Eye Surgery Update / What’s Up With G&G

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Better days.

By Louis Cahill

Ten weeks ago I had surgery for a detached retina.

Many of you will have seen the post I put up explaining that emergency surgery caught me with my pants down. I know that others have simply noticed that G&G has been recycling content lately. That was the best I could do on short notice. For those of you who have been wondering, here’s an update.

I’ll keep this short, as I am still in no hope to work. My recovery has been challenging. Everything looked good early on but I soon hit a set back. Ten days ago I was told that I would likely need additional surgeries, the likely outcome being that I would loose the site in my right eye. I have been fighting this with everything I have and, when I saw my doctor yesterday, she revised the prognosis. I am not in the clear, but I have a chance. If my retina hangs tight for another two weeks, I may not need additional surgery. I’ll take a chance.

As of this writing I have been in bed for ten weeks. I have at least another two, and who knows from there. I am remaining optimistic and expect to be back to work before too long. It is, of course, out of my control. I appreciate your patience and support while I, and my sainted wife who has been incredible, work through this challenging time. Rest assured that no matter what happens G&G will be back and better than ever. 

Thank you all!

Louis Cahill
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49 thoughts on “Eye Surgery Update / What’s Up With G&G

  1. Louis,
    I know what you’re going through and feel for you. I had my first detachment while fishing in Mt., and not wanting to mess the trip up for the others, didn’t mention it ( was fishing with my Optometrist) so by not getting it taken care of in time, am blind in my left eye…. Bitch for seeing Bones and Permit… Two years later my right eye detached and getting it taken care of immediately, am 29/25 in that eye… Hang in there and I’m sure everyone will understand. Rick

  2. Dang Louis! Sorry to hear that but hoping for the best. Let me know if there’s anything we can do…we are right down the road and I’m totally serious!

  3. Hi Louis. We’ve never met but I’m a long time reader of G&G. Sending positive energy your way and wish you all the best for a complete recovery. When this situation is past, I’d be honored to have you up to the Upper Delaware and row you for a day of fishing!

    Take Care,

    Gary

  4. Man oh man, you have been going through a rough time with your eyes. I’m a licensed optician, so I see a lot of people with cataract surgery and detached retina problems. I’ve got to say, I don’t often see patients with the troubles that you have been through. I feel for you. Hang in there, Louis. In a perfect world, you will beat the odds and come out of this in fine shape. Please. Do everything that the doctors tell you to do and don’t get impatient. Time can be your friend. Your gink and gasoline column will be there waiting for you when this is over. So will all of your followers. So will the fish. Know that you have hundreds of folks cheering for you. Not so much the fish. Wishing you the best.

  5. Good luck Louis! This is the post I’ve been watching for but not quite the prognosis I wanted to hear. I’m praying for you man, Take it easy, think positive, there’s a lot of love & good vibes from the whole G & G fan club heading your way I’m sure.

  6. Hope you get better soon man. I for one have been enjoying the recycled content anyway. Best of luck in two weeks I hope you get good news.

  7. Louis, thanks for giving thousands of us joy in reading all about what we love to do – fly fish! Prayed for you the moment I read about your journey. You’ll be fishing again soon, I guarantee it! You mentioned your wife in your posts about your situation. Now, that is cool! God bless her! God bless all of our wives and partners. We are so darn lucky/blessed to have them stand by us in the toughest of times. You’ll both get through this and be stronger than ever! That is the most important thing. Hang tough – both of you! Best, David

  8. Louis, I fished with you at Blair’s a few years ago while recovering from a similar eye issue. Due to a parasite I lost the vision in my right. And I can assure you that even in the worst case scenario, which we all are fighting against with you, that mono vision would only be a minor hurdle in life’s path. Because you are strong I’m betting you will persevere and beat the odds. Keep the faith.

  9. My thoughts are with you Louis. I’ve had “work done” on my eyes and I know that it’s uncomfortable and maddeningly slow. Kudos for staying strong and mentally engaged through this ordeal. Like everyone else I’m hoping for the best outcome!

  10. Louis

    I have had three detachments in past 10 months. I have done history here obviously. Ping me privately if you would like to discuss. Eyes are so important. Speedy recovery.

  11. I add my voice to the multitude of good folks wishing you a complete and quick recovery. Do your best. May the force be with you!

    Regards,

    Jim Dowd

  12. Louis
    Take care of yourself first by all means! Hope everything works out for the best and you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  13. Positive thoughts for your recovery. I have enjoyed the content of G&G for some time now and hope someday to meet you in person at one of your hosted trips. All the best.

  14. I recently went through retina surgery (4 times). They kept working on closing the gap and I kept laying on my left side, only getting up to eat. And twice the surgery was holding and I was allowed to sit up and watch a movie, but not tie flies (that was work and would build blood pressure to the eyes). I am not a patient or calm person so this is hard for me to say, Keith Leonard is right, be patient and don’t count your chickens before they hatch. Doctors were afraid to work on the retina for fear of the patient going blind until they had a patient that was loosing his eye and they saved it and the rest is history with great advancements. Only you know frustrating and agonizing it is laying in bed with a million things to do and you think just one little job won’t matter but yes it will. And blurred vision is permanent. Praying for your recovery and sanity.

  15. Louis,

    Having a good friend who simultaneously detached both retinas I have some idea of what you are going through. I echo the sentiments of others about the patience part. Easier said than done, but my friend has had a few set backs, partly due to rushing to get back to “normal”. Things are stabilizing a bit and his doctor approved him joining his pals for our 42nd annual knucklehead buddy ski trip in January. Hang in there.
    Mark

  16. Take your time and rest up dude. Im recovering from capsulitis or frozen shoulder right now. I couldnt move my arm above my head for 2 months. Couldnt swim surf, fly fish or lift. Took 6 months to heal and its not quite 100% yet. I gained 20 lbs and lost a bunch of hard earned muscle too. I feel your pain. Im thinking your eyes gonna pull through! Youll be back on the water in no time.

  17. Had same issue with my Master Eye…it is/was clearly a side effect from Cataract Surgery…some are more at risk than others. Usually the detachment shows up about a year after the cataract surgery.

    Mine has taken 2 surgeries. Initial emergency surgery, then 6 months later since it was healing “With too much scar tissue”, and the internal swelling would not go down, nor would pupil respond to light correctly. Vision was blurry and distorted

    Vision restoration was real iffy, but now 2 years down the road from initial detachment I can see 20/40 “uncorrected” (No Glasses), with minimal distortion in the damage eye.

    If you are older,50-60, very near-sighted, have astigmatism, you run higher (probable) risk for detached retina from Cataract Surgery…the alternative is to eventually go blind from not doing anything about the cataract.

    Things seem good now. Finally released for all normal activities, but still require retina specialist follow up every 6 months for life. KA Ching…15 minutes at the retina specialist will set you back about $500.00

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