retina completely...no pain now, but I´m still numb in the forehead area and I will take meds tonight and every 6 and 12 hours after that...must stay close to bed but I wanted to thank you so much for your kind wishes, checking ups and prayers for me...I´ve been as guarding angeled as one could be...more love, avalanches of it, with friends Elizabeth, Tom and Cathy escorting me in for the surgery and waiting hours. Wow. Yours, Len (can you imagine fs had eleven hours worth of this stuff, she´s a far braver patient than I)! FS! My hero!
AUGUST 27th, THE FOLLOW UP!
GREETINGS FREINDS (I typed fiends the first time because I´ve got a patch and my typing ain´t all that exact)...had my day after check up in BIGTOWN, thanks to Elizabeth and Tom driving me in, and the lead doctor who did my surgery, who is the head of the super efficient eye clinic and a Harvard Man, said to me while finishing the brightlight intrusive checkathon that, ¨this is not good...it´s PERFECT! Your retina is attached.¨ Thanks be to God, to him and his associates (a team of three doctors and three nurses worked on me for two hours), my highplaced friend who ¨connected me¨, and ALL OF YOU (interestingly the Episcopal/Anglican Cathedral was/is two blocks away and I passed it going and coming these last days...I don´t attend it anymore for various reasons, mostly Bishop related and unimportant in the big picture of things)...I hang with more with the Romans Catholics these days (who ignore the Bishop of Rome and the local Cardinal like they don´t know who you are talking about when their names are mentioned blankness sets in...mostly, and we use The Book of Common Prayer for our services).
I´m off to bed. All is well, and thank you for being here for/with me!
Had a great night sleep. All seems well, slight prickly sensations (there are some stictches inside) but have pain killers, antibiotic drops, and blood pressure pills (and Oatmeal Cookies)...I removed patch (per instructions of Doctor) and looked at, and cleaned around, my little eye opening that seemed to be emerging from a state of bewilderment)...read GAFCON, chuckled about Mrs. Crabapple Kennedy, the priestess, which seemed to get my mind functioning again...tooth ferrie, her husband is the toothy ferrie extraordinare with overly bite (one really ought be vaccinated when listening/reading their silly, yet sometimes contagious, poisoness stuff) HERE
Thanks all, back to bed.
BLACK EYED FRIDAY EVENING SERVICING!
I just did my little eye maintainance every eight hour project and I have a full fledged black eye...I knew it would come to this...I mean how good can someone look after a serious eye surgery (two of them in a week)? Thank goodness it is fully hidden under my plastic venilated eyebubble guard and I´ve put a strip of tape directly over the outside of the guard and it covers the worst part...so many new experiences to behold on a rainy vainey day...as if anyone could see me anyway.
MONDAY MORNING AND ALL IS WELL/UPCOMING ATTRACTIONS
I had a quiet weekend with the exception of watching OUR FRIEND Father Jake/Terry on a video produced by The Diocese of Washington and suggested to me by HRH Mimi, Absolute Queen of Southern Louisiana/beyond HERE.
Up and down I went but mostly rested on my right side and celebrated with millions all over the world the life and farewell to another American Hero, Senator Ted Kennedy.
My left eye seems to be improving and now when I look through it I see the top of Juan Carlos´ head (forehead but no eveballs yet) and then the rest appears underwater and fluidlike still...but this is good as the surgeon told me this is exactly what would happen this week as the injected gas disappears slowly and full vision reappears...presto!
I´m still having a big party on Saturday Night for the local FREE library/learning center I´d planned for months ahead (not knowing I´d have eye difficulties)...it´s a fundraiser and some very nifty people are coming...the house is being whipped into shape with fresh paint/etc. by Juan Carlos and some other wonderful helpers and Violetta and I will plan the menu today and the gardner, Chepe, has been planning/replanting parts in my little garden for weeks...the bar is a open affair and their will be a guitarist the first hour in the garden (hope it doesn´t rain) singing heartbroken/wrenching Mexican love songs (I told him to keep it low and less hopeless and more feliz)...all ought be well as I prepare later this week for another Doctor visit at the Capitol (he said I could proceed with the party but I´ll probably wear a patch to the party and sit more than usual as I´m normally running about).
