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January - not a good start to 2017

Monday, January 30, 2017



January has not been my favorite month. I have noticed a lot of vision changes. I am having more difficulty seeing at a distance. I really noticed it this month. Driving to our home state of Ohio, from our home in Florida, I noticed that I cannot see signs on the freeway which made me nervous.



The reason that we had to make the long distance drive north, in the middle of January, was that our brother in law passed away. The only positive is that he was finally rid of the cancer that had consumed his body.

I got the answer from the opthamologist today. I have cataracts. I knew this was probably the case. I am disappointed that he cannot do the surgery yet. According to our insurance, I am "not quite there" and cannot get the surgery yet. I am disappointed. I want to have the surgery and restore my vision. The next appointment with him is scheduled for six months out. I hope that things do not get worse before that date.

The last issue of the month. We had a flat tire this morning. We had hoped that it could possibly be patched. This is an inexpensive and effective fix. It did not happen. The hole in the tire was not at an area that could be fixed. A replacement tire had to be purchased.

An expensive month with the sudden trip, the new tire and possible some uncovered medical expenses for all of the testing done with the doctor.

A positive, we are fortunate that we are able to pay for all of this. Of course, not really something we want to do.

Onto February, hoping for a better month.


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  • BUSYGRANNY5
    I love this one!!!
    611 days ago
  • FRANCES-AGAPE
    SORRY about your BiL emoticon emoticon

    AND your eyes. Jack and I have both had cateracts done. One of his wasn't โ€œripeโ€ and he had to wait almost 4 years for insurance to give the go-ahead. I was only 49 when I had my first one. Yes, I noticed it first while driving too (but waited 6 months before telling Jack and going to the doctor)
    At least it is not that TERRIBLE macular degeneration !

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    Ah, yes, AND the tire. Isn't that old superstition that bad things come in 3s?

    I bet you ARE looking forward to March ! At least February is short and half over emoticon

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    Sending up prayers !

    PLEASE let us know when you are due for the eye surgery so we can say EXTRA ones for you

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    LOVE, PEACE and BLESSINGS !

    640 days ago
  • KALIGIRL
    Here's to a better February!
    653 days ago
  • COMPUCATHY
    Life is full of trials and tribulations, that's for sure. Glad you see the good in that you have the ability to pay for the expenses. Hoping February will be a less-trying month for you! Blessings! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon
    654 days ago
  • CIERAPOET
    Praying for God's PEACE to REST and ABIDE in your hearts. Let GO and LET God. He's THERE with YOU! His LOVE will NEVER fail you. Personally I'm having severe vision issues. BUT I've decided to PRESS forward into my dreams. That's why I write that poem every week. I also have a book series that are in edit form that I work on. Sometimes my eyes hurt so bad but I'm laughing too because of the words I've written. Persevering no matter what. GOD is GOOD to US! We have ALREADY overcome!
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    654 days ago
  • WALLAHALLA
    My mom has cataracts. She can't have the surgery to get them fixed until the surgeon clears her and declares her cancer free.
    654 days ago
  • SHERRY666
    SO SORRY ABOUT YOUR LOSS LINDA.......... JANUARY ALWAYS SEEMS TO BE A HARD MONTH WITH CHRISTMAS JUST BEHIND US AND SPENDING MONEY WE HAVE TOUGH TIMES PAYING FOR THINGS... A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE STRESSED OUT...JANUARY IS OVER....... LOOK FORWARD TO A MUCH MORE HAPPY AND PEACEFUL FEBRUARY........ IT CAN ONLY GET BETTER.
    654 days ago
  • PAULAGRIFFITH75
    Lovely Linda, I am so sorry about the loss of your brother in law. I hope February is a much better month for you both. I LOVE your quote: Life is 10% of what happens to us and 90% how we react to it. That is so true, and for me, especially true. I have not reacted well to some of the things that have happened to me...and I am an emotional eater. I'm better about that now and writing/journaling helps me to work out some of those emotions before I hit the fridge. Sending you and your family prayers and good thoughts. God bless.... emoticon emoticon
    654 days ago
  • _LINDA
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    Sorry to hear of your struggles :-(( Deepest sympathies for the loss of your brother-in-law, but yes, relief from the suffering or cancer..
    Eye problems are the worst. In our publicly funded system it is the same, you have to be at a certain stage. But when you do get them out, what a world of difference. My stepdad could ditch his heavy glasses for reading lenses and he saw things so much clearer. Sadly he has some kind of growth blocking his vision now that no one can figure out what it is :-(( The standard allowed tests revealed nothing useful.
    I feel for you Americans, how much you pay for your Health Care and wrangle with your Insurance companies. I would be homeless in short order with my medical issues there.
    Wishing you a more fabulous February!

