The eyes have it

Excuse the pun on voting procedures, but I couldn’t think of a better title.

I have mentioned the onset of cataracts before. It has stopped me being able to drive at night, and has also inhibited long periods at the computer, or watching TV. Over the last couple of weeks, the dizzy spells brought on by having vertigo have been compounded by this cloudy vision, to the extent that it has become quite uncomfortable to concentrate for any length of time.

The last visit to the eye clinic brought the news that both eyes will have to be operated on, once the cataracts have hardened enough to allow removal. My right eye has become quite problematical in recent weeks, and it is only the ability to combine it with my better left eye, that allows me to still read and type. I have a feeling that they will operate on this eye later this year. In isolation, it is similar to looking through a net curtain, so I doubt that it will be long before it is considered ready for surgery.

So the point of telling you all this news, is that my posting has been, and will continue to be, erratic at best. I predicted that my blog would suffer along with any physical deterioration, and that appears to have been the case. It is unlikely that I will be able to concentrate long enough to finish long fiction posts, and it remains to be seen whether or not I will be able to take any photographs worth publishing. Despite have the ‘big-key’ black on yellow keyboard for my P.C., trying to look at the posts on the edit screen is becoming tiring and frustrating.

Therefore, if I am not posting that much, please bear with me. I will do my best to continue to follow and comment, but if I seem to have gone on a ‘go-slow’, or disappear for a while, you will know why.

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41 thoughts on “The eyes have it

  1. All the very best with your cataract ops, and of course we, the devoted followers of your blog, will be awaiting your return to more frequent blogging.

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  2. Do take care. My mother is going through the same at the moment and I expect I’ll be coming and going to Spain until they decide when the operations are going to be. Don’t worry about blogging. We’ll be here.

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  3. Best wishes and hope you get sorted out, OK. I’m an erratic poster at the best of times so don’t worry about that. I’ve suffered vertigo too and know how dreadful it can be so wish you all the best

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  4. So sorry to hear this Pete, don’t worry just post when and if you can and we’ll be right here waiting! It must be so frustrating, are you hoping for the operation to happen sooner rather than later? Though it must be a daunting prospect also.

    I “liked” this post which seems a bit odd in retrospect.

    Even if you don’t post as much still come say hello from time to time? I’d really like to hear how you’re doing. And if I can do anything to help you and your blog out, please let me know. Take care xxx

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  5. I also have trouble keeping up with all your posts & perhaps shouldn’t suggest one of those voice recognition typing program things. Although we could see some interesting translations on any colloquialisms. I hope it all gets sorted sooner than later. Again, perhaps a little selfishly, not only do I enjoy your posts but also appreciate your feed back too. Good luck with it all.

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    1. Cheers mate. I have some (older) friends who use those programmes for typing emails, and some of the mistakes are hilarious. I will struggle on for now, and I am always happy to give feedback too.
      Regards,Pete.

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  6. Well at least with the slowdown I’m catching up with your posts!
    Get well soon Pete, I think David summed it up well. We readers are a devoted crowd and will be waiting with grapes, flowers and anticipation for you to return to good health and full flow again.

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  7. Gosh you are going through the wars Pete. I do hope things get sorted sooner rather than later and I wish you all the best. As for the amount of blogging, I wouldn’t worry. We’ll all still be around and catch up with you when you are able to blog / comment. Your health is most important and I hope you will be feeling 100% before too long πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks, Jude. It’s funny how you go from (almost) 100% one minute, then get a couple of things at once. It is quite a shock, and makes you catch yourself about what you have always taken for granted. Naturally, I am more concerned about my sight than the vertigo, although the two tend to combine to confound! x

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  8. Pete, you won’t lose any beetleypete followers by posting fewer articles. I’m pretty sure your audience is a devoted one. Everyone will read what you are able to put out there for our eyes to read, and will await a brighter day when you are able to get back in the groove. I’m sorry you have to go through all this, and wish you the best.

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    1. Thanks, David. At the moment it seems that I have good days and bad days. Sometimes, it is hard to concentrate long enough to write a post.
      Thanks for you kind words. Best wishes, Pete.

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  9. ‘My posting has been, and will continue to be, erratic at best…’

    As someone who hasn’t posted anything since the middle of January, primarily due to illness, this made me smile. To be honest, I hadn’t noticed much change in your posting, which shows how much attention I’ve been paying. Or perhaps it shows that things are not as bad as you fear?

    Whatever, I hope they don’t keep you hanging around too long for the operation(s). This concern is, of course, partly genuine. However, it is also selfish. If it becomes impossible for you to post at all, I will miss you. And that, of course, is what really matters πŸ˜‰

    Any news on the ears?

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    1. Thanks, Ros. The ear sounds are on and off, and the vertigo is only bad at night, when I lie down. The tablets finish tomorrow, so I expect to return to the GP sometime next week, and see what they suggest.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  10. I do hope they remove your cataracts as soon as possible. I had mine done in South Africa a few years ago, and it changed my life so much for the better. I also had lens implants done at the same time, so I don’t need to wear glasses or contact lenses. My MiL lives in England and the NHS doctor gave her the same story about waiting until they’d hardened enough before removing them, so she went ‘private’ and they did it immediately. She’s 102 and had no ill effects.

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    1. Thanks for the concern, and the information too. The local hospital is actually quite efficient, so I shouldn’t need to pay privately. If the doctor agrees, I may go ahead and have at least one eye done sooner than suggested. They also do the implants at the same time, and that may well affect my need for varifocals.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  11. We’re so sorry to read about your cataract problems, dear Pete. It sounds very annoying indeed and we cross over fingers that you soon will have the operations behind you and can start to feel and see much better again. Good luck!
    Best regards from the four of us, and of course a gentle pat for Ollie too, take care.
    Dina Xx

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    1. Thanks to you and KB, Dina, and to Siri and Selma too. I will still be blogging as usual, but I doubt there will be so many posts.
      Love from a snowy Beetley. Pete and Ollie. X

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  12. It just shows how naughty I’ve been focusing and concentrating in the last few years. I’m so used to forcing myself to work through all kinds of pain and exhaustion, I guess that’s how I managed it. Yours definitely sounds like it could be operated on now. By the time they operated on me, it was such a thick net curtain, it would have worked as blackout in WWII.

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      1. Keep me posted. Yesterday the ophthalmologist told me that they’re not taking the stitches out until the end of April. I’m going to get a second opinion because there are various contradictory aspects that have arisen which worry me. Take it easy, Pete.

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