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WJforLife Is Going In For Surgery Soon...  
User currently offlineWestJetForLife From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 814 posts, RR: 1
Posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 1628 times:

Hi, everyone.

Just thought I'd post a thread on my upcoming eye surgery and just say it's going to be a little scary for me.

I have had a condition called searching nystagmus for about 15 years now. It's a condition where my left eye likes to wander off into the socket, causing a 'googley-eyes' effect. It's been the butt of many jokes and harassment for the past 15-16 years, and now that I am finally getting it done, it feels as if it's like a change is in progress. It may not be as significant as plastic surgery, but it's going to change the way I look and feel about myself.

To be honest, going in for this scares me, because one: I have this small fear of not waking up from the anesthetic and two, I am afraid the surgery won't go over as I had planned (EG: a muscle may snap or it won't fit up correctly).

I thank you for reading this, and I hope you're all doing fine.

Thanks in advance for reading,
Nik

PS: I'll post a couple pictures of myself later to show the nystagmus. After the surgery is done on May 24, I'll post the surgery results on here too.


I need a drink.
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User currently offlineQueso From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 1620 times:

Best of luck to you! And don't worry about the anesthetic, eveything will go just fine.

User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 35
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 1620 times:

I'm sure everything will work out fine. I'll have an Alex Keiths for you just to make sure though ...  Wink


A Grumpy German Is A Sauerkraut
User currently offlineUnknownUser From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 1607 times:

I had it done when I was little. Like 2 mos. little. Just a quick snip of the muscle and you're done. It is cool though that I can make that eye wander off when I want.

User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 1607 times:

We'll be pulling for you, I'm quite sure . . . .


My cousin Judy had the same surgery and it was resoundingly successful . . . .

I'm quite sure your doctors will be the best and you'll be just fine . . .












Does this mean you won't be posting inane threads in Civ-Av for a while  praise  biggrin 
 wink 


User currently offlineWestJetForLife From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 814 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 1602 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 4):

Yeah, ANC. I'll probably be dead from the anesthetic for a day or so, then I'll be back on my feet by the 25th/26th at the latest.

Thanks already for everything, guys.

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 2):
I'll have an Alex Keiths for you just to make sure though

Spoken like a true Canadian. Thanks, ACDC.

Nik



I need a drink.
User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 1588 times:

May your surgery be successful and non-threatening. Please do keep us updated on your progression.


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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 1581 times:

Quoting WestJetForLife (Reply 5):
Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 4):


Yeah, ANC. I'll probably be dead from the anesthetic for a day or so, then I'll be back on my feet by the 25th/26th at the latest.

That WAS humor in my post - you realize that I hope.

Best luck to you . . . .


User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 1581 times:

I had the same surgery way back when I was a kid.. If I could "survive" it way back in the pre-historic early 1960s, you'll do just fine. Fret not....

Maybe you'll get a laugh out of this...

About 5 years ago, I had a cataract removed and replaced with an artificial lens implant. They put me under, but at one point during the procedure, I recall feeling tugging/pressure (no pain) and the anesthesiologist making some really snide comment about something I was/wasn't doing (while supposedly under anesthesia) and I remember saying "that's because I'm still awake you stupid asshole.." and that's the last thing I remember. On my follow-up office visit, my opthamologist told me that she and nurses almost burst out laughing when I'd said that (turns out the guy really was an asshole), and she had him turn the knob a little more so I went back under. She used a different anesthesiologist when I had the other eye done about a month later....


User currently offlineWestJetForLife From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 814 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 1577 times:

Big version: Width: 2816 Height: 2112 File size: 1499kb


This is the picture of my eyes, pre-operation. Notice the left eye's tendency to 'rise' upward into the socket. They are pulling the left eye down and tightening the muscle below to make the eye straighten forward and reduce/eliminate the "googley-eyes" effect.

To reduce glare, I removed my eyeglasses required for seeing (I have no natural lenses in my eyes and require prescription lenses to see).

Nik



I need a drink.
User currently offlineWestJetForLife From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 814 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 1573 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 7):
That WAS humor in my post - you realize that I hope.

I know, don't worry. I got a laugh out of it.  Smile Big grin

Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 8):
About 5 years ago, I had a cataract removed and replaced with an artificial lens implant. They put me under, but at one point during the procedure, I recall feeling tugging/pressure (no pain) and the anesthesiologist making some really snide comment about something I was/wasn't doing (while supposedly under anesthesia) and I remember saying "that's because I'm still awake you stupid asshole.." and that's the last thing I remember. On my follow-up office visit, my opthamologist told me that she and nurses almost burst out laughing when I'd said that (turns out the guy really was an asshole), and she had him turn the knob a little more so I went back under. She used a different anesthesiologist when I had the other eye done about a month later.

Oh, my lord. THAT made my afternoon! Thx for that! That really lightened my mood!