    654 days ago
  • WILLOW49
    Sorry to hear Jan. want a good month for you. Me either. Let's hope February is a good month for bot of us!
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  • DAWNSUCCESS
    This does sound like a difficult month. I am thinking of you. Let's move on to February and better times!
    654 days ago
  • LIS193
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  • 4ROSEMARY
    Linda, I have to agree with you...January was a bad month for me too. I'm sorry it was bad for you.
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    I think February has to get better, right? I sure hope so! I know it's hard to look on the bright side, but we do our best. You are right, at least now your BIL is out of pain. And there is a treatment for your cataracts. It's too bad they can't offer you the treatment yet, of course, but it will be there for the future. I guess it gives you time to save up for the future medical bills. I wish you the best with dealing with the vision issues. And I'm glad the tire is fixed, at least. Hang in there! Your friends are here to support you however we can!
    Do something nice for yourself today.
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    654 days ago
  • SDEHNKE
    Hoping February is a better month for you.

    Suellen
    654 days ago
  • GODS-PRINCESS
    emoticon so sorry January has been a hard month! I hope February is better for you!
    655 days ago
  • NEVERORNOW
    I love that "sometimes you win" quote, that's one I need to remember. Sorry to hear all the challenges you've faced this month, and praying February will be much better. That's a shame the insurance won't pay for the cataract surgery yet, especially when you are noticing such a change in vision. emoticon emoticon
    655 days ago
  • VEGGIEPAT
    I am so sorry for your loss, Linda. I am praying for you my friend. You are in my heart! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    655 days ago
  • FOUNTOFBLESSING
    Sorry for your loss! Not sure what "not quite there" means, but usually means further vision is impared. A cousin is getting hers removed since hers developed a square blind spot in her vision. Pray yours gets sooner than that
    655 days ago
  • PURPLE0906
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. He is out of pain and in a better place now. Good luck with the cataracts and please do be careful. Praying things will get better.


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    655 days ago
  • AUNA_VISTA
    I'm sorry the month wasn't so great. emoticon
    655 days ago
  • JESSCOLLINS71
    emoticon I hope February will become a better month for you. I don't understand why insurance companies make you wait for procedures you need now.
    655 days ago
  • RKOTTEK
    at least its cataracts and not glaucoma
    if you get to the stage of having new lenses fitted your eyesight will be brandnew and perfect
    cheers
    655 days ago
  • no profile photo HOTPINKCAMARO49
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing.
    655 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    DONE GIRLS ROCK
    655 days ago
  • REDROBIN47
    Here's hoping for a better February. It does seem like things pile up sometime. Good luck with the cataracts. I had mine removed a couple of years ago and couldn't believe the change in my vision. I don't even need glasses now except for reading. I had to give up night driving before I had mine done as I couldn't see the road after dark. Be careful until you can get yours taken care of.
    655 days ago
  • LOSEDAPOUNDS
    Those quotes are spot on! May this month be better than last!
    655 days ago
  • RETIREESMITH
    yes, hoping you have all the speed bumps out of the way and you have smooth sailing from now on.
    655 days ago
  • BLUEJAY1969
    Lots of pressure for the month for you! I will pray that February treats you more genly!
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    655 days ago
  • C557788
    January was blue for you. Here is wishing you a fabulous february ๐Ÿ’•
    655 days ago
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