For the second time in my life, I am extremely thankful that I can see with my left eye. Twenty years ago, while mowing the grass without safety glasses, a tiny sliver of metal shot through my eye and lodged in the edge of the retina in my left eye. I was living near Washington D.C. at the time and had access to some of the best eye surgeons in the world who skillfully removed the sliver and reattached my retina with lasers. My eyes have been in great shape for the past twenty years, but all of a sudden I started to have a vision problem in my left eye.
I am thankful that science and medicine have advanced so far that they were able to repair my eye so that I could continue to see. They discovered at tear in my eye and my retina detaching. They were able to repair these by injecting air bubbles into my eyeball.
I am thankful that living in the Boston area, I have access to some of the best hospitals and doctors in the world.
I am thankful that I have wonderful healthcare that covers these sight saving procedures. I have only had to pay my copay for each visit and for parking. I do not know how much this would have cost if I didn’t have really good insurance, but I imagine that it would be many thousands of dollars.
I am thankful that I have a great job with caring people, such that when I had to cancel meetings and leave work early to get medical attention the only concern was about my health.
I am thankful that my mom happened to be in town and already babysitting the night of the procedure so I didn’t have to worry about one more thing.
I am thankful that I have an extremely supportive community who was ready to support me and my family as we get through this medical event.
I am thankful for my kids, who have been very careful not to whack me with a sword or jump on me. I also appreciate that they understand that I cannot pick them up or lay down to snuggle with them for a few more days.
And I am especially thankful for my wonderful wife, with whom I was supposed to be out celebrating our 10th anniversary, but instead we spent yet another anniversary in the hospital or doctor’s office. She was there for me every step of the way, to hold my hand, take pictures of me and post on facebook.
While I am recovering, I will be taking things easy, doctors orders, so will not be blogging quite as much, but thankfully I have my vision and blogging doesn’t often require lifting weights over 5 pounds.
Update – My eye is officially better. I have been cleared to resume normal activities. For this, I am extremely relieved and thankful!
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