All In Favor… Say “EYE”

BobLee
December22/ 2020

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December 22, 2020

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All In Favor… Say EYE

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When last we gathered at this cyber cracker barrel to ruminate over Life’s Endless WHYs … I mentioned I would be having kinda major Eye Surgery.  A Cornea Transplant in my right eye to be specific.

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At that time I had had two previous Cornea Transplant surgeries over the past six years that had failed for various reasons.  I’ve also had detached retinas in both eyes.  One 32 years ago … the second three years ago.

How many Internet Legends do you know that have had Four major eye surgeries?  Howsabout SIX major eye surgeries.

Yep … since we last met I have had, not one but, TWO Cornea Transplants in my right eye.   Duke Eye Center was having a Pre-Christmas Two-Fer / BOGO.

In the course of Cornea Transplant 2020 #1 it was discovered that a detached retina surgery 32 years earlier had left a hole in my right eye that would prevent a transplant from adhering.  A 2nd surgery would be necessary to suture that hole.  So last Tuesday we underwent that procedure.  Happy to report that results thus far are exceeding expectations.

EYE

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32 years ago – two weeks before “Kid” would be born – I spent a very long night flat on my back in a local hospital contemplating losing the sight in my right eye.  I didn’t.  The Duke eye surgeon told me then that I was genetically predisposed to having my retinas detach.

Sure enough … 30 years later – with “Kid” deep into her third Trimester with ReRe and YaYa … his prophecy came true.  ANOTHER very long night contemplating the loss of sight in my one remaining “good eye” – since by then my first cornea transplant had reduced me to 20/60 in my right eye.  Again … I didn’t.  If all of this is confusing, it is because it IS.

A high % of “you people” are of my generational subset …

I’m sure many of you are accumulating your major medical “adventures”. ….. And have accepted the likelihood of more to come.

At a Christmas Party last week attended by a dozen “of us BBoomers” … my “eye surgery stories” took first prize for “lets compare what ails us”.

Being in “Twilight Anesthesia” while two guys cut a hole in your eye and do stuff inside it and you can hear them talking about it does make for a spell-binding narrative.

In case you are wondering … 2nd place went to the fella who hit a pothole on his bike and did a full face plant on asphalt … wiping out a shoulder, breaking three ribs, a jaw and multiple teeth.  FWIW… I voted for him!

Let me go on record saying the staff at Duke Eye Center are pretty darn AWESOME.

I appreciate that some of you are deeply in-bred to Despise All Things Duke … for perfectly logical (???) reasons related to “something JJ Reddick said” or “because Christian Laettner …” or a very long list of Crimes Against Nature “that Coach K surely committed”.

I would never attempt to extract that cantaloupe-sized tumor from your colon.  May you carry it with you to the grave.

But everyone I have dealt with “at Duke” over many years – clerical – medical techs – surgical teams – and World-Class Surgeons have been Awesome.  The old joke about “What do you call the guy that finishes last in his Med School class?” – Answer = “Doctor”.

That guy does NOT get hired as a surgeon at Duke Eye Center. For that matter …nor would DR JILL BIDEN.

The four Duke surgeons who have operated on my eyes over the years have all performed literally 1,000s of delicate eye surgeries over their careers. Yes, Robert My Car Guy has repaired 1,000s of automobile engines over his career and maybe there is a simple comparison of “professionals who know what they are doing and do it very very well … many many times.”  I am in awe of such repeatable expertise.

I once asked a surgeon friend of mine if there were surgeons he knew that he would NOT want to operate on him or on his loved ones.  “Absolutely” he quickly replied.  YIKES!

In a discussion with a now-retired prominent corporate attorney, he noted that in the many many voluminous contracts he drafted that involved the transfer of many many bazillions of $$$$… he was responsible for the absolute correctness of every word included in or omitted from each of those contracts.  Maybe he did not “toe tag” his “oops” like a surgeon might … but his reputation and professional future was at stake in each situation.

Is a surgeon / attorney  allowed to “have a bad day” or be distracted by any number of external factors in his Life beyond that OR / boardroom in that moment?

