Post # 1
This morning I found out that my Dad had surgery on his eye last night, and that he has degenerative lattice disease. Apparently he’s had it since before I was born, but I never knew. He’s a very private person, he doesn’t like to tell anyone anything. He left work early yesterday to go in for the surgery and didn’t even tell anyone. He has a hole somewhere in his eye (I don’t understand all the details, so bear with me if my facts aren’t 100%) and they tried to close it yesterday. The doctor doesn’t seem hopeful that the surgery worked, and he is in serious danger of losing his vision in that eye. I also found out that there’s a good chance I’ll end up with the same disease when I get older, because several others in his family have had it. I’m not sure exactly why I’m posting, or what I’m looking for… It was just such a shock, I had to get it off my chest.
Thanks for listening.
Post # 3
Thoughts and prayers out to you and your daddy
Post # 4
Aw im so sorry to hear about your dad.
Post # 5
ugh that sucks! So sorry to hear that. I hope that the surgery went well and that this provides a cure (or at least long-term relief) for him. Maybe you could approach your parents at some point and ask for more details? I think it is kind of your right to know what you might be looking at down-the-line health wise. Especially if it is something that can maybe be remedied or slowed with actions now. For example, my great grandma had macular degeneration (sp?) that caused her to go blind and from what I’m told it is genetic. She always told us to be vigilant about wearing sunglasses outside because that can really slow down getting the disease if you’re going to get it. Such a simple thing to do!
Post # 6
@CorgiTales: I found out this morning because my aunt called, but my Dad had already left the office (he’s my Dad & boss) so I plan to ask him at the end of the work day. He doesn’t want anyone to know, and he doesn’t even know I know yet, he just thinks other people knowing means other people worrying, and “worrying isn’t going to solve anything.”
@everyone: thank you for your well wishes and kind words.
Post # 7
It sucks that you dont know if you will get the same problem, but its great that you know what to look out for. Now that you know you have a chance of getting the same thing you can research to see if there are things you can do or items you need to look out for.
Best of luck to your father.
Post # 8
sending positive thoughts your way and to your dad. I hope everything turns out ok. It drives me crazy when people keep stuff like that to themselves. My dad and my fiance are both like this. They keep what I think is important stuff from me so that I don’t worry, but then when I find out somehow anyway it drives me crazy and makes me worry even more! But anyway best of luck to you.
Post # 9
@lefeymw: I haven’t been good about getting regular eye exams because my insurance blows and doesn’t cover vision. Now I’m just going to suck it up and pay out of pocket to make sure if I do get it I can catch it as quickly as possible. Thank you for the good luck.
@mjchexum: I know how what you mean! It would be one thing if I had known he had the disease for a very long time, and this was coming eventually, but it was such a shock to find out like this.