But today I'm celebrating the fact that Monday morning, early, I'm having combined glaucoma/cataract surgery. In a moment I'll tell you why I'm choosing that to celebrate, even though it his hardly a "small thing." But first: This Celebrate the Small Things blog hop is co-hosted by Lexa Cain at: Lexa Cain, L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge , and Tonja Drecker @ Tidbits Blog. You can go to any of these sites to add your name to the links, if you want to participate. I recommend it, because it's always fun to see positive news that others are celebrating, and to share your own as well.
Okay, why celebrate the surgery? I'm certainly not glad to have glaucoma! But I'm celebrating the fact that they know what to do about it. Fifty years ago--even less--I could have expected to slowly go blind. I have a good surgeon who inspires my confidence, and a wonderful husband who can take care of me while my eye is healing. What that means is he'll be doing major housework, cooking, and gardening. I won't be bed-ridden, but I'm not supposed to bend over, lift anything heavier than 15 pounds, drive, or do any strenuous exercise for 6 to 8 weeks. I also can't fly in planes for about 3 months. Anything that increases pressure in the eyes.
But I can work on the computer, read and write, both online and print, in just a day or two after the surgery. I can also watch television--although I don't really do a lot of that--and take walks, which I love to do.
I do, however, want to take this opportunity to give everyone a heads up about glaucoma. People over 50 are at risk. If someone in your family has it, you are at risk. African Americans and Hispanic people are at risk. AND YOU CAN LIVE IN IGNORANT BLISS, NOT KNOWING YOU HAVE IT, until it does some damage. And while treatment can halt or prevent its further progress, it cannot cure the damage already done. I have already lost some of my peripheral vision--above, not at the sides or below. (So it doesn't affect my driving.)
So, I would like to urge anyone reading this to go have your eyes checked for it. Thoroughly checked. The sooner you discover it, the easier it is to treat, and if the damage isn't done, it can mostly be treated with eyedrops and surgery avoided.
Despite the serious message, I hope you all have a great week-end. Meanwhile, please go next door to read my post on a wonderful festival in Galicia, where we spent our vacation.