Wednesday, March 19, 2014

My sister was diagnosed with AMA or Age-related Macular Degeneration

I often wake up and wonder what day it is because the days and weeks seem to fly by so fast.  This morning I thought it was Sunday for some reason.  I mean what happened to Monday and Tuesday already and in 12 more days March will end.  I know the folks in the snow-covered states are looking forward to the first day of spring, (tomorrow) but to us in Florida, it’s basically just another sunny day, or maybe I should say another hot, sunny day.  Not complaining though!

Today my sister had an appointment at the eye specialist.  I really like the waiting room and for those who want to watch TV, it is on the other side of this divider wall.

Today was the third appointment in two months and we spent 2-1/2 hours in this office.  We spent the same amount of time with the other two eye doctor’s in February with a couple more other doctor appointments in between. The mystery of those ‘fly by days’ has now been solved!

Now that I have that out of my system, I’m here to report new medical terms that have been added to our normal medically-filled days.  I’ve pretty much learned all there is to know about COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and the kidneys with low hemoglobin count that require aranesp shots.  We now have AMD or Age-related Macular Degeneration to deal with and what an ordeal today was.  Here’s a link with facts about AMD.

Luckily, no surgery today!      

After all the related tests were taken and after the doctor examined all the pictures and my sister’s eyes with glaring lights, she was given a Fluorescein angiogram which is a procedure of injecting fluorescent dye into the arm and then taking pictures as the dye passes through the blood vessels of the eye. Blink, blink, eye wide open, machine camera shot, blink, blink, eye wide open, another camera shot.  When they finished with her, she looked at the walls and said they were now pink and the spots before her had turned green so I gave her my sunglasses to dim the light show a little.

After the doctor examined the new images, he mentally prepared us for the shot she was about to get in her right eye that would help dry up the leaking blood vessel he saw in the images.  That’s when I left the room.  Thanks but no thanks!  

I stepped over to look at these display cubes held up with cable-type wire with light shining down the center of the cubes.  How clever!

Another seating area by the frames for glasses.

The news after she got her shot is that we wait to see how effective it is. She has the dry type of macular degeneration so we’re hoping it is not too bad in her left eye and new prescription glasses will help.  I will be adding a request for that in my prayers! 


If you notice any changes in your vision such as distorted, blurry images or large black spots larger than floaters, you might want to consult an eye specialist before anything gets to the advance stage.  I plan to do the same!     

6 comments:

  1. I have had floaters and flashes about 3 times in 10 years. I also have macular dry eye problems. had the dye test in the arm too. so far I haven't had the shot in the eye. I do hope she doesn't have to have that. I hear they numb it so you don't feel it.you do have your hands full. good luck to both of you. mw

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    1. I'm sorry to hear about your AMD and you're lucky that you don't need shots. My sister did have the shot today and even though they numbed it, she felt it. I heard her yelp once from in the other room. She was kind of miserable when we got home so I fixed up some cold compresses and she napped. Thanks for the good luck wishes which we can always use!

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  2. I had never seen doctor's office with such fancy interior design. Wow. I feel the same too regarding time flying by. I feel time passes faster now that I am not working than when I was working. I don't understand it.

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    1. I know - this is the coolest doctor's office with a nice staff too and both doctor's are great. I'm glad we didn't go back to the first doctor. Neither one of us liked him or the stupid stuff he said. I also know what you mean about time. When I retired in '03, I planned to get so much done but the day's were over before I knew it. I might need to stay off the computer more - maybe. haha I think when we're working we only have so much time to get things done at home so we become more organized and get right to it. That's one thought anyway.

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  3. YEAH, GET RIGHT TO IT, HA. NOT EASY WHEN YOU TRY TO DO 20 THINGS AT ONCE. LIKE MY SISTER DOES!! SHE'S GREAT BUT SHE LOADS HERSELF UP TOO MUCH. I'M BASICALLY LAZY SO NO WAY CAN I KEEP UP WITH HER.

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    1. It's never a good idea to try to keep up with anyone anyway. I always just do my own thing and if one day I feel like lazing about, that's what I do. The dust will still be there tomorrow!.

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