Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Three years ago, my mother had cataract surgery. Immediately after the surgery, she noticed that things didn't look right. Since she was an avid reader, her best description of how things looked to her included the page of a book. Take the page, cut it in half lengthwise, then move the right side of the page up about half an inch. THATS how things looked to her. Her doc tried and tried to correct this, but couldn't. She got tired and quit pressing. I had my reservations, but I learned long ago how far forcing my mother to do anything got me. Nowhere, maybe even back a few steps...
Last year, she developed clouding in her vision and it turned out that she needed to have her implanted lenses 'lasered off' - I don't remember the technical name for this procedure right now, but that's basically what they do. It clears the proteins and other organic substances that build up on the lenses.
Immediately after this procedure, she remarked how her vision was markedly different. Not good. Her doc sent her to a specialist and the diagnosis of Macular Degeneration took my breath away.
My mother is a go bug. She is independent. She's stubborn as an old horse and anyone who has tried to physically pull a horse anywhere they really didn't want to go knows how tiring that is! She smokes (gah! I've preached, begged, cajoled, all to no avail... at least she's using the extra filters now...)
This diagnosis hit her like a ton of bricks. She was down and sinking.
Started doing some reading and research. Learned a lot about macular degeneration. Thank God it was the dry one.
Discovered some really interesting things about supplementing for Macular Degeneration. Like many ailments, there are claims that folks have reversed it with nutrition and supplementation. I took those claims with a grain and decided that while I would certainly hope for improvement, my aim was to put my size 11 foot right in the middle of the degeneration and stop that in it's tracks!
My mom is a pretty healthy eater, she just smokes. Smoking depletes some vitamins/minerals. She gets the little filters she puts on the ends of her cigs that prevent her from getting ALL of the garbage from those dang things. I'm just grateful for every tiny bit of trying she does in that aspect because I truly think she just likes to do it.
I made some minor suggestions for her diet and then I bought her a load of vitamins, minerals. Specifically, melatonin, zinc, selenium, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin b2, lutein, glutathione and Magnesium. She takes others, but these are specifically for her eyes.
Also talked to her about the power of positive thought - she's not really a negative person, but this got her down. I reminded her about the time she tore her meniscus and the doctor was going to schedule surgery, but she delayed him. By the time she went back to visit him again, it was well. She said she 'thought it well' because she didn't want that surgery. I implored her to employ that again for her eyes..
Last May, her vision was in the 20/200 territory and she'd miss letters right in the middle of each line she was reading. Yesterday, she got 20/50 and, while she did miss the occasional middle letter, she didn't miss all the middle letters.
The word 'phenomenal' was used over and over by the specialist!