There are no guarantees in life.
You can make lots of plans for the future. Sometimes the plans need to be postponed or cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances such as health, finances, relationships, work etc.
Three years ago an optician told me that I had an early stage Cataract in my right eye. I wasn’t surprised because my mother had surgery for cataracts. The optician at the time said we will monitor it.
March 2018 I had moved to another location and had to see a new optician . He agreed that there was early evidence of a cataract developing and told there was nothing to worry about. I came away without being told to have it reviewed in 6 months and in actual fact there follow-up was offered or recommended.
During the last 6-8 months I have been experiencing blurriness in the peripheral of both eyes. I have been cleaning my specs several times a day thinking that the blurriness might be because of dirty specs. I have also been having issues with reading, watching TV and driving.
A couple of weeks ago I was meeting a friend for lunch. As my friend was walking towards me her form was a definite blur, I was shocked. We chatted about it and decided I should get it checked out asap.
Last week I saw a new optician. We discussed my eyesight issues. I was given a comprehensive eye test, it was confirmed that both eyes have cataracts and need to be treated as soon as possible. The optician has referred me to an eye specialist.
Unfortunately I am not in a private health fund and will need to be on public hospital waiting list. Meanwhile I need to accept that this happened and change some of my activities and plans.
Even though the optician said I could still drive for a few more months I don’t feel comfortable so I will use public transport.
Because I have had problems with reading and focussing I decided to pull out of the Concordia Choir for now. The good thing is I can join again next year.
I will continue with my art class for now. I can now start to understand what life is like for people who are blind. I am not presenting myself as ‘poor me’ I will continue to enjoy my life and have a positive attitude.
Enjoy life to the fullest and be thankful.