Friday, July 8, 2016

#CelebratetheSmallThings: Blindness Blessings


Happy Friday! 

This week has been very busy for my family and I. I have spent the week in El Paso visiting a cousin and going to my husband's eye appointment. My husband has open ended angle glaucoma in a severe stage. 



He's been dealing with his glaucoma since 1996. He's only 53! His case is very strange. No one can figure out why he has it. There's no family history of it. He's never had a traumatic eye injury. He only became Diabetic and have High Blood Pressure years AFTER he was diagnosed with Glaucoma. 

My husband has been through three eye surgeries and had a tear duct plug placed in his left eye. He became legally blind in 2013. We've gone through the surgeries. We've worked with the Department of the Blind in Kentucky and Indiana. My husband was a nurse for 20 years but can't do that anymore. He's in school to get a Bachelor of Business Science at Walden University. Life was going great until his eyesight started to decline yet again. We had contacted the Department of Blind Services in Texas. 






They have taken his case and are helping us out. In the meantime, my husband has decided to attend Penn College while attending Walden University so he can learn to become a motorcycle repair tech. His dream is to own his own motorcycle repair shop in his hometown. 

This week, we learned my husband will have to go through two more eye surgeries. Thankfully, the shunt in the left eye and the trabulectomy in the right eye are working. He only has about 10% of the optic nerve left in his left eye. Thankfully, that hasn't declined. The doctor said he has a secondary cataract behind his artificial lens in his left eye and a cataract in his right eye she wants removed. He's going to get an artificial lens in the right eye as well. This means his cloudy vision should clear up just enough he can be independent again. I AM SO HAPPY! It can't replace the nerve damage but it can make his vision clearer. Praise God for modern technology. 

6 comments:

  1. So happy your husband got some good news after all he's been through.

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    1. Thank you. We had been worried the news would have been worse.

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  2. How wonderful to hear that there might be some help for him! I can't imagine how frustrating something like that must be. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks. It is wonderful news. We were worried it would have been more nerve damage. We're excited for the surgeries and can't wait for the results.

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  3. Most of us take our eye-sight for granted. It seems you and your husband have really been going through the mill but as you say modern technology has done wonders and hopefully the operations will be successful and he can continue towards his goal of the motorcycle repair shop. Have a good weekend and lovely to meet via the Celebrate linky :) Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

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    1. Hi Senco. It's a pleasure to meet you as well. It has been a long rough journey but we keep our faith and just move forward in life.

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