Stay Healthy, Baby Boomer

How are you feeling today?  I’m a little upbeat, and a little excited about the future!  I have an ache and a pain here and there, but I will survive!

So you’re approaching that golden age of life and you’re a little sore in this area and the function of that area is slacking a bit.  Well, guess what, that’s what happens when we get old.  But with a little attention to detail, it doesn’t have to be a downhill run, it can be a slow walk.  Actually, a slow walk, or a brisk walk can both be a benefit to you.

A walk in the park

But lets start with the basics.  First, visit your doctor regularly.

“Visit your doctor regularly.”

Not once a week, that’s too often!  Maybe once every two or three months.  That way you can keep track of physical anomalies that bother you, keep them under control and head off anything that could get to be major issues later on.   A little preventive health never hurt anyone.

Secondly, if you do have medications you’ve been prescribed, certainly get on a schedule to take them as the doc felt necessary.

“Take your meds as needed.”

Take them first thing in the morning right after you get up.  Get in the habit of taking them at the same time every day, then when you miss the dose, something will yell at you saying YOU FORGOT SOMETHING!

Take your pills

Thirdly, get some exercise.  And so you’re allergic to exercise, a lot of us are.

“Get some exercise.”

We go out, we exercise a bit, the heart rate goes up, breathing increases and the sweat starts pouring.  That sounds like a reaction to me!  How about you?  So figure out how to get a little less than that amount, a little more often than what you’re doing now, and that allergy to exercise won’t affect you quite as much.

Do a nice brisk walk around the block a few times a week, maybe take a swimmercise class once a week.   If it’s too cold outside, maybe walk up and down a flight of stairs three or four times once a day.

Fourthly, reduce stress in your life.  Stop trying to be everything and do everything for everyone else in your life.

“Reduce the stress in your life.”

That’s my particular problem, I can’t say no.  I do love helping people and I will help people to my own detriment.  So I have to watch that.  Start leaving a half of the day for yourself.  Say until noon, and that doesn’t mean sleep in until noon.

Get up, take your meds, get yourself a little breakfast and then take care of the exercise.  Then do a hobby or two.  Make yourself happy for a while.

Do a little knitting

And fifthly, make sure you get enough rest but not too much.  Go to bed every night at the same time, keep yourself on schedule, set the alarm and get up at the same time.

“Get the right amount of rest.”

And get about 8-9 hours of sleep a night.  Oh, having trouble sleeping?  If it has to do with your medication, time to consult the doc.  But if it doesn’t, and is just because you have your own pack of monkeys jumping around in your head, then there is a remedy.  Get yourself a tablet and a pen.  And when the monkeys start jumping, get up, turn the light on and start writing.

Write down everything that pops into your mind.  What are you cooking for Thanksgiving Dinner?  How are you going to paint the living room?  Why did that young smartass kid at the grocery store have to be so rude to you.  Should you paint the garage door a bright red or a nice light mauve color?

The trick is to write it down so the monkeys have somewhere else to be besides in your head.  Then get in bed and go back to sleep.  You know the funny part about this little exercise is when I look at it the next morning, there are some BRILLIANT answers to some of my problems there!

Write it down

Lastly, go find a few friends to have a little fun with.  Start playing games with a group, invite a few people over, get the Scrabble game out and go to town!

“Find a few friends.”

There are all kinds of board games we used to play when we were kids that are still fun to play.  There are card games and dice games.  You just need a couple or three friends to play with.

Also if you like wine, have a glass an hour or two before bed.  Not the 32 ounce tumbler, just a normal sized 5 to 6 oz glass.

Wine

It relaxes you and kinda takes the edge off the day.  Just remember, you aren’t alone in this world.  Whatever ailments you have, other people have suffered also.  Those other people may have some advice for handling it.

Cruise ship

“Remember, you are the director of your own cruise.”

So make it what you want it to be.  Just don’t let NEGATIVE people on your boat.  Let the ones who want to have fun, laugh, and play, on it.  And let the conversation follow the fun in life, not your failing health.

If you feel you need a little extra boost, maybe try some supplements from Amazon.  Make sure to stay with known brands, as some off brands can contain illegal and dangerous additives such as lead, and amphetamines.  A good brand is Centrum Silver.

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Steve

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Our experience with retinal detachment surgery

Vision issues-Retinal Detachment Surgery.

We have recently been given the opportunity to explore the world of a common vision issue with Baby Boomers… Retinal Detachment. This post by no means will give you information on how to diagnose and/or treat the condition. If you do suspect you may have a detached retina, do not wait, go now to seek help.

