Grandpa Igasho Comes To Visit

I’m afraid I’ve been rather absent from the blogs lately. Since our return from South Africa and England, we’ve driven up from Florida to see our family in New Jersey, calling in on friends in North Carolina for a couple of days. I had a wonderful birthday weekend with our son and family, but unfortunately we had to curtail our trip somewhat, as just before we left, I went to see an eye surgeon, who confirmed that my left eye has now developed a macular hole, just as my right eye did late last year. Today I go in for surgery and am sure it will be just as successful as the op I had done In South Africa. Many years ago, my dear Granny had eye problems and eventually became blind. I’m so grateful that there are such wonderful eye specialists and surgical procedures these days.  Living today, we are so fortunate that medical science has progressed so far.

This morning, Grandpa Igasho appeared outside my bathroom window to wish me good luck.

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I told him that soon I’ll be able to see him with both eyes, and I’m sure he understood perfectly.

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Wishing you all a very happy weekend. I’ll see you on the flip side.

Sunrise, Eyesight and Monkeys

I can only come up with one positive aspect to being woken up at 5 am by people stomping around in the apartment above ours. I rarely see a sunrise, so decided to make the most of the situation by taking a few photos.

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I think sunrises and sunsets over the sea are quite hard to beat.

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My ‘holiday’ by the sea isn’t turning out to be quite as relaxing and carefree as I would have liked. I’ve been experiencing a problem with the vision in my right eye for a few months, and thought it was something simple like a bit of scar tissue after my cataract and lens implant operation three years ago. We have medical insurance here in South Africa, so I went to see my eye surgeon soon after we arrived. It turns out that I have a small macular hole which prevents me from seeing fine detail and reading. Today I am going into hospital for a ‘vitrectomy’ which has a 90% success rate of closing the hole by inserting a bubble of gas in the space behind the retina. It sounds as though I may have to keep my head bent forward for quite a few days, and even sleep face down, which I really can’t contemplate as I usually sleep on my back. Anyway, it is what it is, so I’ll keep thinking positive.

I was rather amused by the welcoming committee which was lined up to greet us when we visited our friends up the hill in Kloof. Looks like we all have our wildlife, wherever we happen to live. I’m really missing my Iggys and Sammy squirrel. I wonder if they’ve even noticed that I’m not around to take their photos.

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Hope you’re all having a good week. I’ll let you know how everything goes.