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Chartreux
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   Posted 6/2/2009 8:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Skeye, sure hope your eye pain is improving with the Chinese Medicine! Keep us posted on that.
I forget, and hope you don't mind me asking, but did your eye problems begin with an injury? or
infection..My eye problems started with an infected boil in 2006 and for which have had 3 surgeries
with the doc wanting to do a 4th and the infection hsa now gone systemic on me and I'm on an oral med Levaquin
and I have just had the yearly eye plugs put in and an optic antibotic cream and restasis(plus compresses..and well I'm keeping my fingers crossed
that this won't go septic on me, but I've been fighting it for awhile..and the doc I think is also out of solutions and
both eye's are infected now, I'm scared and is it possible for eye infections to go septic? would IV antibotics help, you've been through
a lot and well I was just wondering, sure hope your situation is better than mine..
well take care and I'll keep you in my thoughts..
sure hope you get a low pain day and try to have fun during summer break (if you can)..
HUGZ
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yur friend Chart
Eye pain can be the pits, darn it...(the doc touched around my eye and it made me jump outta his chair)
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skeye
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   Posted 6/2/2009 9:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Char,

Wow! Sounds like you've got some nasty stuff going on too. I knew about some of it, but I didn't realize that it had turned into a systemic infection! That's got to be really tough to have all these problems caused from just one little thing initially. I have no idea if eye infections can cause sepsis, but I suppose it's now systemic & isn't controlled, that it could. But I'm just basing that off of a random guess, but I'm sure your doc could tell you. I hope they find something that helps soon! I know how frustrating it can be to be "out of options."

My eye problems are a combination of genetics & a traumatic injury. I inherited a bunch of eye problems from my parents (lucky me, especially since mine are the worst in the family) & so I practically lived at my ophthalmologist's office before the injury, as my eyes would change, some times as often as every week! I'd had surgery before, which helped, but had begun to stop working about a year/year & a half before I injured myself. At that point we were trying to hold out until I was 21 & had stopped growing (apparently that is when your eyes stop growing/changing, even though your body really stops earlier) & we could operate again. Then I ended up accidentally poking myself in the eye with my finger (I know, it sounds silly). I was trying to push my hair out of my face so that I could see to get my shoes on & I didn't have my glasses on at the time (since I had just gotten out of the pool) & I ended up with my pinkie half way-plus into my eye socket. I actually did quite a lot of damage (although I was stupid & didn't see a doctor until 12 wks later when I started having problems opening my eye lids, on top of all the pain & double, and sometimes triple vision). I had just started the semester & I thought it would get better on it's own & I didn't want to be a pain because I had just seen my eye doc not a week earlier. LONG story short, I came about a millimeter away from losing my eye, tore a bunch of muscles, dented my eye ball, greatly exacerbated my existing problems, caused new visual problems, had to have surgery, dealt with recurring infections for 6+ mo after the injury, had neurologic problems in my eye lid & some neurologic problems of my eye muscles, swelling, intermittent yet predictable redness (hard to explain "briefly") and of course severe pain behind my eye that never went away. The main things I'm dealing with now are the pain, major neurologic problems with my eye muscles (which is supposedly related to my brain stem), visual deficits, swelling, the same intermittent redness, and all of the problems that I have had since birth. I think that's it. It's pretty hard to summarize everything, as I've had a lot of things go wrong with that eye! Oh, optic nerve inflamation. I forgot about that one. Now I just need someone to put everything together & figure this out!

It's a little too soon to tell, as far as the Chinese medicine is concerned. I just started taking the herbs yesterday (boy are they bitter, plus I have a very strong gag reflex! But I should have known, because I've been working with herbs on & off for a year, just not this form - I usually use powdered herbs, rather than a decoction of dried herbs, but let me just say that the decoction is much easier to take! I have an even stronger gag reflex with the powder. Ick!). We tried the new acupuncture plan tonight & it was amazing. My pain is still the same (I expect that it will take time), but I had a remarkably strong physical reaction to the needling. I've never experienced anything like this before & I've seen some crazy things happen when I did acupuncture on my shoulders several years ago. Supposedly this is a good thing! We'll see with time!

hugs,
Skeye

Chartreux
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   Posted 6/3/2009 5:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Skeye
With all the strides medical science has made, hope they can get something that'll work for you, did you know that they are using
Botox for pain relief, but my PM doctor told me it was only for cash paying customers as it's very expensive..
Seems like you got some help from the accupuncture so far, sure hope that keeps working for you, any little relief at this point would
be great eh...
Are you taking the summer sessions off from school? cause seemed like you needed a break..
Yep Chinese herbs can be very very bitter, I used some German crystal sugar to sweeten, my chinese teas and found it
at Teavana, a new tea store at our local mall, Honey might help to sweeten some of those herbs..worth a try...
will send you lots of soft hugz and hopes that the combo chinese medicine and accupuncture will help..
Thanks again for posting.
and keep us up to date with the progress..
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skeye
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   Posted 6/4/2009 9:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Char,

I actually did know about the Botox. We (ophthalmologist & I) actually discussed Botox a year or two ago, but the trade off would be that it would paralyze my eye muscles for 3 mo & I would essentially lose sight in that eye. I'm not sure I like that trade off & we weren't even sure it would help, since the pain isn't really muscular in origin... I actually don't even know if that option is still on the table either. Hopefully we find something before I have to look into that option again!

