Last updated: June 24. 2014 8:10PM - 175 Views
By Jennifer Runyon

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If you’ve been reading my column regularly…and I know you have, then you probably know about my left eye and the dramatic history behind it. If you’re not familiar with it, let me bring you up to speed.

In sixth grade, I was hit in my eye with a rock while sitting on the playground. Let me interrupt this column to deliver a highly important public service announcement: Never, ever, ever let your kids, grandkids, neighbor kids, nieces, nephews, anyone you know for that matter throw rocks! It sounds like just another cliché, but you really can put someone’s eye out.

So back to the tale, after being hit, I was legally blind in my left eye for 15 years and had numerous eye surgeries. Three years ago I had a cornea transplant, lens implant, and artificial iris implant. Following this surgery, I could actually see…well, for a little while that is. I soon developed scar tissue on my retina and yet another surgery was needed. After this one, I could actually see… well for a little while longer that is. And this leads us to today.

My cornea is going through degeneration. As my doctor put it, “This kinda means it’s given all it can give.” He told me in a normal eye you can usually get 10 years out of a cornea transplant. My eye is far from normal, so I got two and a half years before the degeneration started. Luckily, everything else looked fine, so I could wait to have my second cornea transplant.

This was three months ago. Since then, the vision has been getting worse pretty quickly, so I’ve decided to go ahead with it. My surgery will be July 10. This will be the ninth surgery for my left eye.

If you read my last column, you know that the very minor start of diabetic retinopathy was found in my right eye. This is bad enough to hear with perfectly fine eyes, but when you’re left eye is in the condition mine’s in, it’s even scarier. I have been trying so very hard to keep my sugar from going high, but diabetes is not playing fairly. Today though has been a pretty good day sugar wise. I’ve had lows, but I have not gone above 160 all day. I’m certainly hoping these not high readings will continue as they will be needed for the healing following my upcoming surgery. You never know what this disease will throw at you though

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