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Old December 5th, 2009, 10:44 AM
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In the good morning thread yesterday, I posted complained having to drive my mother to an appt. in the blizzard like conditions.

My mother suffers from macular degeneration in both eyes (which can lead to blindness).... diagnosed several years ago. Thanks to a geriatic program run through one of the hospitals, which combines drs. and nurse examinations, physical therapy, as well as group sessions... they decided to have her see a specialist again. The last one, several years back did testing and said nothing could be done.

Yesterday's appt. was to determine what type of macular degeneration she had.. there's wet and dry. The appt. was supposed to take 10 minutes.

The tech did the test, determining it was "wet" degeneration. And she suggested that due to the blizzard, the Retinal specialist could see my mother if we wished, because so many people had been no shows for their appointments.

We waited a few minutes, saw the Dr., and not only did he say he could do something, he started the treatments right away.

It's a shot that's required monthly for perhaps 6-9 months (or longer) which up until a week or so ago cost $2000 per treatment. However it was now an approved drug, and was covered by our gov't insurance.

This means, that though one eye, where the damage has existed too long will eventually lose sight. My mother will retain her sight in her left eye, and it may in fact improve.

Wonderful news for her and for us!! All because a snow storm that I didn't want to drive in at all, came up, and people had to cancel their appointments.

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Old December 5th, 2009, 11:01 AM
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Meant to be I guess.
My mother (mid 70's) fell down a full flight of stairs last week, and didn't call me... because she didn't want to worry me. She's fine, no breaks.
Yep, she's a little bit independant.
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Old December 5th, 2009, 11:09 AM
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Kuki, that is wonderful. Whether you're 9 or 90, your sight is precious. I am so happy that you were able to get your Mom that sight saving treatment. You're Mom is fortunate to have a loving son taking care of her. Good job!
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Old December 5th, 2009, 11:21 AM
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Kuki...............yep.......I'd say it was meant to be......good things do come to those that wait.........glad you did it......




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Old December 5th, 2009, 11:42 AM
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So nice that you took her when you did. It turned out well for her.

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Old December 5th, 2009, 12:48 PM
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Glad to hear the good news Kuki. Like BW said no matter what the age our sight is so precious, it's our window to the world. Best of luck to her.
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How wonderful, so glad the dr's appt. turned out so well, you were in the right place and the right time.
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Glad to hear it turned out so well Kuki. Since when did a little old blizzard ever stop us hardy Canuks?

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Wonderful story Kuki, things happen for a reason, fate does plays a role in these wonderful things that happen in our lives, but you can help but feel that someone is looking out for all of us as well. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Mike
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GREAT news Kuki. I couldn't be happier for you, and especially your Mom. I have Glaucoma, which can steal your sight as well, and have often thought that of all the senses, that's the one I'd really, REALLY hate to lose. The medication is very expensive, and right now I have no insurance for prescriptions, but I'll find the money for that medication,,,one way,,,or the other.
Thank God for the snow storm, and the fact that you and your mom were able to get to that doctor,,,that day.

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I am very happy your mother was offered this treatment and that she could start right away. I am sure it brings her great happiness and peace to know her sight may be helped. I hope her treatments are succesful.
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Your mom has been through so much, i am glad that she had something good happen to her.
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Great news Kuki,

I am glad they got the right diagnosis and treatment for her. My mom had dry macular degeneration and lost most of her sight.

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Great news Kuki,

I am glad they got the right diagnosis and treatment for her. My mom had dry macular degeneration and lost most of her sight.

Take care,
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That is AWFUL stuff Mike. But at least she didn't have to see your face. JUST KIDDING

It is amazing to me that science has progressed so much on this problem in just a couple of years, and of course I'm delighted that my mother will be able to continue to see at least in the one eye.

This was all the result of a geriatric outpatient program she got into at one of our hospitals. She goes twice a week, sees Drs. & nurses, therapists, and group sessions with other crotchety mean old people. The program got the entire ball rolling on this, getting her appts. with various specialists for her various health issues.

Guess it's the Canadian version of "death panels" The program has produced superb results for her in a number of areas... and of course I'm very thankful.
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