September is San Miguel the Archangel month...I live in one of the many San Miguel named Pueblos in Latin America where he is Patron Saint. This month also comes Independence Day (from Spain)...this place will rock with fireworks and celebrations, processions featuring a statue of San Miguel for visiting private homes for overnights (a honor to host him) each night of the month, regular marching bands and events in the Plaza...a good time and happy time and I´m Thankful to be here and to be healing and seeing for the lively events.
UPDATE THURSDAY AFTERNOON AFTER DOCTOR (I KNOW, THIS THREAD WILL COME TO A END SOON)
I´ve just returned from my one week away from the surgery and the surgeons (2) gave me a BIG thumbs up...my retina is in place, the tear repaired, the healing will continue for a few weeks, but, wow, I can´t tell you how thrilled I am to be so well taken care of...thank you all for being here.
THE END (of the eye stuff)
Well, not quite:
Today, September 24, 2009. I will have another surgery on my left eye this afternoon...after a seemingly strong recovery, another tear happened yesterday and a more ¨extrensive¨ proceedure will take place at 2:30 today...estimated recovery time 3 months (although I ought be up and about I´ll only have the use on one eye)...just when I thought banging into thesides of doors and missing my ¨mark¨ on canvas was over and only a temporary annoyance...geesh, I´ve always been the artful dodger but this time I´m trapped (and scared)...¨God help me accept the things I can not change¨ comes to mind. Acceptance can be a very freeing word into action...think I´ll chant it, think it and give it another try...it works. I trust God, bottom line, no matter what and the whimpering must cease. Back to bed now for a few more wink/twitches...lol You should see my King size bed; covered/surrounded by five dogs (that know something is ¨up¨)
Love to all, siempre
THURSDAY EVENING SEPTEMBER 24, 2009
Just returned home from having a two hour surgery...the Doctor says that it all went well and I´m happy to be alive and repairing...the left eye is being treated for a surge in retinal tears and they have injected some kind of oil for six months to keep the heavily lasered walls up...or something like that. All is well, I may not be a coward afterall (I´ll let you know when all the pain killers wear off).
Love to all,
WEDNESDAY EVENING SEPTEMBER 30, 2009
Today was the second check up after last weeks surgery. I´ve spent most of the time since last Thursday in and around bed...it´s hard for me to keep quiet as I have so many creative thoughts that run through my mind (I want to jump up and paint painting or do some designing) but, alas, my dear friend Doña Irene gave me a very serious ¨talking to¨ and I listened to her (because she knows many things and has a great sense of humor too). The Doctor checked the surgery recovery and then checked my ¨good eye¨ and reports that all is well. Things are looking very healthy for me and I thank God (and nature taking it´s course), and the blessing of good people around me that have helped me through this difficult and disorienting adjustment/fear...the very thought of losing my eye sent me into a panic that I´ve not known for decades and I´m happy to report peace of mind has returned and I intend to make good use of my ¨gifts¨...I say thank God over and over to myself because I believe that God helped me go through my difficulties...when I feel overwhelmed and powerless I always ask God to help me accept the things I can not change (and change the things I can)...my Doctor was/is another miracle worker and a kind/wise fellow and for him I am filled with gratitude.
Reality and the world around me are fascinating to view...it just takes some paying attention to...I´ll be more attentive because of this health challenge because I don´t want to miss anything.
·Thanks to Flickr Photo Sharing
·Thanks to Irene de Grinnell
·Thanks to Elizabeth, Tom and Cathy
·Thanks to Luis Hernandez
·Thanks to Dr. Luis Felipe Hernandez Mutute
·Thanks to John Holden
·Thanks to Judy Sandlier and Gene
·Thanks to Tom, Paul and Mom/Joyce
·Thanks to Lisa Jensen
·Thanks to Juan Carlos Castillo Fuentes
·Thanks to Violetta the Great
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