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Fri, Jun 28 8:11am · Whipple procedure and follow up chemo in Cancer

I walked by this place yesterday and wondered about it. Good to know.

Fri, Jun 28 8:10am · Whipple procedure and follow up chemo in Cancer

I appreciate your quick response and helpful information. Strange how important every tiny bit of information is when venturing into unknown territory.

Fri, Jun 28 7:28am · Whipple procedure and follow up chemo in Cancer

Yes, we are at Rochester.

Thu, Jun 27 10:26pm · Whipple procedure and follow up chemo in Cancer

My husband and I are at Mayo currently for evaluation of his pancreatic cysts. Although we don’t have a cancer diagnosis the appearance of the cysts is worrisome. Diagnosis wouldn’t actually be able to be determined until surgery. We will be meeting with a surgeon and expect to be discussing the Whipple procedure. What questions did you ask your surgeon and what do you wish you had asked? What do you wish you had known about the surgery and recovery? Any tips on being prepared for diet and cares upon return home? If you had surgery at Mayo, where did your companion stay while you were hospitalized, how did you handle reservations when you don’t know how long the stay will be? Many thanks to anyone who can advise me.

Tue, Jun 18 2:45pm · Xiidra (Lifitegrast ophthalmic solution) for dry eyes in Eye Conditions

I tried both Restasis and Xiidra, even both at the same time, for vision issues I was told were related to dry eye. I did not get relief. And my issues turned out to be something else entirely. I believe Xiidra is supposed to start working sooner than Restasis.

Tue, Apr 30 10:13am · Floaters Only Vitrectomy in Eye Conditions

@michaels777, @colleenyoung In fact, I had my second surgery in Edina MN last Tuesday, April 23. The first eye seems to have recovered nicely since the vitrectomy the end of February. All the blotchy moving gauzy blotches are gone from that eye, my “distance” eye, since I have vision correcting lens implants. I no longer fear that while driving they might float across my field of vision obscuring the road and traffic. Last week’s surgery was on my “near vision” eye, both a vitrectomy, removing the gel in the back of the eye, and an epiretinal membrane stripping from the retina. This membrane can form from seeding cells from a degenerating vitreous and can eventually cause distorted vision. So far so good on this one. I saw the surgeon the day after surgery, will again two weeks after, and then a month. The moving floaters in this eye had been particularly bothersome, causing effort with reading and it was immediately noticeable that they are gone. In place of the gel, a gas bubble is placed in the eye, which will dissipate naturally as my body replaces the space with clear fluid. The bubble is sitting down in my field of vision for reading so I am eagerly awaiting it being gone, about 1-2 weeks, if it goes like the first eye. I am on antibiotic and steroid drops and a weight restriction. The results of the vitrectomy surgery have been nothing short of a miracle, and I don’t use that word loosely. I do not understand why it took so long for my diagnosis. I went for two years plus with multiple ophthalmologist visits until a new opthalmologist referred me to a retinal specialist. After so many doctor visits and trying so many things with no relief, I almost didn’t make the effort to travel 150 miles to the retinal specialist office, not quite believing that there was an answer to my problem. Once I saw him, I proceeded quickly to surgery and now am so grateful for the help I got.

Tue, Mar 26 11:30pm · Floaters Only Vitrectomy in Eye Conditions

@michaels777 whatever you said today must have convinced her. At the same time that I’m astounded by all that can be done, I’m also acutely aware of all that is not known. There is a lot of educated guessing going on. Like being led to believe my problems were dry eyes, when it was really the degenerating vitreous. It’s been 2 month today since my surgery and my eye feels pretty good, just a bit scratchy particularly when I wake up in the morning. I am still on steroid eye drops but have tapered down to once a day. I go back to surgeon in two weeks and hope to schedule my other eye for a couple weeks after that. I will await your report in June.

Tue, Mar 26 12:36pm · Long-term caregiving: need a place to vent in Caregivers

@rmftucker You have a heavy load. You are so thoughtful thinking of your family and wanting to do as much as you can to downsize. I have been left to deal with a five generation farmstead. It is so hard, I get why previous generations didn’t do it. But I’m going to get this done if it kills me. I worked in a care facility and the situation as you describe it is often the case. That is a long trek for you to make every other day to visit. Please give yourself permission to look after yourself too.