EDIT: Official tally so far: Current donation amount is $6120.00 out of $5000 plus my PO box has been bombed with gifts and cards – including mics for my conventions that replace the mics that someone stole from me. THANK YOU all so much! I will be sending Thank Yous out as soon as I can. Any extra will go to the conventions and the educational efforts that we do!
I made an update to my post regarding my eye surgery yesterday due to a few reasons. I was scheduled for surgery in January with a particular surgeon who – something was “off”. I was having trouble getting answers to my questions, his team seemed to be trying to get me out of the room as fast as possible, and generally he was treating me like a piece of meat. I didn’t feel that he cared, to be honest.
A friend reconnected my husband with a college friend who is an eye surgeon. She doesn’t do my surgery but knows many eye surgeons, including the one I was scheduled with. She confirmed that my gut was right and that the surgeon I was scheduled with is not a bad surgeon, but he is indeed focused on money and speed instead of each patient. If my surgery goes flawlessly it won’t be an issue, but if there are any complications I will end up waiting a while to get treated post op. I’ll also be pushed back to my optometrist if there are and problems after 90 days.
With most people the surgery goes flawlessly and this is not an issue, but as I said before I am already a rarity with a retina deformity that most people will never see in their entire lives. I don’t want to chance it and simply bet that it will go flawlessly. I want the surgeon to be there for me if the worst case scenario happens – and most importantly I want to know what will happen to me in advance so that I won’t be unnecessarily scared.
I went to NYC to meet a surgeon that she recommended. His machines are newer and he took the time to explain everything to me. He’d like me to see a retina surgeon in the city in advance who will be standing by if my retina blows. He’s got the laser system the other surgeon has, but also a machine called an Ora, which will allow him to cross check during the surgery that the lens implant he selected is placing is correct. My understanding was the other guy was just going to calculate it once and hope it worked.
So now it looks like I am still getting surgery in January but with a different surgeon. The catch is that he is $2000 more expensive than the guy I previously was booked in with, so I now have to raise $5000 instead of 3. On the bright side, there is a good prognosis that I will be close to 20/20 when this is over. At the very least if there are problems he has a team there with worst case scenario plans.
If you’d like to contribute to the fee for the laser procedure and new glasses you can Use my Tip Jar link:
If there is extra it will not be kept by me. It will be used to further my charitable efforts to produce educational events for the geek community with (Re)Generation Who and Intervention.
Most of all, moral support is what I and my husband will need during this time because it is the scariest thing I’ve had to face yet. Eye things really freak me out. I am currently struggling to live my life and can’t even shop in the supermarket without help now. :(
One bonus – because I thought it might be interesting to my friends. Here is what it looks like to see like I do:
Here is the regular image:
Here is how I see with no correction:
Here is how I see with glasses:
Here is how I see it with contacts, which is my best correction available:
So please don’t get angry if I can’t recognize you this weekend when I am out and about at cons. I literally can’t recognize people easily even with my contacts in.
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