Fortunately no, I'm not taking any summer classes. The research is more than enough. It looks like I'll be doing this through the beginning of August & will only have 3 weeks "off." I just hope that this is enough time... They way things are going at the moment, I'm not sure that it is going to be. I seem to face this daunting decision of taking time off from school every semester & I always end up undecided, therefore I continue on. I only have one more year, but I don't know. I'm just so worn out, emotionally & physically.

Honey is a great idea for the herbs. I'll definitely check into that - as in whether it is "allowed" or not. I'm hoping that this is going to help. So far acupuncture is minimally helpful at best, but even that "minimal" relief has been enough for me to keep going back & trying to push it further.

Thanks for the hugs too! You deserve them too, with all that you have been going through lately! (((((((((((((Char))))))))))))

All the best,
Skeye

fatherjohn
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   Posted 6/5/2009 2:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Skeye, As I was reading the thread, I started thinking about a teenage girl who was in a church that pastored. She accidently poked a hot curling I ron into here eye and it was a very painful recovery for her. That many years ago and I do not keep in touch with most people after I leave a church but you have me thinling about her. I sure hoipe you receive a major eye treatment that will restore everything as well as give great hope. I can't wait until you become a Vet. and we can all ask you for advise about our animals. Just kidding. My son was up night with the cat that he rescued from abuse. The poor fellow had a bladder infection so my son had him at the vet all day and hopes to bring him home tomorrow. He is afraid of the Vet bill but I am sure we will find a way to cover it. First National Bank of Dad. I hope that your new options pay off and you find wonderful relief. I am at that stage that I want anybody to feel better, how about everybody. Have a blessed day. 

edt
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   Posted 6/5/2009 6:29 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey Fatherjohn,

Don't mean to intrude on your post but just went through a horrendous ordeal with my Lab and a Urinary tract infection...after 3 rounds of Antibiotics the persistent infection continued, ordered D-Mannos (recommended by my Homeo Vet) and in 3 days infection was gone, cheap and it works!  You can keep them on it once a week to prevent future infections.  My daughter also gave it to her Kitty!

XXOO
Patti


fatherjohn
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   Posted 6/5/2009 1:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Edt, Thanks for the information. I will pass it on. He works for a PETCO store and manages the aquadics area. His cats have been doing to much fishing lately. He called me and said he lost several expensive fish at home because one of his cats (not the one that was sick) has learned how to open the top of the tank and grab the fish.

PAlady
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   Posted 6/5/2009 1:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't think Chartreux will mind if I am ROFL at fatherjohn's post! Afterall, this is her thread!

Oh, those felines!!! There's a reason they need 9 lives!

PaLady
BTW, there's the most adorable little kitten featured on the petfinder.com page this week! A fluffy little grey and white sweetie! They feature a different story every week. (wonder how I know? rolleyes)

Post Edited (PAlady) : 6/5/2009 4:30:31 PM (GMT-6)


skeye
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   Posted 6/5/2009 7:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi fatherjohn,

Thanks for thinking of me! A hot curling iron! Oh boy! I can't even imagine that. "Fortunately," my finger was room temperature! And once I become a vet (as long as my eye lets me), you're more than welcome to ask me whatever questions you want! I don't if I'll be able to answer them all, but I'd love to try & help! We've just got to fix me first! Hopefully one of these things will help! Best of luck with your stimulator implant on Monday! If the slew of things I'm trying at the moment don't give me any relief, then I am going to see a neurosurgeon that my neurologist recommended. This guy was able to use a nerve stimulator on a patient with facial pain & successfully reduce it. I think that it was an external device, but I'm not entirely sure. We aren't sure if this is even an option (a regular stim isn't & they may not be able to reach the nerves they need, for my eye), but it would be worth an eval with this guy. I can't quite imagine the feel of a stimulator on your face, though.

That's a funny story about the cat! It's amazing, the things animals learn to do!

Skeye <---- off to check out Palady's cute fuzzy kitten friend!

fatherjohn
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   Posted 6/5/2009 8:13 PM (GMT -7)   
PAlady & Skeye, I had to go and check out the kitten. Too much. I think I will find a no fishing sign for my son.

golitho
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   Posted 6/6/2009 5:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Skeye, try taking the chinese herbs as hot as you can manage, it seems to reduce the bitterness, but oh the smell. No wonder you gag!!!

skeye
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   Posted 6/7/2009 2:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the tip golitho! I'll give it a try! I've got to go cook up some more of them shortly.

Skeye

Pete trips again!
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   Posted 6/7/2009 2:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Skeye, How about some hot sause? If you make it hot enough (taste wise) maybe it will kill the bad tasting herbs???
FJ, they are doing your implant tomorrow? Jeeze!! I've been away from the Forum tooooo long! Sorry again! I'll be praying fopr you and PA tomorrow!!!
Your Buddy,
Pete
PS> No fishing signs should be illegal!!!!
56 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections once a month. 56 and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, Joseph is on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis headed for Hawai and Pete Jr. is on The Asault Ship USS Bataan "The Jaws of the Fleet" on their way to the Middle East w/ 2,000 Marines aboard. I am one very proud (what they call me)> Big Pops! 


skeye
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   Posted 6/7/2009 8:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Yikes, Pete! Then I'd really not be able to stand it! smhair Although it might make for an interesting sight (for you anyway devil)! Skeye trying to gulp down hot, bitter, and spicy hot tea! Ick! What we do to get rid of pain...

Skeye
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