Looking back over my unfulfilling career in corporate America… I never felt that what I was doing “really mattered”. Yes, I contributed to some entity’s “bottom line” but so what?  Over the past twenty years “here” … I HAVE felt that some of my random musings / perspectives might make a positive difference now and then to some of you.  I prefer to think so …

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Sort of Related …

In the past twelve months … FOUR long time Friends – Real Ones…Not the Facebook kind – have been diagnosed with various serious forms of cancer.

This time a year ago none of the four were aware of what was to come.  One – My Dear Friend Albert Long – was diagnosed and passed away within the span of four months.

Three high school classmates are into advanced stages of Alzheimers / Dementia.  WE ARE NOT THAT OLD !!! … Are We?

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As has been well documented here … I no longer pay the slightest attention to The NFL or to The NBA.  Have not watched one down of The NFL this season with no intention to do so.  My reasons for this decision might surprise you but I’m not even going to get into it. Maybe someday …

I DO still follow Power 5 College Football.  This has been a very bizarre season for sure.  All the usual controversy over WHO makes The Final Four notwithstanding … the three games should be compelling.  I don’t have a “My Team”.  I just enjoy high-scoring offensive Football amid all the rampant hypocrisy.

NC State’s 8-3 “Got To A Bowl” fine season would normally be reason for Pack Pride EXCEPT that Mack’s Men beat’em and are going to a “Major Bowl”.   Waiting 60+ years to go to a Major Bowl and fans not being able to go is weird.   I read today that several of Mack’s Men are Opting Out of the bowl game.  Thats too bad…

How many of you know that there are THREE competitive Professional Bass Fishing “Tours”.  They hold tournaments on many of the same major lakes / rivers but each is a separate entity with its own competitors.  How they measure “success” is different … one does “your five largest fish” … another does “how many total fish and their total weight”.  All three practice Catch & Release so bass populations are not depleted. The competitors remind me a lot of NASCAR drivers and PGA Tour pros.Brandon Palanuik

I even have a “My Guy” among Pro Bass Fishermen. He is Brandon “The Prodigy” Palanuik from Coeur D’lene Idaho .

Brandon uses a Skeeter bass boat and a wicked side-arm casting style that Don Drysdale would envy … and is considered among the best at “using his Hummingbird electronics”.  His girlfriend’s name is Tiffany.  “The Prodigy” was Angler Of The Year (AOY) in 2017.

FWIW … I can name more Pro Bass Fishermen than I can ACC Basketball Players.  “One”would be More.

As of today – December 22 – I CANNOT name ONE current ACC Basketball Player on Any ACC Team. … Not A Single One!  … THAT factoid woulda won you a bar bet even five years ago.

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Send In The Clowns
Send In The Clowns
3 months ago

Here’s hoping and praying all goes well with your eye surgeries and recoveries.
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PS No NFL, NBA, or college football for us. No college basketball games either.
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Instead, my 13 year old son and I have been going to watch 8th and 9th grade basketball games, as well as several high school games.
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Since he plays on a team, he loves to watch games in person and scout other players, so he can learn from them.

Fayettewuf
Fayettewuf
3 months ago

Happy to hear your eye surgery went well. I will spare you another ‘well this is what happened to me’ stories. But I had great results with an ocular oncologist from Duke. Contemplating the loss of the sight in even one eye is scarier than anyone can imagine without someone actually telling you that it is a possibility. Happy New Year.

CNR
CNR
3 months ago

Another cyclopedic gem from the Jim Murray of the 21st C. This one touched the Alpha to Omega of emotions.
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Commenters and your comments on their comments then had me laughing out loud with remarks regarding diverse subjects.
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Thank you all and Merry Christmas to all.

Coach

SunshotDeac
SunshotDeac
3 months ago

Just wanted to add some “mega dittos” on the successful eye surgery, and concur about the excellence of Duke Eye Center (my experience is with the one in Winston-Salem).
The State/UNC games are favorites of mine… my two sons are graduates of those fine institutions, and I alternate “pulling” for one team or the other based on who needs the win the most!

