|Posted on Sunday, September 04, 2011 - 07:47 pm: ||
I do know about your ongoing eye problems but not about this latest one(s). You have always dealt with it so amazingly that one tends to forget you are legally blind. My love and prayers are with you my friend. I don't get to Starlite very often but you are one of the very dear friends I have made and cherish over the years I have been here.
GOd bless and keep you and your family,
|Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 08:04 am: ||
Dear fellow Starliters...
After some long and careful thinking I have decided to tell everyone what the eye problem is that has been plaguing me.. and will continue to plague me. I am a very private person so you can understand that saying this to you is not easy for me.
As most of you know (I am sure some do not) I am legally blind and have been since birth. My eyesight has always remained pretty much the same aside from the normal aging issues that plague us all... until a few months ago. I began to notice some changes which concerned me. On May 2nd I went to my doctor and was officially diagnosed with glaucoma. I had already pretty much guessed what is was but of course I needed to know for sure. It is treatable, yes, but not curable and I am also not a candidate for any of the procedures available. What does this mean relating to my eyesight? Well, as of now it has not done any major damage to my optic nerve: however, my optic nerve is already severely damaged so it likely would not be as noticeable. Today (August 16th) I had my first hurdle... the first three month check-up. The good news is that the eye pressure is stable and has not dramatically changed since mid-May. What does this mean in the short term and long term? Short term-I will have some days when my eyes are really bothering me. (I also have allergic conjunctivitis which can flare up at any time) My computer time is strictly limited now which is why I have not been commenting as before. The challenges will continue thanks to the help of a friend who I know would rather remain nameless but to say I couldn't do this without her would be an understatement.. thank you girl! It also means that sometimes the challenges may be slow in being posted or winners announced. I will continue to do the best I can but there will be days when I will have to take breaks. Long term-I will be monitored very closely. I do not have very much vision to work with as it is so any loss would be tough for me but at the same time my visual acuity is such that a few feet loss with not be very noticeable to me at first. It will likely exaggerate some of the eye conditions I do have already so that I have to adjust to. I just have to be very careful and do the medication religiously. It is extremely expensive and I am struggling to deal with that as well. So that's the story...
I wanted you to know so that if I do not answer an email or get a challenge up it is not personal and no one is being ignored. It just isn't a good day.
So this is what I wanted you all to know.. and also ask that we all remember why we are here.. to share in our love for poetry.. and to write just for the love of it. We have found friends and also developed family units here.. let's continue to do so. And also know that glaucoma will not beat me.. blindness never has so I doubt I will give in to this but it does make me take better accounting...))
hugs to all..
Myrna (Kajuncutie, Myrna D)
Do not speak to me loudly so that I might hear you... speak to me softly so that I might listen.
Writing is my passion. Reading is my escape. Living is my reward.