Not entirely successful

My sister and I drove to Gainesville Thursday morning for what was to be the final round of  surgery to complete a retinal repair in my left eye. The docs had to remove the silicon oil from behind the eyeball and replace it with saline solution. The silicon was added during the first surgery in early March to prevent the vitreous fluid from adhering to the retina until the healing following the laser stitching of the retina was complete.

Well, the surgery on Thursday was mostly successful. Mostly. They left a bit of oil behind. Actually, the doc said they left a significant amount of oil behind. I see it as a lens below the center of my vision. About the size of a dime, maybe.

When the doc saw it Friday morning during the post-op visit, he said they occasionally see a very small amount of oil remaining, but the patient normally will not notice it. But in my case he suggested I consider having them go in and clean it out.

So in two weeks that is what is gonna happen.

I thought it was all over but the healing.

Silly me, huh?

But in spite of the residual oil and the need for a third round of surgery, I have to say that I am extremely impressed with my eye surgeon and his staff. Shands in Gainesville is an amazing place, and Dr. Mark Peden is a great doctor.


About Gary Showalter

Gary Showalter was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He lived in Aruba, Florida and the Panama Canal Zone before joining the U.S. Army during the 1960s. Following his discharge from the Army, Mr. Showalter picked cotton in East Texas, baled hay in Ardmore Oklahoma, sold light bulbs in Los Angeles, California, and built cattle pens in Fallon, Nevada (during a blizzard, of course). After settling in Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Showalter worked as a professional gardener before turning his hand to furniture making. In 1981, he moved to Israel, married, and raised four children while working as a furniture maker, silversmith, goldsmith, and ornamental wood turner. He served in the Israel Defense Forces Reserves for sixteen years, and when not on active duty he worked in government and private security. He has also served in senior management positions in two software development companies in Israel. During his time in Israel, Mr. Showalter published articles dealing with international terror and the Israel-Arab conflict in the Jerusalem Post, Israel national News and several political science web sites. Mr. Showalter returned to the United States in the fall of 2003, to care for an elderly parent. He published his first novel, “The Big Bend”, in the fall of 2008. His second novel, “Hog Valley”, is now in print. Mr. Showalter's third novel, “Twisted Key”, was published in the fall of 2011, and his fourth novel, "Lonesome Cove" is now available in Kindle format and should be published in paper near the end of 2012. He currently lives in Deland, Fl, where he is co-authoring "A Silent Star" with Tony Attanasio. "A Silent Star" is the true tale (though novelized, with names changed for security reasons) about the 4-person covert action team sent into Yemen to capture Osama Bin laden immediately after the bombing of the USS Cole in the Aden harbor in Yemen in October of 2000.
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