Queen City
Queen City
3 months ago

Was your procedure anything like cataract surgery? I went through that drill several years ago. I couln’t see anything at night ,especially when driving. My experience at the hospital was excellent after going in with low expectations. . You don’t need two good eyes to follow UNC BB this year. They dig themselves into double digit defits in the 1st half, make a late run, then fall short. Ton’s of young talent but overated at the moment. This might be one of those teams where the players will stick around a few years which will be a nice change of… Read more »

James Light
3 months ago
Reply to  Queen City

I see Coach Kay with a recurring back problems developing.

former96heel
former96heel
3 months ago

Glad to hear on the eyes. NC legislature/the monster that is the DOT is pretty predictable. Does UNC get a big green roadsign on the interstate for being 2020 Orange Bowl Participant (or maybe Champion)? One for every interstate entry, and then one for Western Blvd? If the Big Rams can’t attend, at least they get the fuzzies seeing the sign, right.

Doug
Doug
4 months ago

When the eyes have it, it can’t be all bad. Getting to the point where nothing is taken for granted. Have been blessed even in 2020. Another kid married off and a beautiful D-I-L, new grandson, new body part to help ALMOST keep up with existing and future GK’s, and a looming spotlight dance on my daughter’s big day in 2021. 2020 has been like I always feel every time I walk off of an airplane…. Cheated gravity and defied death once more. Merry Christmas.

RowdyBlueTarHeeler
RowdyBlueTarHeeler
4 months ago

glad to know you are getting some good doctoring. be well!

Porgie
Porgie
4 months ago

Good to hear your eye surgery is coming along. You do remember that you are in the city of the perennial collegiate bass fishing powerhouse. Maybe they can offer a few pointers. Have given thought to suggesting that FB and MBB be de-emphasized and pour that money into fishing. Could plug up Carter-Finley, fill with water and turn it into a semi cement pond. Use the upper deck as fishing piers. Enjoy the Grandkids visit . Also the parents if necessary. Remember my philosophy when asked ‘Do you spoil your grandkids? No but I do treat them with the care… Read more »

Teena Taylor
Teena Taylor
4 months ago

OMG- hope all goes well!! Love to you & yours for a blessed Christmas!!

Arn69
Arn69
4 months ago

Glad for your successful surgeries. Surgeons are highly admired in our household with a life-saving liver surgery on our first daughter as an infant and her liver transplant 30 years later as well as a 12 hour procedure for my cancer 16 years ago. Cancer is often insidious. The wife of my best UNC friend was fine at our May 2019 reunion but later diagnosed with cancer and gone by early December last year. Best wishes for Christmas and the new year.

Edward
Edward
4 months ago

Are you the bionic man now with x-ray vision? Can you see through walls and clothing? I ordered some of those X ray glasses from and ad in Popular Science 60 years ago but they didn’t work!! Congrats and quick recovery, Merry Christmas ! Edward

LRP
LRP
4 months ago

Seriously…not even one? How about that guy, Leaky, something…I think he’s a person of color….Oh, yea….his last name is Black…Yowza!!

Joco Bob
Joco Bob
4 months ago

Good to hear the eye surgery went well and hopefully improves. Having eye surgery when I was age 2 and still not seeing well is a lifelong struggle for me personally, so as they say I can feel your pain. The Duke eye peeps are the best, some 40 plus years ago I was sent to Duke for a last chance hope of having enough vision to get a driver license after failing elsewhere. The Duke doctors got it done and I have held a license for now all those years. Might be my last this round however. Thinking about… Read more »

Jay Colognori
4 months ago

Well BL I reckon we ARE “that old”. Cancer is eating away at a couple of near and dears of mine as well. In the age of Covid their burden is made greater by the isolation their compromised immune system requires. They both need hugs that I cannot give.

As for bowl games and opt outs, 2020 is a throw away. Congrats to UNC. Sadly VT’s 26 year bowl streak ends but does anything this year really count?

Harper Cooper
Harper Cooper
4 months ago

Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes that everything in life was folly. “Fear God and keep His commandments”. It takes a lifetime to figure this out. Go fishing !!!!!

Ruth M
Ruth M
4 months ago

Thanks for letting us have an update on the eye surgery. Praying all continues to improve. Like you I have chosen not to watch NFL games. Continue to see the top 5 college games. Otherwise just trying to stay up right which presents a problem in 45 to 60 mph sustained breezes. That is what we call it here. Sometimes it works out. I, personally, think you made an excellent decision in staying with the Duke eye program. Merry Christmas to all the family!

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