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Okay, it is 2020.  Get up on Sunday, May 17 and there is a noticeable problem with the vision in the left eye.  It was a shadow on the field of vision on the right side, couldn't see the tip of my nose.

Detached retina came to mind, so I googled it.  Yes, that's what it appeared to be and it's an emergency.  Probably should have just headed for the hospital and presented myself, but didn't do that.  Checked the BHP website looking for a doctor specializing in that area who had Sunday office hours.  Picked Dr. Attaporn Suwannik, who is a woman.  It was a good pick and the fact that she was a woman may have been a factor in my choice.  Sent an email.  Nothing was available, she was in surgery, but an appointment for Monday.

Go in, the standard dilation and shining bright lights in the eye.  Yes, you have a detached retina and surgery should be soon although not same day soon.

Tuesday, go see my cardiologist to get his input.  Also, got a covid test, not terribly pleasant but not as horrid as I feared.

Check in on Wednesday, surgery late in the afternoon.  General anesthetic.  Not sure, but I think I may have vigorously tried to escape coming out of it.

Eye bandaged, couldn't see much beyond light and color but not a lot of pain.  The procedure is an incision in the eyeball and injecting a gas bubble to push the retina back into place.  Sounds strange but it worked.

There had been some hope of going home the next day, but ended up staying three.  I think it may have been a matter of the pressure inside the eyeball.  The GF stayed over each night, a great psychological help.

Sent home with with a lot of eye drops.  Been back three times.  Progress was slow, but Dr. Attaporn seemed to think things were satisfactory so no panic.  The gas bubble has not been fully absorbed .  Going back on July 6.

Improvement has been slow, but no longer oozing blood and the last few days observable improvement in the vision so I actually am optimistic as opposed to cautiously hopeful.

 Yes, the cost was real money--289,673.70 baht.  I have the great good fortune to have employer subsidized health insurance which continued into retirement and which paid the hospital directly.  Even in normal times, getting on a plane to the US would not have been an option.

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I'm glad this has worked well. May you recover completely real soon.

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A couple of other things that reflect favorably on BHP.

The room was a bit warmer than ideal for me but not enough to complain.  The GF noticed and told the nurses, hey, he likes it like a meat locker (loose translation).  Repair guy showed up, fiddled with the thermostat and it was cooler.

Dr. Attaporn told me to sleep on my side after the surgery.  Said I couldn't, the bed was too hard.  They rolled in a bed with a thicker mattress.

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