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[IP] Phoenix, Arizona, Help for Tom on Tues

Forgive me if I offend anyone but Tom asked for help in Phoenix for when he 
goes through surgery next week.  I live near St. Louis so I cannot help, but 
I have made pleas before to the list for help (for pump and blood testing) 
when I have had to go through surgery, so I completely understand his 
predicament.  Please read his original message which I am attaching and 
consider helping him.  Thanks!

Also, to Tom, my sincerest well wishes with your surgery.  

Cee Dee
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Date: Thu, 8 May 2003 20:45:29 -0700
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Subject: [IP] A Different Kind of Vitrectomy
From: "Thomas J. Beatson" <email @ redacted>
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I just finished doing an IP search for info about vitrectomy. Actually I 
was hoping to find info about a vitrectomy for membrane stripping, 
rather than a vitrectomy for removing blood from the vitreous, but I was 
unsuccessful for that. However, I was rewarded to find quite a few 
detailed descriptions written by Sara SP, as only Sara can write them. 
Thank you Sara for your attention to detail.

I am scheduled to have a vitrectomy for membrane stripping in my left 
eye as an outpatient procedure on Tuesday afternoon May 13. The dx 
condition is called macular pucker, which is a wrinkling of the macula, 
the area at the center of the retina which is responsible for clear, 
detailed vision. I do not have bleeding in my eye, but the only 
practical way for the surgeon to get to the retina is to go through the 
vitreous, so it's still called a vitrectomy.

I complained of slightly blurred vision in my left eye, and also notice 
that when I compare one eye with the other, the image in the left eye is 
slightly smaller than in the right eye. My ophthalmologist sent me to a 
retina specialist, who did a fluorescein angiogram, leading to the dx.

When I talked to the woman who schedules surgeries for the retina 
specialist, she assured me that they are familiar with insulin pumps, 
since they do lots of conventional vitrectomies on diabetics, some of 
whom have been pumpers. I told her to be sure and get an 
anesthesiologist who is pump friendly.

Since I live alone, I will take a taxi to and from the surgical 
facility, just as I have done twice before when I had cataracts removed. 
If there's anyone located here in Phoenix that is knowledgeable about 
the MM508 and the One Touch Ultra and available Tuesday afternoon to 
provide assistance while I am coming out of the anesth, please let me 
know by private email.

Tom Beatson
dx 12/1942, 506 1995, 508 2000
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