07.23.18 Private pre surgery class

Monday, July 23, 2018 – Never have I ever heard of a private pre-surgery class, but we went to one this week.  Dr. Peter Blessey is doing my partial knee replacement.  I got a call from his office to schedule a presurgery class for myself and Roy who will be accompanying me the day of the surgery.  He’s called my “Recovery Coach”!  I thought it would be a class with multiple patients but it turned out to be a one on one class!

The surgery will be at Ochsner’s Covington Surgery Center and that’s where the class was held.  They called it Joint Camp at Ochsner Covington!

It started with a meeting with Penny, the surgical nurse, in one of the rooms in the pre-surgery area.  She went over everything that will happen there before and after the surgery.  We reviewed all of my medicines and I was told what to take and not to take before the surgery.  One thing is that the Plavix I take will be stopped one day before surgery and I’ll be put on Coumadin starting the day before and lasting for three weeks.  She explained a lot of things to me and it was very comforting to see where I’ll be and meet the nurse that will take care of me.  I wish I could remember her name but I don’t. I learned that my surgery is scheduled for 8:45 am and we have to be at the hospital for 7:30 that morning.

Once that was all reviewed we were taken to meet Troy who is the Registered Nurse Navigator of the Ochsner Total Joint Program.  We met with him in a conference room where he gave us a folder with lots of information and walked us through a presentation covering everything the surgery will involve, what not to do after the surgery, the exercises to do after the surgery, how to prepare our house to make it easier for me to get around, pain management, post surgical care, physical therapy and other groovy stuff!

Troy went over the equipment I’ll need which include a raised potty (oh something every girl wants!!), a walker and a tub bench.  They order it for me then so it’s ready when I need it!

They said the surgery is around 2 hours and when I come out from the anesthesia they’ll get me up and I’ll be walking.  I’ll go home the same day!

We were both so impressed with this personal class and feel very prepared for the surgery!  July 31st here we come!

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03.06.18 – Roy’s eye appointment with Dr. Creed

Dr. John Curtis Creed, Retina Specialist

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 – Roy and I went to Baton Rouge today to see the Retina Specialist, Dr. John Curtis Creed.  He, like Dr. Grenier, was very thorough and spent a lot of time with us.

We learned several things. They are all contributing to Roy’s vision not being what it should be.

Roy’s macular degeneration is not a bad case.  It is dry macular generation and not the awful wet macular degeneration. He will begin taking Prevegen ARed2 vitamins to help the macular degeneration not proceed like it would without that.  Since our original family eye doctor is a general eye doctor it was not something he should have caught and it didn’t affect the cataract surgery.  Dr. Grenier is also a general eye doctor but it seems he goes way above and beyond in his diagnosing and patient care.

Roy also has asteroid hyalosis which are cholesterol globs that float around in his vision.  Asteroid hyalosis is a degenerative eye condition marked by a buildup of calcium and lipids, or fats, in the fluid between your eye’s retina and lens, called the vitreous humor.  There isn’t any treatment for that, it will continue to affect his vision.

He has “multifocal lens after image” which is something some people have after having a multifocal lens is inserted.  It contributes to the unwanted poor vision.

Roy requested the lens that would fix his astigmatism but that’s not what he got. He also asked the original doctor if his astigmatism was gone and he was told yes. Dr. Creed said no it’s not.

He probably shouldn’t have had the cataract surgery on the right eye at all.  He will not be having the left cataract removed nor will he have the lens polishing.  Both are things Dr. Creed said for him not to have.

The option of switching out the current lens for the correct lens is only going to be considered as a last resort.  The danger of doing a second surgery of this type could cause very unwanted side affects.  So unless all else fails, he’ll keep the lens he has.

Roy’s records from his original doctor had not made it to Dr. Grenier/Creed by the time of this appointment.

The plan for Roy is two fold. One is we are going to stop talking and thinking about this.  It keeps Roy upset and focusing all the time on his eyesight not being what he wants it to be which isn’t giving it a chance to heal naturally.  Dr. Creed said that his vision could still improve further over time on its own.

Dr. Christopher Grenier, Ophthalmology and Optometry

Second is to order some cheap glasses online (they gave us two websites to check out) to see if that will help correct his vision to where it is clearer and more of what he wants.   Dr. Creed and his wonderful nurse said that how Roy’s vision responds to the glasses will help them see where to go from here.

I’d recommend Dr. Grenier highly to anyone looking for a general eye doctor.  It’s a 90 minute drive for us from Amite to his office but he’s worth the drive.  Dr. Creed is also very worth the drive. Both of those doctors have assistants with them during the entire visit taking notes of what the doctor is saying he sees.  Both have been with their doctors around 20 years and it certainly is obvious in their communication. They are both in the same office at Ochsner in BR.

We appreciate everyone’s concern and ask for your continued prayers.  We go back to Dr. Creed in six weeks to see where everything stands. We’ll let you know how things are then!

We are going to take our first trip since coming home in October.  Just three days but it’s a trip!  Tomorrow we’ll travel to Metairie, Louisiana in our motor home and get set up for watching the Metairie St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Metairie Road.  We did this two years ago and had lots of fun visiting with family and friends.  For those not from Louisiana this is a parade where beads and cups are thrown but there are also cabbage, carrots, potatoes and lots of other food thrown!! We’ll come back on Monday.  This is us, minus Kallie, from two years ago!

I have been busy painting St. Patrick’s Day green rocks to hide and give out at the parade!





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