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Del Shannon
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      08-21-2004, 09:36 PM
After my mother's death at 91, I noticed she had glued bright
orange-red caps
or used covers on items like containers in which she kept sugar, soap
pads, etc. Could this be something someone with cataracts would do?
She had to mark
the control buttons on her white TV, too. I think she even had a
difficult time sewing by hand which she enjoyed. I insisted I get her
a needle threader.
When I took her to a showing of the 1957 film Jailhouse Rock, she
kept asking,
"Is this really Elvis, or someone playing him? He looks too young to
be him."
 
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      08-21-2004, 11:59 PM
More likely than not, at 91 she would have had cataracts, senile
cataracts to be exact. As to why she had labeled items, or questioned
the Elvis movie, may be other issues unrelated. Difficulty threading a
needle certainly could have been due to cataracts.

Dr. Ted Roxan
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On 21 Aug 2004 14:36:09 -0700, (E-Mail Removed) (Del Shannon)
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>After my mother's death at 91, I noticed she had glued bright
>orange-red caps
> or used covers on items like containers in which she kept sugar, soap
>pads, etc. Could this be something someone with cataracts would do?
>She had to mark
> the control buttons on her white TV, too. I think she even had a
>difficult time sewing by hand which she enjoyed. I insisted I get her
>a needle threader.
> When I took her to a showing of the 1957 film Jailhouse Rock, she
>kept asking,
> "Is this really Elvis, or someone playing him? He looks too young to
>be him."


 
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Dr Judy
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      08-22-2004, 10:34 PM
"Del Shannon" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> After my mother's death at 91, I noticed she had glued bright
> orange-red caps
> or used covers on items like containers in which she kept sugar, soap
> pads, etc. Could this be something someone with cataracts would do?
> She had to mark
> the control buttons on her white TV, too. I think she even had a
> difficult time sewing by hand which she enjoyed. I insisted I get her
> a needle threader.
> When I took her to a showing of the 1957 film Jailhouse Rock, she
> kept asking,
> "Is this really Elvis, or someone playing him? He looks too young to
> be him."


Unless she had had an eye examination and you can ask the doctor about her
eyes, you will never know. Cataract, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and
corneal edema are just a few of the hundreds of eye diseases that cause
reduced vision. Or maybe her refractive error had changed and she just
needed new glasses.

Dr Judy


 
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      08-24-2004, 09:03 PM
Dr. Jay Stockman <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message news:<(E-Mail Removed)>. ..
> More likely than not, at 91 she would have had cataracts, senile
> cataracts to be exact. As to why she had labeled items, or questioned
> the Elvis movie, may be other issues unrelated. Difficulty threading a
> needle certainly could have been due to cataracts.
>
> Dr. Ted Roxan


This is what I suspected. But inoperable at her age, yes?
 
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      08-24-2004, 09:15 PM
"Dr Judy" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message news:<6c9Wc.40$(E-Mail Removed) ogers.com>...

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> Unless she had had an eye examination and you can ask the doctor about her
> eyes, you will never know. Cataract, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and
> corneal edema are just a few of the hundreds of eye diseases that cause
> reduced vision. Or maybe her refractive error had changed and she just
> needed new glasses.


May I say, she was struck by her husband during her 40s and 50s? She
may have been struck in the head at times. Could this lead to problems
developing later in life? She lived separate from her husband at least
two years before he died, in 1975 and lived by herself for the next
almost 28 years. I stayed with her
only about a month and a half till I got my own apartment and then
lived alone.
I stayed with her a few hours before I left for my home. I guess she
must have died sometime after that. She claimed to be in pain and was
lying in bed.
I underwent an eerie feeling that this might be the last time I would
see her alive. She was confused-sounding yet she reminded of what I
had access to do
if the dark hour were to come. I kissed her on the forehead and asked
her
"Honey, what can I do to help you?" She asked for therapeutic
pain-relieving pads, but when I bought them, it was too
late..............I never got to give them to her.
 
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      08-25-2004, 04:18 PM
"Del Shannon" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> Dr. Jay Stockman <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message

news:<(E-Mail Removed)>. ..
> > More likely than not, at 91 she would have had cataracts, senile
> > cataracts to be exact. As to why she had labeled items, or questioned
> > the Elvis movie, may be other issues unrelated. Difficulty threading a
> > needle certainly could have been due to cataracts.
> >
> > Dr. Ted Roxan

>
> This is what I suspected. But inoperable at her age, yes?


Age alone is not an factor. Other major health conditions make surgery
risky, but as cataract surgery is done with local, not general anaethesia, a
patient has to be very sick for their health to be a limiting factor. If
she was told her poor eye vision could not be fixed with surgery, it more
likely means she had an eye disease other than cataract.

Dr Judy


 
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      08-26-2004, 10:35 PM
"Al Smith" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message news:<(E-Mail Removed)>...

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> So, always get a second opinion and be sure to check
> that the second opinion is truly independent. That may
> involve driving many tens of miles, perhaps hundreds.


While this is true, certain medical benefits offered by pension granters
prefer to resort to limit their choice of what and whose services it will
copay. Then your choice of physicians may be limited, though your opinion
shjould be definitely more than one, even from an expert in his field.
 
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      08-26-2004, 11:01 PM
"Dr Judy" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message news:<fZ2Xc.2110$(E-Mail Removed) e.rogers.com>...

> Age alone is not an factor.


I never thought it was.

> Other major health conditions make surgery
> risky, but as cataract surgery is done with local, not general anaethesia, a
> patient has to be very sick for their health to be a limiting factor. If
> she was told her poor eye vision could not be fixed with surgery, it more
> likely means she had an eye disease other than cataract.


Ma told me the opthalmalogist she saw informed her he could do
nothing
for her. "Honey, I'm sorry, I can do nothing for you" (quoted)

She did receive blows to the head which may or may not have
influenced
the onset of cataracts or vision problems....as I said, her husband
struck her
during their marriage. She eventually left the husband, choosing to
live by herself after living with him 35 years...after his death she
lived almost 28
years to the time of her death.
 
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      08-27-2004, 08:31 PM
"Al Smith" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message news:<(E-Mail Removed)>...

> Get a second, third, fourth, etc opinion, use your head, and be careful.



Yes, use your head, even if it's full of crap, it's better than the
crap of others, expecially doctors.
 
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