Beware of Retinal Tears: What You Don’t Know Can Leave You Blind

by Dave Christensen

My Experience

On July 8, 2011, I was diagnosed by Dr. Harrison of the Retina Institute in Palm Springs California with a giant tear in the retina of my right eye. The decisions I made that day following this diagnosis altered my life. Dr. Harrison informed me that I was in need of immediate surgery. Being uninsured, I was instructed to go to emergency at Riverside County Regional Medical Center (RCRMC) for immediate treatment. The chances of full vision recovery were good at this point. Graciously Dr. Harrison offered to assist in the surgery if needed.

Retinal Detachment
Retinal Detachment

At that time I had no medical insurance. Ignorant of medical state law, I believed that I would be turned away because of my inability to pay, or that they would max out my credit card and plunge me deeper into debt. What I did was go to the Medi-cal office in Moreno Valley, California and applied for assistance; which process took six weeks to approve me. Had I gone to emergency as instructed, the assistance needed would have been expedited, and surgery immediate. By the time I got to an Ophthalmologist at the Eye Clinic at RCRMC in late August 2011, emergency status was cancelled. Exposure to my macular was extensive and permanent, and therefore taken off emergency status; surgery wasn’t scheduled until December 14, 2011.

Medical Research

Retina Detachment is a growing concern in the United States. According to the National Institute of Health, (NIH) 30,000 people per year are diagnosed with Retinal Tears or detachment. While doctors insist that there are no known preventions specifically for Retinal Detachment, common holistic sense, (CHS) points to diet for essential nutrition for eye health. Researchers at the National Eye Institute have found that besides Beta-Carotene, (commonly found in carrots), Vitamin C and E, Zinc, Omega-3, fatty acids, lutein and zeaxanthin are proven nutrients for good eye health. The following is a list of foods that contain these nutrients:

Vegetables: Kale, collard greens, peppers, broccoli, sweet potato, spinach, peas, pumpkin, carrots and Swiss chard
Fruits: Peaches, blueberries, oranges, tangerines, mango, tomato, apricot, papaya, cantaloupe, honeydew, avocado and grapefruit
Sources of zinc: King crab, lamb, bulgur, lean beef, fortified breakfast cereals, beans, lean pork, dark meat of poultry, whole-wheat or buckwheat flours, pumpkin seeds
Omega-3-rich foods: Salmon, herring, tuna, mackerel, rainbow trout, sardines, flaxseed, English walnuts, canola oil, roasted soybeans

(Nutrition-Wise blog. Eating for Eye Health by Jennifer K. Nelson, R.D., L.D. June 18, 2014)

Prevention

Since my surgery in December 2011, other procedures include laser surgery to repair leaks in my retina, another surgery in November 2012, Cataract and lens replacement surgery by Dr. Gimble in October 2013, and thanks to Obama Care, Medi-cal provided me with health insurance by IEHP which was accepted by The Retina Institute. On July 22, 2014, Ragui Sedeek M.D., performed surgery to remove a membrane growing over my Retina. Because of so many surgeries, my eye is still very sick though my Retina is flat and attached.

If you are over age 40, awareness and consciousness of good eye health can help you avoid what 30,000 Americans face every year. Awareness of early symptoms of Retinal Detachment is essential, and if detected early can be restored to the quality of vision before the detachment or tear happened. If you experience floaters or strobe like flashes of light in your vision, it is critical that you see an Ophthalmologist immediately. Early detection will restore your vision to normal, while procrastination will leave you blind.

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“Seek God For This City” – Dave Christensen

“Seek God For This City” – Dave Christensen

Inspired by Deuteronomy 28:1-14

28:And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:

And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God.

Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.

Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.

Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.

Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.

The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.

The Lord shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

The Lord shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, and walk in his ways.

10 And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the Lord; and they shall be afraid of thee.

11 And the Lord shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers to give thee.

12 The Lord shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.

13 And the Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the Lord thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:

14 And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

What Good Is A Liver Anyway?

My Experience With Livers

I live in a city that I have heard referred to as “second chance town” or a “town in recovery.” Part of my story is having to detox from all the pharmaceuticals I was handed and took for years when diagnosed with MS 2006. In 2005, I had gallbladder surgery, where they had to remove 2/3 of my liver due to infection. By 2011, I was near death just from all the side effects caused by the pharmaceuticals I was given to “live.” Now, three years later, I have been restored; my liver is fully restored. I believe it was a combination of several things, but it all comes down to balance; body, mind, spirit and emotional. I had to take back the control given to Doctor’s who barely knew me, turn to my Great Physician and Healer (God) and I let Him guide my research and body in finding what was best for me. Through this experience I have gained significant amounts of information on alternative healing and have helped many on their journey to recovery.

What Is the Function of the Liver

I recently was asked, “what is the most natural way to cleanse a liver with foods?” I knew several tips, but when I am asked questions, I research the question no matter how much I think I know. I was amazed with what I found on livers and their function. I came across a website (Huffington Post) that gave me the “a-ha” moment of a lifetime when I realized most of my symptoms could have stemmed from just my bad liver alone; low immune system, headaches, chronic fatigue, obesity and much more. These symptoms plagued me for years and it was always attributed to one illness or another, not to the fact that the pharmaceuticals were destroying my liver. I am grateful I was lead to change my diet and lifestyle, regardless of my Doctors opinions. I am alive today because of this decision.

Liver Cleansing Foods

Foods That Cleanse The Liver

What Can Help Cleanse Your Liver Naturally?

First things first, if you are taking any medication that can have adverse effects on your liver, go to your physician immediately and request a change in medication, then research their new recommendation. Never take anyone’s “word” when it comes to your life. Next, cut down on your proteins, cut out all refined sugars, drink lots of water and eat fruits and vegetables that cleanse the liver naturally; grapefruits, beets, avocados, leafy greens, lemons and many others listed on the link above.

Unlucky St. Patricks Day

Unlucky St. Patrick
Unlucky St. Patrick

The Long Delay

The past several weeks I have been unable to blog, which has challenged my creative flow and brought imbalance to my life. I have come to appreciate the opportunity to have this balance. On St. Patricks Day I was carving corned beef and the knife slipped; somehow jumped off the meat and went across the back of my hand, severing my two extensor tendons. These tendons, as I have come to find out first hand, are extremely important to not just the function of your fingers moving, but when severed to full amputation can affect the wrist. When they are repaired, the person is put in a splint that keeps you from moving your hand and wrist. I was also asked by my surgeon,  Dr. Freedman, not to move or use the arm at all for three weeks.

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Can’t Keep A Good Woman Down

Anyone that knows me, knows how impossible this is for me to follow these instructions. I have a hard time with not moving and not using my hand has been much more difficult than I ever imagined. I am not sure if any of you have tried tying one hand behind your back for a day (not sure why you would), but it is nearly impossible to function. All the way down to personal hygiene, one handed is not easy. Typing is a very slow process of the old one handed pecking, which requires significant patience on my part. I have a new found appreciation for people that have to live on a daily basis with just one hand, but I am guessing eventually you adapt. Although, I could only imagine the trauma of permanent amputation, it has been more than expected for my temporary situation.

Why, Oh Why?

Some of you might be wondering how this happened; I am not good with the carving knife and apparently St. Patricks Day is highly unlucky for me. I was carving corned beef and as I thought “I should not be cutting towards me,” the knife slipped and cut the back of my hand severing the tendons. I have no one to blame for this accident, I do have an example of why you don’t cut towards yourself. So, I apologize now for any blogging lag and ask for patience as I learn one handed pecking with speed.

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