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
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.
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
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