This is just a primer on what to expect. A few months back, my wife, Carol, experienced a blob in her left eye, blocking her vision. So we took her over to her optometrist and let the Doc have a look. The optometrist explained that what Carol was experiencing was something called a floater. A small amount of blood had seeped into the vitreous fluid inside her eye and was partially blocking the vision.

retinal detachment surgery

The optometrist could find no evidence of where the blob came from and explained that many people experience these floaters. Then she said there were a few other symptoms to watch for and if they appear, Carol should make a beeline to an emergency room.

A couple of months later, a few of those symptoms, including flashes or waves of light and partially obstructed vision, started showing up. As Carol had an appointment with her doctor coming up the next day, she decided the symptoms were slight enough, she would bring it up with her doctor.

Doctor’s visit, Number One

The next day, vision in the eye was blurry with a quarter of the vision being obstructed by a brownish colored half circle covering up part of the vision. Upon arriving at the medical clinic, we signed Carol in, and waited for the doc. When the doctor called us back, the issue for the appointment was conveyed to the doc and the eye issues, which we thought at the time was related to the original issue, were revealed.retinal detachment surgery

The doctor immediately ushered Carol into a darker room, as the sun was bright enough outside, even with the shades closed, the room we were in was still flooded with light. It took a few short minutes to determine a detached retina was strongly suspected and we were informed we needed to go the eye specialist immediately.

All the other issues were put on the back burner. The doctor set up the appointment then and there. We drove down to the eye care specialist’s office from there. We did not pass go, and did not collect $200 dollars.  One hour later we were in the eye care specialist’s office.

Doctor’s visit, Number Two

When we arrived we were ushered into a room ahead of a few other waiting patients where a thorough exam was performed on both eyes. This included eye dilation drops, numbing drops and bright lights in a dark room. The verdict was in, she did, without a doubt, have a detached retina.

retinal detachment surgery

After a phone conversation between the specialist and the eye surgeon we were instructed to be at the surgeon’s office the next morning in preparation for the surgical procedure to repair the detached retina. None of this waiting a week, or making a decision on whether to have it done, this was her eyesight on the verge of being forever gone in that eye. With no breathing room, they were going to squeeze her in and perform the surgery the next day.

Doctor’s visit, Number Three

The next morning we arrived at the clinic, checked in and was called back into a room in short order. After a quick examination by the nurse for vital signs, the surgeon arrived. He explained there is normally no real cause for retinal detachments, Sometimes a slight head injury may be the initiating culprit but many people get them with no apparent cause. They are not uncommon, as they do happen to a lot of people.

He explained that somehow the vitreous fluid finds it’s way back behind the retina and pulls the retina away from the back of the eye, usually from a tear on the retina. The procedure to correct the separation is to remove some vitreous fluid, inject a gas bubble into the eye and with a laser, reattach and seal the retina to the back of the eye.

The procedure takes about an hour, with recuperation taking from 2 to 4 weeks, and is normally successful with most of the vision returning. As soon as the surgeon was done with the explanation and initial examination, we were instructed to go to the medical department for a quick physical, which entailed an EKG, a few pokes and prods and then we were off to the surgery department. After all the formalities, early that afternoon surgery time arrived.

retinal detachment surgery

Carol was in the OR and Recovery for an hour and a half. The surgeon came out and informed me the procedure had been a success, and Carol should regain her full eyesight. But first, there was some recuperation needed. For 23 hours of every 24 hour period, Carol was to keep her head either upright, or when lying down she was to lay with her head on the left side.

Recuperation

In the midst of a harrowing experience, this was a bit of good news, as some people have to position and hold their head, in a strictly downward position for 4 weeks.   A whole month lying on your stomach with your face pointing at the floor.

This was to keep the gas bubble in a position to keep pressure on the detachment until the healing process was complete. This would take 2 to 3 weeks for the gas bubble to dissipate. In the meantime, no elevation changes, such as mountain trips or airline flights, were allowed, as the bubble would expand and rupture the eye.

At the one-week check up, everything looked fine, the surgeon was satisfied with the results. A day after that, the bubble was at half position, and vision was beginning to clear up.

Long term prognosis includes a virtual 100% chance of cataract surgey in one year.

The next appointment was at the four-week mark, and Carol survived the ordeal.  The vision in that eye had changed to somewhat severe nearsightedness, but still correctable with glasses.  The vision in the eye has a tendency to take extra time to refocus from reading to looking in the distance.  But the alternative would hv been no sight at all in that eye.

Leave us a comment and let us know what your experience with a detached retina was.