Baldies' Blog began originally in the UK by a 26 year old journalist with a blood cancer on a mission to inform the world about bone marrow donation.

He has since died, and I took on the cause of making cancer care more transparent for everybody.

Cancer is a disease that will touch everybody through diagnosis or affiliation: 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed and 1 in 3 woman will hear those words, "You Have Cancer."

I invite you to read how I feel along my journey and
how I am continuing to live a full life alongside my Hodgkin's lymphoma, with me controlling my cancer, not my cancer controlling me.

I hope that "Baldies' Blog" will prepare you to handle whatever life sends you, but especially if it's the message, "You Have Cancer."

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Dr. Dana The Eye Guy

First appointment for my week of testing went well!
I’m hoping this is a trend for the week.
Look at the picture of one of my eye tests. Some 26 year old women go to the spa, get their make-up done, and fake eye lashes put on.
I go to the ophamalagist and get this funky test which I think is to measure how quickly my eyes wet themselves.
This is not a style I predict you'll be seeing in Vogue for the fall fashion season.
At least the art was fabulous.
Somehow, the hospitals in Boston are all adorned with beautiful, or at least appreciable, works of art.
Everyone at Mass. Eye and Ear were very friendly.
I didn’t expect anything less, but some large, prominent hospitals do not understand that every employee contributes to an environment, or what I like to say in psyche speak the “healing milieu.”
I really dislike being met by somebody with a negative attitude behind any desk when I am desperately trying to look on the Brightside.
I also have trouble seeing what can be so much more difficult about their life than mine.
Clearly, I’m encountering them in a hospital. I’m not there because everything is wonderful in Hillville.
What I love is when everyone I meet has a pleasant demeanor. Everything seems to go more smoothly.
Today did go smoothly, from checking into to intake testing, then questions from the fellow to meeting Dr. Dana. I enjoyed everybody very much.
My eyes are dry.
Plan and simple. I had my lacrimal ducts plugged to keep the moisture I do have in my eyes from draining.
I liken this to a damn. The resevior is my eyes. The damn contains the water for use.
The plugs keep moisture in my eyes to prevent problems such as the severe pain I am experiencing.
Hopefully I can go back to things I enjoy, such as reading and playing on my computer.
I am feeling better all ready. I’m looking at the screen. All smiles here. Thank you Dr. Dana and Staff.
I received more eye drops. The restasis I am using takes 3 months for full effect. I’m using drops until then. I also have the option of plugging an additional duct. There are two in the eyes. I have plugged one.
It’s always good to have options.
I brought home Depereaux for Xander. It's the story of a very brave mouse who did not fear knives or humans! I think this story is perfect to prepare for the rest of the week. We're going to watch it together tonight.

Tomorrow I'm off early for an appointment with my all-star psychiatrist. Then I'm off with Heather, my twin sister, for a girl's afternoon of retail therapy (with Pierce of course).

Then it's the big day on Thursday! I'll keep you posted.


Anonymous said...

I'm thinking about you Hil, and I hope tomorrow's appointment goes as well as today did with the eye doctor :)


Anonymous said...

It's such a thrill to hear your experience at Mass Eye and Ear was so positive. I had a procedure done there 30 years ago and received excellent treatment. It's nice to know that after all these years they still value and respect their patients and treat them with compassion. I love your upbeat are in my thoughts and prayers.