December at McClendon Villa: Wimpy Suz and a Plea


I hope this post finds you all doing well and excitedly preparing for a Christmas spent with loved ones.

As you all know, on December 12, I was diagnosed with cataracts in both eyes.  And, you also may have noticed that the thought of having eye surgery has me in total freak mode. Thankfully, only one eye requires the surgery.  I am already blind in my left eye (since early childhood) and the surgery would not benefit it.

I know my limitations and know that, for the sake of my own sanity and the kneecaps of the ophthalmologist, I need to be put to sleep for this surgery.

So far, all of the ophthalmologists that David has called only do the surgery with local anesthesia, which means I would be awake and fully aware of what they are doing. No good for anyone involved.

Do any of you know of an ophthalmologist in the Houston (TX) area, or the surrounding area, that will do cataract surgery using general anesthesia or, at the very least, twilight sleep?  I’ve had the twilight sleep before during oral surgery as well as what they did to me after Dorian died.  I was totally unaware of anything until I woke up, unlike the goofy gas the dentist used at times, where I knew what was happening but was too spaced out to care. Note: Goofy gas would not be adequate for dealing with my eyes!

Please, if any of you know of an ophthalmologist that isn’t a total sadist that insists on a person being awake for such things, email David or Suzanne.

Thank you for any help that you can offer with this search and also, most especially, for your prayers.  Have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

About Suzanne Gunter McClendon

I am a South Carolina native, but have been living on the Texas Gulf Coast for 14 years now. David and I have been married for 34 years. Our children are grown. Some are here at home, others are out in the big world doing their "thing". I enjoy genealogy, reading, writing, photography, digital art, fiber arts, cooking and much, much more.
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26 Responses to December at McClendon Villa: Wimpy Suz and a Plea

  1. David E. McClendon Sr. says:

    Folks, Suzanne is really concerned here. Please keep her in your prayers. Also, please help us promote the GoFundMe fundraiser to help us be able to pay for this. Thank you all and have a Merry Christmas.

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  2. foguth says:

    I don’t know doctors of any type in TX, BUT, I had cataract surgery on my right eye over a decade ago. (About 1.5 years prior, I’d been in an accident and had a detached retina on my right eye – it was easily repaired (no anesthesia – this is a bad thing during eye surgery)… however, at that time, I was warned that the trauma my eye had suffered would cause a cataract to grow – they were correct.
    Now, to what I recall of that 15 minute surgery: it didn’t hurt; they needed me awake to verify that the artificial lens they put in was positioned correctly – IF I’d been ‘out’ and the new lens had been positioned wrong, there wouldn’t have been a way to repair the problem.
    I needed someone to drive me home, but after 24 hours rest, I was fine.
    Suzanne, my advice is to practice some relaxation techniques and understand that you’ll be fine … and have something interesting to blog about.
    (I have a titanium plate holding my right wrist in place and another holding C4 in place – those surgeries required anesthesia 😉

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  3. Suzanne I’m wishing you all the best! I hope you find the right doctor!

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