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Re: Sick list

Post by DI Burnside @ Wed Apr 24, 2019 12:40 pm

Eye surgery confirmed for Friday !

They’ve discovered my left eye is dropping a little, not enough at present to cause a problem but it means he’s changing his approach. He was going to move some of the muscles from the top of my eye to the left to give me a bit of movement in that direction, but there would be a 20% chance this would increase the eye dropping to the point where it would become a problem. So he’s going to “simply” move the left and right eye muscles a bit so it straightens my eye up, and at the same time move them both up slightly to remove the drooping.

I’ll still need some level of prism in my glasses afterwards, but the aim is to reduce this as much as possible, certainly to a point where I don’t have to have stickers on my glasses ! It may be that my current glasses, with the sticker removed, might be ok; or if they’re then too strong they can put some stickers on to reduce the strength while I wait for the opticians to sort me out with some new ones. I’ve also ordered a cheap pair of clear glasses in case that turns out to be unworkable, they can put some temporary stickers on them while I wait for the opticians to sort me out with some new ones.

I won’t be able to drive for “up to” 3 weeks :( He contradicted that though by going on to say the DVLA rules are that I can drive as long as my double vision is corrected and I have adjusted to that correction, which shouldn’t take anywhere near 3 weeks. Hopefully I’ll be ok after next week, bit of a pain though as I've got my annual MRI on Tuesday so I might have to move that.
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Re: Sick list

Post by Doctor Congo @ Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:42 pm

Do you know who’s doing the surgery?
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Re: Sick list

Post by DI Burnside @ Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:08 pm

Doctor Congo wrote:Do you know who’s doing the surgery?


Peter Thomas, Moorfields at Bedford. I've met him a couple of times and really like him.
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Re: Sick list

Post by Deuteronomy @ Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:17 pm

DI Burnside wrote:
Doctor Congo wrote:Do you know who’s doing the surgery?


Peter Thomas, Moorfields at Bedford. I've met him a couple of times and really like him.


I fcuking DARE you to let our very own Doc Congo have a go.
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Re: Sick list

Post by Dirk @ Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:24 pm

Deuteronomy wrote:
DI Burnside wrote:
Doctor Congo wrote:Do you know who’s doing the surgery?


Peter Thomas, Moorfields at Bedford. I've met him a couple of times and really like him.


I fcuking DARE you to let our very own Doc Congo have a go.

I dare him to let TT have a go
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Re: Sick list

Post by S1K @ Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:28 pm

I’ll do it if you like. I’ve got a Leatherman and if I have time I’ll watch some videos on Youtube first.
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Re: Sick list

Post by DI Burnside @ Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:29 pm

Dirk wrote:
Deuteronomy wrote:
DI Burnside wrote:
Doctor Congo wrote:Do you know who’s doing the surgery?


Peter Thomas, Moorfields at Bedford. I've met him a couple of times and really like him.


I fcuking DARE you to let our very own Doc Congo have a go.

I dare him to let TT have a go


The Doc, no problem.

TT, they didn't damage by brain nearly enough.
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Re: Sick list

Post by Careless Whisperer @ Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:50 pm

Deuteronomy wrote:
DI Burnside wrote:
Doctor Congo wrote:Do you know who’s doing the surgery?


Peter Thomas, Moorfields at Bedford. I've met him a couple of times and really like him.


I fcuking DARE you to let our very own Doc Congo have a go.

Hmm... Everybody had their price.

A CTF crowdfund for the good Doc to turn his eyes upside down or something?
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Re: Sick list

Post by Il Duce @ Wed Apr 24, 2019 4:17 pm

DI Burnside wrote:
Dirk wrote:
Deuteronomy wrote:
DI Burnside wrote:
Doctor Congo wrote:Do you know who’s doing the surgery?


Peter Thomas, Moorfields at Bedford. I've met him a couple of times and really like him.


I fcuking DARE you to let our very own Doc Congo have a go.

I dare him to let TT have a go


The Doc, no problem.

TT, they didn't damage by brain nearly enough.


Of course they didn't.
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Re: Sick list

Post by Doctor Congo @ Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:49 pm

Careless Whisperer wrote:
Deuteronomy wrote:
DI Burnside wrote:
Doctor Congo wrote:Do you know who’s doing the surgery?


Peter Thomas, Moorfields at Bedford. I've met him a couple of times and really like him.


