Wednesday, February 25, 2015

One Eyed Willy and other tales

Good Afternoon Everyone,

I thought I'd better pop in.   I tried to promise to post, but as Murphy's Law dominates my life,
On  January 29th, I had emergency eye surgery in Hastings Nebraska, about two and a half hours from my home town,  There are few eye surgeons in our state, only about four, and that's if you do not want to drive 5 hours to the urban areas and spend hundreds of dollars on hotel rooms and food,
Hastings supports a wonderful eye specialist for retina tears, which I had, in fact, I had four tears, with one tearing around my optic nerve and a high risk of being blind.  Dr Welch, a well respected eye surgeon, fixed my eye and I was back January 30th, and recovered at home.  
I have limited vision in my left eye, it will be months before it heals, and about a year to see if I can get some of my vision back.  So, time is the denominator in this issue.
Because of limited vision, D went out yesterday and bought me a new laptop with text that I can read better.  I have been working on getting the laptop configured with working with one eye.  My right eye is now a very dominate eye and is taking up for the slacker left eye.
All of this came down at the same time I was finishing up packing up my parents home, moving things, then Dad going in the hospital with the flu.  Too much stress and being older and very, very severely near sighted, the retina let go.  I did, however while this was going on, sold my parents home and got that very big issue out of my way. I do not have to worry about mowing, and care of two homes. I have not told my parents I sold it.  They are doing very poorly, not eating and degrading slowly, I do not need to tell them anything to upset them even more.
So, I am healing at home.  No driving at all.  I go in March 16th, for my checkup, there Dr will determine if I can drive limited.  D needs surgery on his leg, but this was postponed when I had this little mishap. So we will just see and pray.
Well, my eye is getting tired, and I have a sniffle, what else is new.  Kitties are fine, doggies are fine, and I just take it one day at a time. I am trying to keep tabs on all of you through the blogs.

Hugs to All


  1. Dearest Vicki ~ Bless your heart! One thing after another you have been having to cope with. I hope and pray your eye heals nicely so that you will have vision in that eye.

    Thank you for letting us know how you are doing. Glad you've sold your folks home, as that is a burden lifted from your shoulders.

    Love, hugs and prayers for you and D, your folks too and your critters.


    1. My dearest FL. You have been a rock, thats all I can say.
      I hope you are healing and doing well. Each day is a new day, thats all I can deal with.
      I hope you are warming up there. You were getting some of our cold weather, but it has not been really "cold" like it gets usually here.
      I love your flowers, and your cottage, it is so soothing to me. Like a tonic.
      Hugs to you, my friend.

  2. Ick! As if you needed one more stresser in your life, but you did get your parents' home sold, and I'm sure that's a giant load off your plate. Hope your eye does wonderfully, and D comes through his surgery with flying colors. Will be thinking about you prayerfully. Take care. Cuddle furry critters and catch your breath.

    1. Thank you for your thoughts WOL, it means the world to me.
      I have felt so isolated, with caregiving, that I have lost sense of time. It has been over three years with my parents. WOW.
      I have been keeping up with you and all the bloggers as I could, then I got a bug in my old desktop and lot track of everyone. When D got this new laptop, with the ability to have better text reading, I can see and I love the ability to sit at the kitchen table and read blogs and catch up with everyone, and drink my coffee.
      Everything is fine, at the moment. I am so sorry for your loss of your Dad, I hope you and your mother are healing.


  3. Vicki, so sorry to hear that yet another health problem has visited you. I have known two other friends that have had the same issue as you. My neighbor just down the street has had three laser surgeries on the same eye to get it to stop bleeding. You have definitely had your share of bad things to deal with over the last couple years. My prayers for you is for physical, emotion, mental, and spiritual strength during this time of health issues. As Spring creeps ever closer, being able to drive would be nice, don't you think?

    Have the best day that you can.

    1. Thank you, David for your wishes and just being there as a blogging friend. It means so much from all of you.
      Like Max mentioned, each morning, you have no idea what kind of day you will have. One foot in front of the other..
      I am looking forward to spring, and hopefully back driving soon. I am looking at gardening catalogs, that will put a cramp in my eyes!
      Take care. David

  4. A great friend of mine, she once told me, "when I was running the north pole and I felt like giving up, it's was always just put one foot in front of the other.'
    She was 50 years old, and the only female to ever finish the 400 mile run. She even fell off the 'road' and into ice water.

    One foot in front of the other, one day at a time. When we wake up, we have no idea what the day will bring for the most part. We just have to be happy that we woke up.

    I'm sorry your parents health is failing, but I'm happy to hear you have taken care of your eye. If you didn't you would have to change your blog name.


    Best wishes from Colorado!

    1. Ha, Ha, LOL Max, never even seen that coming. LOL You made my morning.
      Yes, Max, it is one foot in front of the other. And looking back, I have placed my feet many times.
      I have tried to keep up with your blog, I read your MIL was ill. I am with you and your family in this stage as I have lived it.put My parents are in the latter stages of life, and it has to be excepted and you just have to put your big kid pants on.
      Thanks for the laugh Max.

  5. So glad to see you posting again. I've had retinal surgery also, after cataract surgery. Need it on the left eye also. It was done December 3 and now the vision in the right eye is better than what I have in the left, which was the other way around before. The down side is that now the cataract in my left eye is very noticeable to me.

    You have had a really tough time for such a long time but I see you making progress. When I first started reading your blog, you were in that awful trailer park and I don't think you and D were together at the time. Now, you have your home and you and D seem to be making it pretty well as a team, taking care of each other and going through these tough times together. That's the blessing of being married, as one gets older and more mature.

    I believe in persistence, in doing just a little bit each day, no matter how little, and in being grateful. I know you believe in that too. Things are getting better.

    Do you listen to country music? There's a song, "If you're going thru hell, keep on going, don't slow down, if you're scared don't show it, you might get out before the devil even knows you're there....(do a search on you-tube, it's sung by Rodney Atkins)

    This is going to be a better year, I just know it. Hugs, Ilene

  6. Hi. I hopped to you from Flower Lady, but have been here before, I am so glad the eye surgery was done so quickly, take care as you heal, and a laptop with better screen views, that is such a help. I hope you manage each day as it dawns, slowly, Many hugs from NZ.

    1. Thank you Nancy, I am so glad you popped in from your beautiful country of NZ.
      I am doing better, and it is warming up here now, where I think you are going to start cooling down to your fall/winter.
      Thank you again for your hugs.

  7. Sorry Denim, you made this post when I was staying with my friend Tricia, and I managed to miss it. Sorry to hear you had to have surgery on your eye, but it sounds like a positive thing and I hope you are now well on the mend again. You must be so relieved to have sold your parents' home and as you so rightly say, what they don't know can't hurt them. They are in the best place for their final time on this earth, and I am SO glad that D is back with you again.

    Spring is here now, just a teensy nod in our direction, but soon will burst out and cheer our spirits. (((HUGS))) to you.

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