As the long weekend is winding down I realize I have not stayed in touch this month. When I checked my last blog post I could hardly believe that it was posted on May 2nd… a full three weeks ago and just prior to an unpredictable change. Since then the wild crocuses have long faded and the trees are filling in with lovely green leaves.
However, the past three weeks have been a bit of a roller coaster for me… My eyesight has been compromised and I am not very hopeful that there will be an improvement in the future. During the evening of May 1st, I suddenly experienced some strange shapes in my right eye which I attributed to being tired. They had not disappeared the next day and as that day progressed I realized that something was not quite right.
I had an appointment with the ophthalmologist on May 3rd and was immediately diagnosed with one or more retinal tears, hence the big black marks that kept morphing into all sorts of fantastical shapes and animals inspired by fables from my childhood long ago. Friday, May 4th I received a call from the eye surgeon’s office early in the day to inform me that an appointment for laser surgery was scheduled for the early afternoon in Regina. I was hopeful and impressed by the quick response…
What I was not prepared for was the uncertainty and vague info regarding recovery. To be honest, the past 17 days have been a struggle. Strong migraines lasting for days induced by the sensitivity to light (I changed my diet three months ago to cut out all sugar and grains and have not experienced migraines once my body had adjusted) and the continued presence of “floaters” in my right eye. I have had a hard time going outside to enjoy the glorious weather that has finally arrived. I know, I know… I am whining…
Facing these changes, which appear to be permanent (and the surgeon could not provide insights whether I would reach a full recovery) I am facing reality one small step at a time each day. After much contemplation and keeping my future prospects for impaired vision in mind, I am considering selling off my almost new Bernina 820 sewing machine. It was purchased in June 2015 and to date, I have created two quilts on it, one of which won Best of Country at the World Quilt & Textile Show in New England. The machine is in excellent working condition and comes with many accessories (but not the embroidery unit). If you are interested in starting a conversation about the price, please contact me with a private email.
Colin and I are getting ready for a camping trip to Alberta and into BC starting this coming Sunday, May 27. We will be keeping to the TransCanada Highway going west and returning about 8 – 10 days later via Crowsnest Pass. If you live close to that route and want free delivery of a nearly new Bernina 820, let’s start our conversation soon!