I fcuking DARE you to let our very own Doc Congo have a go.

Hmm... Everybody had their price.

A CTF crowdfund for the good Doc to turn his eyes upside down or something?


Lol I haven’t done squint surgery for 6 years so they probably would end upside down!

I’ve only taken eye muscles off (and put back) when repairing a ruptured eyeball recently. Don’t know Pete Thomas but I’m sure he’s great. Good luck dibs!
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Re: Sick list

Post by CJ+ @ Fri Apr 26, 2019 7:32 am

Good luck dibs!

Doctor Congo wrote:repairing a ruptured eyeball

Cor, is that a thing you can do? Check you out, with your mad skillz! How does it work?
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Re: Sick list

Post by Careless Whisperer @ Fri Apr 26, 2019 9:24 am

Master CW has had shingles over the past couple of weeks. Clearing up now so he only missed one day of school, but caught us out because we didn't know kids could have it and two Pharmacists thought it was an allergy.

Fortunately it isn't particularly painful in kids, unlike older adults. I remember it being very painful for my Mum when she had it in her 50's.
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Re: Sick list

Post by CJ+ @ Fri Apr 26, 2019 11:28 am

Careless Whisperer wrote:Master CW has had shingles over the past couple of weeks. Clearing up now so he only missed one day of school, but caught us out because we didn't know kids could have it and two Pharmacists thought it was an allergy.

Fortunately it isn't particularly painful in kids, unlike older adults. I remember it being very painful for my Mum when she had it in her 50's.

My FiL had it in his 70s. I believe the technical term is "it's properly shit".
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Re: Sick list

Post by thekungfury @ Fri Apr 26, 2019 11:59 am

I had a small patch of shingles in my 30's and can confirm the proper shiteness of it.

I was knackered and stressed with work, really run down. An itchy then sore patch about the size of a hen's egg appeared on my chest and within a couple of days it went beyond painful into agonising. I was on some hefty pain meds and the only way I could cope was having an ice pack on the area for a couple of days.
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Re: Sick list

Post by Paul H @ Fri Apr 26, 2019 12:11 pm

DI Burnside wrote:Eye surgery confirmed for Friday !



Hope it goes/has gone well
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Re: Sick list

Post by DI Burnside @ Fri Apr 26, 2019 12:22 pm

All done and back on the ward. Bit sore but feeling ok.

Massive difference! The Dr has just popped up to see me and is really pleased. Straight on there is very little double vision and I’ve even gained a bit of movement leftwards in that eye which was a bit unexpected. Something to do with the right hand muscles getting stronger so when they were “released” it shifted back in line, something like that anyway.

Just incredible.
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Re: Sick list

Post by Tokyo Sexwale @ Fri Apr 26, 2019 12:22 pm

That’s amazing. Well done Dibs, chuffed to hear it.
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Re: Sick list

Post by thekungfury @ Fri Apr 26, 2019 12:28 pm

Good stuff Dib

If your vision is fixed don't look into a mirror for a while, yeah?
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Re: Sick list

Post by DI Burnside @ Fri Apr 26, 2019 12:37 pm

thekungfury wrote:If your vision is fixed don't look into a mirror for a while, yeah?


Too late !

Fcuk that’s horrible, my poor wife.
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Re: Sick list

Post by Doctor Congo @ Fri Apr 26, 2019 1:30 pm

CJ+ wrote:Good luck dibs!

Doctor Congo wrote:repairing a ruptured eyeball

Cor, is that a thing you can do? Check you out, with your mad skillz! How does it work?


Quite simply stitching the wound closed. The stitches are so small you can barely see them, about a 10th of the thickness of a hair, so is done under the microscope. Sometimes of the split propagates around the eye under the muscles, we then have to remove the muscle temporarily then stitch it back on when repaired underneath. Takes a lot of time and effort
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Re: Sick list

Post by CJ+ @ Fri Apr 26, 2019 3:42 pm

Doctor Congo wrote:
CJ+ wrote:Good luck dibs!

Doctor Congo wrote:repairing a ruptured eyeball

Cor, is that a thing you can do? Check you out, with your mad skillz! How does it work?


Quite simply stitching the wound closed. The stitches are so small you can barely see them, about a 10th of the thickness of a hair, so is done under the microscope. Sometimes of the split propagates around the eye under the muscles, we then have to remove the muscle temporarily then stitch it back on when repaired underneath. Takes a lot of time and effort

Doesn't all the eye-jelly come out? What do you do in that circumstance?

