"I can see clearly now, the rain is gone.
I can see all obstacles in my way.
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind.
It's going to be a bright, bright, sunshiney day."
"I Can See Clearly Now", Jimmy Cliff
This morning brought me to my eye doctor's office. More than an eye doctor, she's really a glaucoma specialist that I've been working with for several years. Though I am only in my early 40's, I have a lot of #oldpeopleproblems. Yesterday's #oldpeopleproblems took me to my audiologist for a hearing aid cleaning and check-up. Not only do I have early hearing loss (and fairly profound loss in my left ear), I have glaucoma which you normally see in much older people. I was diagnosed with it in my early 20's and so I've been managing it for over 20 years.
The last few years saw my eye pressure numbers increasing while I went on several different drops. My doctor determined that I would be a good candidate for surgery to try to create a drain in my eyes to relieve the pressure. I had my left eye done in the fall of 2019 and last summer, my right eye had the surgery. The good news is both eyes are doing really well- I'm off one of my drops and the pressure is significantly lower than before surgery. My doctor is pleased and so that was a piece of good news today.
Today also brought milder weather with spring in the air. It was the first day of masks being optional and teaching without a mask felt wonderful and also strange. My mom and children and I went to church for Ash Wednesday services. The church was packed, which was another sign of life coming back (maybe?). The deacon spoke about the meaning of Lent and ways we can make it a meaningful season. It felt right and good to be there today.
Today had good news, sunshine and hope in the air.
Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski