If at First You Don’t Succeed
We decided to run as much blood work as possible, that the antibiotic will not interfere. The nice thing is this can be done entirely at our home and keeps Ryan out of the hospital environment. There was an attempt by the nursing agency to get this yesterday, but Ryan wasn’t giving up any of his blood. After multiple unsuccessful needle sticks, we felt it was best to wait a day and see if another nurse might have better results.
They’ll collect four vials of blood. These are the non-specialized types of tests (e.g., electrolytes, sodium, magnesium, potassium, CBC, testosterone, albumin, etc.). We should start seeing the results tomorrow and everything by the end of the week.
Dr. Hinkle Examining Eyes
Also later this morning, Dr. Hinkle is stopping over to take a good look at Ryan’s eyes. I always enjoy his visits and learn so much every time. He is relentless in tweaking a treatment plan that gives Ryan the best possible outcome. His dedication is admirable.
I really need to get in to see Dr. Hinkle as well. My eyes have always been bad. If I’m not wearing my contacts or glasses I literally cannot see anything in focus. The world is nothing but an undefined blur.
I liken myself to Mr. Magoo. It’s really the best way to describe my vision. Magoo’s dog, McBarker, has a striking resemblance to Duke now that I look at him! Who ever said foreshadowing and fate don’t exist?
My eyes have been bad since I was a teenager. In college, they really went downhill fast. Although I did have a lot of fun, I also dedicated myself to studying. The eye strain from those dimly lit college apartments was always bothering me. I remember coming home after finals with eye strain so bad I literally couldn’t open my eyes. It felt like I had grains of sand in my eyes.
In the long run, I’m glad I experienced this eye discomfort those many years ago. It gives me an appreciation for the pain Ryan would go through if not for Dr. Hinkle and our constant treatment.
Oh Magoo, you’ve done it again!