Dear Dr. Bob,

After several weeks of headaches which were ignored by her dentist, my Mom woke up Aug 6 with very little vision. Within a very short period of time, she was completely blind. The diagnosis was temporal arteritis. (A second opinion has never been obtained.) The doctors said that the blood supply was cut-off to the optic nerve; therefore, the optic nerve died. She is taking predisone. (Yuck)

For the record: Mom is 84 years old, is 5’4″ tall and weighs 115 lbs. She broke her left hip 3 years ago and had 3 children betwee 1944 and 1949. She has eaten nutritionally-sound meals for years, doesn’t smoke or drink, and has had minimal stress in her life. In addition she does have excellent medical insurance.

Several weeks ago a friend of mine called you for direction. With a email you said you would recommend a doctor for a second opinion. I am grateful for your assistance in finding a doctor. When this works, I’ll be the first to call with a “stroker”.

Yours truly,

Jane K.