The precision of what you describe is mind-boggling.
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Re: Sick list

Post by minimoog @ Fri Apr 26, 2019 3:48 pm

CJ+ wrote:The precision of what you describe is mind-boggling.


It is eye opening huh?

Good news Dibs - result.
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Re: Sick list

Post by DI Burnside @ Fri Apr 26, 2019 4:04 pm

CJ+ wrote:The precision of what you describe is mind-boggling.


It’s astonishing. The stitches they put in mine are adjustable so they could tweak if afterward if need be !

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Re: Sick list

Post by DI Burnside @ Fri Apr 26, 2019 7:07 pm

Home now.

The Doc came back later, once everything had settled down a bit, with an Optometrist who measured everything.

Result: straight on there is 0 double vision !

I am now walking around with no glasses on and I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am. I even had a little cry.

I’ll go back in a couple of weeks to check everything again and check nothing has drifted, cross everything 1

I’ll still need glasses but just normal ones now.

He did say as I get older and things wear out I might need prisms some point, don’t care.
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Re: Sick list

Post by S1K @ Fri Apr 26, 2019 7:15 pm

What have your glasses been like until now and are the issues with your eye (eyes?) related to the brain tumour or a separate thing?
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Re: Sick list

Post by DI Burnside @ Fri Apr 26, 2019 7:26 pm

S1K wrote:What have your glasses been like until now and are the issues with your eye (eyes?) related to the brain tumour or a separate thing?


Ive had to have increasing strength prisms put in which impacted on the clarity of my vision

The brain surgery caused unavoidable damage to the left hand side of my face, including the muscles on the left of my eye, which meant my eye was being pulled to the right causing double vision.
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Re: Sick list

Post by S1K @ Fri Apr 26, 2019 7:37 pm

Ah-ha, I see (quite a bit better than 20/20 once I’ve got my glasses on)

Hillary Clinton has prism glasses too.

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Re: Sick list

Post by DI Burnside @ Fri Apr 26, 2019 7:48 pm

S1K wrote:Ah-ha, I see (quite a bit better than 20/20 once I’ve got my glasses on)

Hillary Clinton has prism glasses too.

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That’s a stick on one so I guess she can’t have long been diagnosed, built in prisms are all but invisible head on.

I started with a sticker, then had built in ones, then had to have sticker added, then had new built in ones, then had to have a sticker put on them. I started with I think a 6 diopter correction and was knocking on 30 before today.
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Re: Sick list

Post by Doctor Congo @ Fri Apr 26, 2019 8:05 pm

CJ+ wrote:
Doctor Congo wrote:
CJ+ wrote:Good luck dibs!

Doctor Congo wrote:repairing a ruptured eyeball

Cor, is that a thing you can do? Check you out, with your mad skillz! How does it work?


Quite simply stitching the wound closed. The stitches are so small you can barely see them, about a 10th of the thickness of a hair, so is done under the microscope. Sometimes of the split propagates around the eye under the muscles, we then have to remove the muscle temporarily then stitch it back on when repaired underneath. Takes a lot of time and effort

Doesn't all the eye-jelly come out? What do you do in that circumstance?

The precision of what you describe is mind-boggling.


The vitreous and iris can pop out, if it’s already come out as a result of the injury, we have to trim away what’s devitalised and try and repair what’s left. The primary concern is closing the rupture, we can deal with everything else after. Of course, such an injury carries a very poor prognosis for sight in that patient and a high risk of retinal detachment and other issues.

Physically it’s incredibly challenging as it often takes hours operating looking in a different direction to where your hands are.

Those injuries are never nice to deal with. However some patients do astonishingly well after. They are very rare nowadays but used to be common before the seatbelt laws changed in the 80s.
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Re: Sick list

Post by Doctor Congo @ Fri Apr 26, 2019 8:06 pm

DI Burnside wrote:
CJ+ wrote:The precision of what you describe is mind-boggling.


It’s astonishing. The stitches they put in mine are adjustable so they could tweak if afterward if need be !

Now, anyone seen John Connor ?

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Well done dibs. Looks like a great result even on your ugly mug! I remember doing adjustable sutures as a registrar. Clever stuff!
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