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Walker News - Update
Final update: December 11, 2007

Welcome to November Edition of the News

November is our anniversary month, as Pam and I have been together 35 years. Yes, where does the time go?

This month also brought some challenges our way as we opened our home to Jennifer Bullock and her son Malachi. This will give her the opportunity to complete her Cosmetology program under the College of Design Industries that is offered at the Emily Griffith Opportunity School in Denver.

Jennifer's arrival the weekend of the 10th was a blessing in itself, as she was able to help around the house as Pam suffered from a torn retina on the 12th. That same weekend Jennifer's mother Emily was in from New Jersey for a few days and was scheduled to fly on the red-eye on the 12th. Unbeknown to our simple plans, this was not a fortuitous event and was able to rush Pam around that afternoon.

Thanksgiving was hosted this year by Pam's sisters Diana and Valarie, which had already been planned ahead of time.

Don't forget to check out Cody's Corner for November.


November 12, 2007

Monday November 12th was different this year, as Pam required emergency surgery for a torn retina in her right eye. Pam described the symptoms as a curtain over the field of vision, which appeared Monday. She contacted her optometrist and was seen right away, who immediately declared as a medical emergency, and referred to the Colorado Retina Associates and Dr Alan Kimura performed laser bridge surgery late that afternoon. This procedure stablized the retina from further damage, and allowed time to schedule the full surgery for early Wednesday morning.

Pam was required to keep all eye movement at an absolute minimum, which was critical right after the laser bridge surgery. Pam is an avid puzzle person, and she was able to handle somewhat skipping on video content, but to take her Sudoku away, proved more difficult, and withdrawal symptoms were starting to set in. What does that leave, but audio books, and more audio books!

The symptoms of a torn retina include a sudden or gradual increase in either the number of floaters, which are little "cobwebs" or specks that float about in your field of vision, and/or light flashes in the eye. Another symptom is the appearance of a curtain over the field of vision. A retinal detachment is a medical emergency.


November 14-15, 2007

Pam's retina surgery went off as planned this morning at 7:00 am, and was home by noon. The recovery continued as the demand for audio books increased throughout the week. The next day was her followup appointment at the Colorado Retina Associates building, just right across the street from the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum on the former grounds of the old Lowry AFB.

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