UPDATE: Detached retina leads to emergency surgery for daddu

Arriving home from work tonight, I went upstairs to swap out my work attire for something more comfortable. Then I heard an unusual sound: Our answering machine was chirping. “How strange,” I thought, as I went over and tried to figure which button would play back the message. My mom had left a message for us, and she spoke in a quiet, tearful voice, asking us to call her cell phone.

My heart sank? Something terrible had happened. I knew it.

Of course, I picked up my phone and called her to get the scoop. I was so nervious that I was on the verge of tears myself. Thankfully, no one had died or been maimed by a wild boar. However, she told me that my dad’s retina became detached and he’s having emergency surgery at 8 p.m. (right about now, actually). I’ve been reading up on it (click here for a good description), and the success rate for this surgery is 80 to 90 percent. It still makes me nervous, and I can understand why my mom is a little freaked out.

Anyway, I hope it goes well. Please keep your fingers crossed for him.


UPDATE (10:25 p.m.): The surgery went well. He’s still knocked out, but my mom and sister are supposed to be bringing him home tonight in about an hour. For the next two weeks, he’ll have to keep his nose pointed down so this little bubble in his eye will help the retina heal/reattach. Scary stuff.

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6 thoughts on “UPDATE: Detached retina leads to emergency surgery for daddu

  1. Hi Justin/Sarah – I know what you mean about the ‘call me’ type messages…it is never a good thing. I hear dad had a good report from the doctor today – one day down, 13 to go. WE LOVE YOU!

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