Thursday, May 04, 2006

the drama never ends

This morning I had my first general check-up with my opthamologist in about one year. The bottom line is that although I don't have glaucoma yet, the conditions for it to arise are there. I remember being warned about this during my annual appointment last year, but the situation seems to more alarming now than before. Consequently, she wants to see me more regularly: every four to six months.

I was a little depressed on my way back home from the opthamologist's office. It feels like the drama never ends. Just as I'm trying to deal with my cancer recovery, I'm told, "Oh and by the way, you may loose your vision at some point." Oh, great. More wonderful news. Again, I don't have glaucoma yet but just knowing that I could have another health issue is so disheartening but that's life. To those who say that God does things for a reason or He never puts more on you than you can bear, I think these responses are cop-outs. To me, these explanations of the Divine just don't make any sense.

Glaucoma is a disease of the eyes that can lead to blindness. Some of its risk factors are: near-sightedness, African-American background, family history of glaucoma.

4 Comments:

Comment Anonymous Sarah said...

So sorry to hear about this, Duane. My family has a history of glaucoma, too, and they check me out every 6mo. I'm overdue. My mom's very borderline for it right now. It's a scary thing. I hope nothing comes of it for you.

7:54 PM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

Hey there Sarah. Sorry to learn that your family has a history of it too. It sucks, heh? Thankfully, I'm fine now but let's just hope it doesn't worsen. And get those eyes checked! :)

11:44 PM  
Comment Blogger NOTR said...

My grandmother awakened one day blind. My mother, after my insistence finally went to the eye doc and discovered she too had it. I get checked every six months now. My family history can't be changed. But when it begins, it can be controlled. A lot of diseases cannot be. That gives me some comfort, and keeps me going back twice a year.

Hang in there. Don't slack off when they find no changes ... the secret is to catch it as it begins.

1:20 AM  
Comment Anonymous Anonymous said...

"To those who say that God does things for a reason or He never puts more on you than you can bear, I think these responses are cop-outs. To me, these explanations of the Divine just don't make any sense."

I completely agree with you on the above and really don't like it when people say those statements to me either.It makes me go nuts even though I know they mean well.
Arggggggg,
EFG

1:00 PM  

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