Sunday, November 29

I may lie low for a while

I don't usually post about personal problems but this post is an exception. 

For the next few weeks you may notice that online presence fluctuates quite a lot. I may post less regularly - maybe not at all - on my own blog and not be able to comment on the blogs that I visit.

Something that you don't know about me is that I have very poor eyesight. I am exceptionally shortsighted. Without  glasses or contact lenses my world looks like this.

I was prescribed glasses at primary school after somehow managing to cheat my way through early eye tests for several years. I hid my poor eyesight well and developed effective strategies for concealing the problem. I just did not want to wear glasses.

Then in my late teens I started to wear contact lenses which I have used since and which gave me natural vision.

Recently after a while the lenses have been uncomfortable as my eyes have become dry meaning that I can't wear my lenses 'full time' 

The glasses that I have as back-up are very thick lenses and really don't give a very good vision as well as being very heavy to wear. 
I explored possible alternatives and am now being assessed for possible corrective surgery. 

As a first step I have to wear glasses full time so they can diagnose an accurate prescription. This means that I have some difficulty reading and using the computer.

I don't know how long it will take to make the decision about whether surgery will go ahead and in the event that it does, how long it will be before I am allowed back at the computer. I am trying to schedule one or two posts just to keep you interested so you don't dessert me.

If I suddenly go quiet you will know why and I hope you will hang about until normal blogging is resumed.


26 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear this Sue, and you will be missed, but putting you first is more important. My eyes are bad enough, and I must wear glasses to see, but they are nothing as bad as yours, although my glasses are nearly like those. I hope you get your decisions made soon and can return to this virtual corner of the world soon! xoxo

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  2. Of course we won't dessert you. Your health must come first. Good luck with the glasses, I hope you come to a decision which is right for you soon. Sending lots of love. xx

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  3. No, we won't dessert you! Hope you get sorted soon and all goes well! Thanks for the advance notice, so we weren't worrying unduly xx

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  4. Sorry to hear you're having eye problems Sue. My eyesight is the same as yours, I've had glasses since the age of 5 and I currently have contact lenses. I do hope it's all sorted satisfactorily for you, and before too long as well. Best wishes, CJ xx

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  5. Hope you get sorted soon. Keep us up to date with your progress.

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  6. Hope you get sorted soon. Keep us up to date with your progress.

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  7. I hope they are able to give you a solid diagnosis and then allow you to have that corrective surgery. A dear friend had this surgery done and she is so happy with the results. Wishing you well!

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  8. Oh my, I'm so sorry to hear here about your vision, Sue. I've known several people that have had successful corrective surgery - it's truly amazing the advances that have been made in the past 10 years or so. Wishing you the best of luck in the coming weeks & fingers crossed that the end result is a positive one. And there is no possibility of desertion from my end :)

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  9. Sue, I wear lense and glasses too! I have heard that laser eye treatment can make corrective to the vision. It's expensive here for me. So I end up wearing lenses ! hahahha....

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  10. Good luck if you get the surgery. I know people who have had it and it has been successful. I will miss your posts, but you need to do what you need to do.

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  11. I'm sorry to here you're suffering from vision problems Sue. I know how disruptive this can be. I truly hope you can up with the solution to suit you & of course we will hang around until you come back. Take care xx

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  12. Oh ! Poor thing you ! : ( Be brave ... and then look forward to Christmas and the next growing season just around the corner : ) x

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  13. I don't suppose you will get any deserters Sue.
    You have such a fantastic archive of posts. I suggest anyone alighting on your site and not finding a new post just click on one of the archived posts.
    Most are as fresh and helpful as when they were written
    xx

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  14. Hoping they can correct your eyesight very soon Sue. We will all be waiting to hear good news from you soon. Take care now. Marion x

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  15. Sorry to hear about your problems with your eyesight! I hope everything will be fine !!
    Have a nice new week !

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  16. Oh Sue, so sorry to hear of your eye problems, how frustrating for you!!! I hope it all gets resolved and you end up with 20/20 vision. You do make me laugh....as if anyone would desert you, and if they did it be be good riddance!!! You look after you Mrs!!!xxx

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  17. Good luck with the surgery Sue, if it goes ahead. Will be thinking of you.

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  18. Hope everything is resolved for you as soon as possible. Will keep popping back to check progress.

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  19. Oh how we take our eyesight for granted - sorry to hear you are having problems - hope everything goes well for you Sue.

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  20. I'm sorry to hear about that. I hope your eyes become better. Yes, I get problem with my eyes too, it really makes me uncomfortable.

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    1. Thank you for your really supportive comments they are much appreciated. Sorry not to respond individually. I am having to rely on speech recognition at the moment so some rather strange to typos may get through.

      The problem is that having worn contact lenses for so many years they change the shape of your eye and so I have had to wear glasses so that the eye shape can revert to its normal shape. This means that the glasses that I am wearing become less and less suitable for me as the prescription of my eyes changes. It is for this reason that I have had to wear glasses for so long so that my prescription could be stabilised.

      At my last appointment the ophthalmologist was satisfied that my eyesight had settled down and I could proceed to the next stage. This means a visit to a specialist clinic in Manchester on Friday where my eyes will be scanned, assessed for general health and various measurements taken.

      At this point where things might actually come to an end if they decide I am not suitable for the treatment or something he treatment would be unsafe.

      Many you have mentioned Laser surgery but unfortunately this option isn't open to me as I am too shortsighted. The surgery if it happens will be to replace my natural lenses with artificial ones. Fingers still crossed.

      At the moment Martyn has drawn the short straw as he is my reader, my chauffeur and my guide dog.

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  21. Hi Sue, I'm very sorry to read of your problems and wish you well in resolving your eyesight problems. Hopefully all will work out for the best and you can have the surgery that will make such a difference. I shall look forward to seeing more posts from you when you feel able. Take care. Caro xx

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  22. Fingers crossed for your appointment on Friday, Sue. I hope that you receive the news you need and that you will be posting again very very soon.

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  23. Oh Sue I'm so sorry to read about the difficulties facing you at the moment. It must be both frustrating and scary. Will be thinking of you and hope that your appointment on Friday has positive outcomes. Silence between friends is comfortable especially now we know why you might be quiet. We will still all be here :) Take care xxx

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  24. Hi there, I am sure none of your readers will desert you, even if we all have to withdraw for a while to attend to personal/family things! I had major eye surgery two years ago and although I was scared all the medics were wonderful. As other contributors have mentioned eye surgery has increased by leaps and bounds over the last ten years and is now absolutely stunning and remarkable. In my case I could not lean over for some months which put paid to many hobbies and especially gardening but even if you have to do something similar at least it is the fallow season. Good luck, I am sure all will go well, and it will be transformative if they decide to go ahead. We'll look forward to hearing all about it when you come back:)

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  25. Hope all goes very well for you, good luck.

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