From Father Pat

  • From: "Fr. Pat Umberger" <frpat@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: morningprayer@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2007 08:51:02 -0500 (CDT)

Hi everybody!

As you know, I went to Boston for my 12-year follow up after the eye
melanoma I was treated for at that time.  There has been bleeding in the
eye since last January.  Dr. Gragoudas determined that the best bet was to
do some more surgery.  Blood had built up in the eye and the pressure was

So ... yesterday I had surgery to first remove the large quantity of blood
and goo that had accumulated.  Then they laser treated the extra veins
that had grown on the front and interior of the eye ... most likely called
for by the body after the great doses of radiation I had 12 years ago. 
The final step was to put in some medication that would help stop further
veins from growing.  They also had to remove the lens of that eye.

I just met with Dr. Kim this morning.  She says everything looks just as
it should for right now.  I have three different kinds of drops to use
many times a day ... but the patches are gone for now ... except at night.
 So I don't look quite so much like a pirate any more!

Dr. Kim wants me to stay in Boston until this coming Monday when she'll
check the eye again.  She says I can be fitted with a contact lens for
that eye in about a month ... and eventually have a lens implant.

Sounds like enough exitement for a week, doesn't it.  I'm so thankful to
Father Dan for allowing me to stay at Saint Joseph's Rectory, just three
blocks from the hospital.  I continue to enjoy Boston and eat lots of
scallops and clam chowdah!  It's a picture-perfect day today.  It's headed
for the mid or upper 70's.  Tomorrow should be much the same.  It rained
over an inch yesterday.  Coming here from Wisconsin and the 20 inches we
got a couple weeks ago I was unfamiliar with people suffering from
drought.  Everybody was happy to see the rain yesterday.

Continue to keep me in your prayers.  Your prayers are precious to me,
that's for sure.

Again though, the surgery was simply to remove blood and treat veins. 
There has been no recurrence of cancer and the prognosis is just

Sorry that there won't be Morning Prayer for a few days, but perhaps I'll
get a chance to write again before I return to Wisconsin.

If you're part of the Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in November ...
everything is a GO!  I can hardly wait.  And if you're not signed up yet,
I believe there are still a few seats available.
Keep me in your prayers and know you're remembered in mine as well.  May
God continue to bless you and those you love, and keep you safe!

Father Pat

      "Be still and know that I am God."  ~Psalm 46:10

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