I wanted to work on a “Facing 60” project. I also wanted to recap my Mayo Clinic experience. So for Part I, I am summarizing my treatment experience at the Mayo Clinic, and my recovery during the the first year through a series of portraits taken by my Husband.
Where it all Started on October 31, 2018:
Above, after my first 14 hour surgery. Puffy faced, but still with hair. I was growing my hair back in hopes of having small dread locks….but that won’t happen for a while.
I had a second surgery at the end of January (only 6 hours) and I was well enough by Valentine’s Day to Celebrate:
And actually I did quite a bit of Photography. I had several types of 35 mm film to test and write about. And I purchased a Fuji GW690 III to experiment with. See more here.
Facing the second surgery, this time through my forehead, I did a precut. The results of that below:
The shave, incision and surgical superglue:
Below, I trimmed the back of my head as my hair begins to grow back so I can have even regrowth.
My last week of treatment; still no hair loss due to the radiation treatments; my special Proton Beam Mask in hand. I have to wear a hat to keep the UV away from my treatment areas when I’m outside:
And officially “Ringing Out” of the Mayo Clinic………
Had my follow-up in September and Stopped by Santa Fe, New Mexico to vist friend Nathan on the way home:
After My Mayo Check up in September……..I kept wearing my old favorite hat. Only a bit more hair happening here than in my pre-surgical haircut. My Surgeon successfully talked my out of trying a hair transplant. So we’re keeping as is. But by the end of September I was beginning to experience more serious vision problems with my left eye.
Alas, my vision travails continue….I am working with the Vision Clinic at Anschutz, the local University of Colorado Medical School. No worries, not going blind, but we’ll catch up on that in my next posting.
5 thoughts on “Through the Glass: Facing 60 Part I”
Wow, keep up the good work! That sounds pretty challenging for sure. I think you look great, I’m right behind you in age. All the best from freezing cold New England.
Good luck with your vision journey!
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Thanks….Got the message from my Drs that the surgery will be in August. Trying to give the 3rd cranial nerve a chance to heal itself.
Thank you for posting it. It refreshes my memory on the chronology of the events. You are extraordinary in reporting on your trials and tribulations..not one word of complain how hard and difficult it must have been. I am so happy that you prevailed.
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Final eye surgery already scheduled for August 24th. I’ve been encouraged to resume driving and getting independant. The rational being that if I learn to function normally with one eye, then what ever I recover after the surgery will be an improvment and make life easier. I am beginning now to see the Dr’s logic. So that makes moving forward easier.