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    Having been blessed with so much good fortune in life, I decided to give something back to the community last year by adding my efforts to combat the specter of cancer which continues to afflict far too many Canadians. Unlike so many other diseases whose ravages have been substantially tamed by the advances in modern medicine over the last hundred years, a cure for cancer has to this point proven elusive.

    Accordingly I elected to participate in the Colour to Conquer fundraising campaign for cancer research and had my hair coloured a bright vibrant neon blue! I provided my contributors with full value for their support by keeping my hair that way well into July. I ended up as the sixth top fund raiser in Canada last year. Moreover my Rainbow Unicorn team was the #1 fund raising team.

    Being part of the Advisory Cabinet for the Colour to Conquer campaign this year, I've had to redouble my efforts. I've more than retained my title as the boldest broker on Bay Street this year with an even wilder dye job.* Below are two pictures from this year with several Argonaut, Blue Bomber and other jersey shots from last year for comparison's sake. (Between my spouse and I we have about forty CFL jerseys all proudly displaying a Radically Canadian patch.)















    So if you're impressed with either the commitment I've demonstrated to this cause or my unwavering dedication to Canadian football and are inclined to offer some support to my campaign, let me know by replying in this thread or sending me a PM. I'll provide you with a link through which you can make a contribution.

    Thanking you in advance for your generosity! All donations go to fund the cancer research program at Princess Margaret Hospital which is one of the top five cancer research institutes in the world. Our common goal is to conquer cancer in our lifetimes.

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    So my Rainbow Unicorn Team was the #1 fund raising team for the second year in a row and as an individual I finished as the sixth top fund raiser in Canada out of nearly 1700 participants. I'm a bit disappointed though since I was also sixth last year and I really wanted to crack the top three. The number of participants this year was 2.5x higher than last year though so by that yardstick anyway I did better.

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    Re: Coloured to Conquer in CFL Attire!

    Out of my mind; back in five minutes.

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    So I had cataract surgery on my left eye on August 22nd. Things seemed to go smoothly, I was delighted with my resulting vision and I passed my check up on the morning of the 28th with flying colours. But after 5:00 PM on the 28th I noticed a dark line on the lower left edge of my left eye's vision. I reported this as a "shadow" to Dr. B's office on the Tuesday following the Labour Day weekend. They weren't at all concerned since shadows are often reported after cataract surgery.

    By Friday I realized that the "shadow" was actually a bubble and had grown in size. Moreover it would move upward with my eyeball and was a bright orange colour with a ring of sparkles in the dark! This I knew was something bad messing with my optic nerve. The bubble grew in size Saturday and Sunday. Pecking my symptoms into the internet yielded "Retinal Detachment" right of the bat.

    Dr. B confirmed this Monday morning. The written material I'd been given said that there was a 1/250 chance of retinal detachment following cataract surgery. But there are lies, damned lies, and then there are statistics. If a person does not have the risk factors for retinal detachment, the risk may be something like 1/2000. But if a person does have the risk factor, the odds drop to 1 in four/five/six/whatever.The major risk factor is myopia which is something I've had since my early teens. Myopia means one's eye isn't perfectly round but is more oval shaped which puts more stress on one's retina from certain angles.

    Dr. B booked me with the retina specialists at St. Michael's Hospital. They simply told me "Well that's how you get retinal detachments, from cataract surgery." They operated Monday evening to drain the fluid from beneath my retina and then put an air bubble over the tear to hold my retina in place This has required me to hold my head bent at a certain angle since then to keep the bubble at 10:30 AM including while I sleep in an upright position.

    Laser surgery sessions last Tuesday and Wednesday re-attached my retina. But!!! They still wanted to do some final touch-up laser work later in the week. I had immediately come to dread the procedure because it's so unnatural to hold still and not flinch as the brightest bolts of lightning flare in your eye. It was taking a supreme effort of will on my part not to flinch.

    Then there was the detail that laser eye surgery may also result in tears/abrasions on one's cornea. Not that they told me about that. When the freezing wore off on Wednesday evening and it felt like something really large/bad was in my eye, I of course feared the worst and at midnight decided I needed to go to Emergency at St. Mike's despite the fact that the thought of any more bright lights in my eye which I just wanted to keep tightly closed made me cringe/weep. Then the doctor in Emergency told me that there's a big old tear in my cornea! "Old?!" I said.

    "Well it's big anyway" he replied. At least they gave me some Tylenol 3 when we asked....

    But they said my cornea was healing nicely and it no longer bothered me after a couple of days. The air bubbles were also supposed to go away by themselves as well but in the meantime they were bizarre/unsettling.

    So I reported for a final laser touch-up Monday afternoon, and after looking my eye over thoroughly the doctor announced that things looked just fine and no more laser zapping was needed! A great piece of news! Final check-up with a senior ophthalmologist is on Thursday. And the now single air bubble is only about 20% as large as it was a week ago.

    But I'll probably require some spot laser surgery to strengthen an area of weakness in my right eye's retina before cataract surgery on that eye.

    This has all understandably shaken my previous stoicism/equilibrium when it comes to surgical procedures. Complications can indeed occur.

    Despite all the above "distractions" shall we say, I made sure to take care of that which was of overriding importance. I got my CFL Fantasy picks in on a timely basis.

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    Glad to hear it's getting better. I went through a scare with the low probability of retinal detachment a year or two ago. Thankfully I was one of the "normal" cases. It's surprisingly scary when you're faced with a real possibility of losing vision.
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    Great to hear you're on the mend, Fox.

    I had double retinal detachment surgeries done in 2014. Both eyes, same time.

    Scary ****. At 29 years old, like Glen said, facing the potential full loss of vision, it was something that absolutely terrified me. Thankfully, the ophthalmologist team at the Alberta Retinal Clinic and Royal Alex hospital were just amazing. If you have the stomach for it, YouTube 'scleral buckle retinal detachment surgery'. Crazy stuff. Post op was the toughest thing though. Face down in a donut pillow for 8 weeks. Couldn't work, ended up giving up my job. Wife had to do the same. Very low point in our lives, but we have fought back and persevered well.

    I had a cataract removed during the surgery as well, and unfortunately I have another one forming, which will require removal soon. Next bi-annual checkup is in late November. Now living in the Hat, it's tough to find a good retinal specialist. Only one in the city, and he's always extremely busy. If major surgery is required again, a trip up to Edmonton is definitely in the cards.

    Ironically, my father had the same thing happen to his left eye, 7 years ago. And just yesterday, got diagnosed with a detachment in his right. Surgery today in Edmonton.
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    Yipe! My own experience has therefore been relatively mild compared to yours.
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