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[IP] Re: Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy

> If anyone has this diagnosis of PDR I'd appreciate you sharing with me how 
> your surgery went, how much of your vision was lost and your age when the 
> surgery was performed.  If you would also tell me about your prognosis, I'd 
> be so grateful.  

Many of us have had this surgery.  It's becoming
more and more common.  It is being caught quicker
and the treatment is much more successful.  It
wasn't that long ago that possible treatments were
limited, and not nearly as successful.  I have had 7
laser surgeries (4 on the left and 3 on the right). 
Each treatment consisted of 900 to 1,000 'burns'. 
The discomfort depends on what area of the retina is
being treated.  IIRC, towards the center is the
worst.  I have lost some peripheral vision, but it's
not really that bad.  I am very good about swinging
my head around when I change lanes, etc.  My laser
doctor (R. Jeffery Parker in Las Vegas) has done
such a terrific job that I only need to see him once
a year now, with my other doctors checking on them
regularly. Whenever another doctor (endo, glaucoma
specialist, gp, etc.) checks my eyes (as they all
should do) I am told what a super job he did.  When
I do see him he is always beaming because of my
current prognosis.  It's really nice to see a doctor
who is proud of the work he's done.

> I don't mean to be feeling sorry for myself, but I think that my feelings of 
> loss are probably common and one of the first steps to go through when 
> grieving.  
> Thank you.
> Donna 

Why should you feel sorry for yourself and grieving,
what have you lost?  Sound like you, and your
doctor, are right on top of it.  If you only have it
on one side and caught it early it sounds like there
will not be more than a couple treatments.  You
could even justify feeling grateful as it was caught
early and again grateful when it's done. Where the
problem comes in is if it is left unchecked and
progresses on its own.  Then you would have worries.
It's just another of the many (1,000's) of things we
need to take care of.

If you have any other questions, please contact me.
email @ redacted - Please watch for missing kids,
especially my son.
He who fears he shall suffer already suffers what he
 - Michel de Montaigne
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