Cheers, Nik



I need a drink.
User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 1547 times:

Quoting WestJetForLife (Reply 10):
Oh, my lord. THAT made my afternoon! Thx for that! That really lightened my mood!

Mission accomplished..  Wink Think about that story when you go in for your procedure whenever the nerviousness comes....


User currently offlineEvan767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2957 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 1540 times:

I had the same surgery when I was little. Unfortunately, it didn't work. I had it done again in the 4th grade, and it helped a little. Now, in the 9th grade, I have pretty straight eyes most of the time, except when I wake up in the morning. My right eye is the problem eye and it goes towards the nose. I am alright with it. Don't worry if the surgery doesn't work, the eye will continue to get stronger.


The proper term is "on final" not "on finals" bud...
User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8675 posts, RR: 16
Reply 13, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 1536 times:

Quoting WestJetForLife (Thread starter):

To be honest, going in for this scares me, because one: I have this small fear of not waking up from the anesthetic and two, I am afraid the surgery won't go over as I had planned (EG: a muscle may snap or it won't fit up correctly).



Quoting Queso (Reply 1):
Best of luck to you! And don't worry about the anesthetic, eveything will go just fine.

I have had surgury like this for the past 8years and nothing has gone wrong. No worries as Queso said above. Were all here for you.

Best of luck,
Hunter



Never be afraid to stand up for who you are.
User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8451 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 1495 times:

I thought at the end of the surgery we were going to have to call you Westjetforlifeette.

Seriously tho, hope it all goes well.


User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3185 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (7 years 4 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1454 times:

Good luck with the operation.

I had a cataract removal a few years ago; I didn't feel a thing. Went to sleep woke up in a different room a hour or so later.



Why fly non stop when you can connect
User currently offlineWestJetForLife From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 814 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (7 years 4 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1373 times:

Update on the surgery as of May 24, 2007:

The surgery was a success. Left eye nystagmus corrected to the point where my left eye is now as functional and straight as right eye.

Surgeons did a good job, and I get a follow-up tomorrow (May 25) on the surgery.

Still a bit woozy from the anesthetic, but I took it quite well. I'm quite happy with the results.

Cheers,
Nik



I need a drink.
User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (7 years 4 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1369 times:

Quoting WestJetForLife (Reply 16):
The surgery was a success.

Always good news  bigthumbsup 


User currently offlineQueso From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (7 years 4 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1366 times:

Quoting WestJetForLife (Reply 16):
Still a bit woozy from the anesthetic, but I took it quite well.

See there, I told ya it would work out OK! Congratulations! Now go get some rest!


User currently offlineAndesSMF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (7 years 4 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1359 times:

Good to hear everything went allright.

Enjoy!


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 4 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1359 times:

Excellent!  praise 

Congratulations . . .

Give your eye a rest from the monitor . . . I think we could survive without you another day or so  duck  wink 


User currently offlineWestJetForLife From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 814 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (7 years 4 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1343 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 20):
Give your eye a rest from the monitor . . . I think we could survive without you another day or so

Is that an order, ANC? Or are you just egging me along.

I'll get some rest in a bit, don't worry. Thanks for the suggestion, though. Greatly appreciated.  Smile

Nik



I need a drink.
User currently offlineRammstein From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (7 years 4 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1342 times:

Quoting WestJetForLife (Reply 21):
I'll get some rest in a bit, don't worry.

Still at the PC?  Angry

Seriously, congratulations and best wishes!


User currently offlineWestJetForLife From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 814 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (7 years 4 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1336 times:

Quoting Rammstein (Reply 22):
Still at the PC?

Not anymore. Time for me to take a rest.

Hope you're all doing well and I thank you all for your compassion and acceptance through this time. I have overcome a hurdle that has burdened me for 17 years...now all I need to do is talk to the eye doctor about getting contact lenses, and who knows? I may be flying for WS or AC in NO time flat!

Cheers from Calgary,
Nik



I need a drink.
User currently offlineEvan767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2957 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (7 years 4 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1332 times:

Quoting WestJetForLife (Reply 23):
Hope you're all doing well and I thank you all for your compassion and acceptance through this time. I have overcome a hurdle that has burdened me for 17 years...now all I need to do is talk to the eye doctor about getting contact lenses, and who knows? I may be flying for WS or AC in NO time flat!

How's your 3D vision in your bad eye?



The proper term is "on final" not "on finals" bud...
User currently offlineWestJetForLife From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 814 posts, RR: 1
Reply 25, posted (7 years 4 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1294 times:

Quoting Evan767 (Reply 24):
How's your 3D vision in your bad eye?

My left eye has improved my 3D vision about 75-100%. My peripheral vision is much better and I have better depth perception now (when my eye was in its original state, I couldn't catch a ball that well).

Basically, this surgery turned me around...a lot.



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