Nov 012017

When I wrote in the blog that I had an appointment at the VA medical clinic in Daytona Beach yesterday afternoon. a couple of people sent messages asking if everything was okay. Yes, nothing to worry about, everything’s okay. Or at least as okay as it ever is for a fat 65 year old guy.

This appointment was at the eye clinic. I have large, asymmetrical shaped eyes, and every time I have an eye exam they tell me I have signs that point to possible glaucoma down the road, but are more than likely just caused by the shape of my eyes. But just to be sure, they like to have me come in for regular checkups to keep track of things. And once again, no sign of problems even though the pressure readings are little different than normal. But then again, I never claimed to be normal.

For years I wore Coke bottle lenses in my glasses, but about 13 years ago I began to lose the sight in my left eye due to a cataract. I had that corrected at the VA hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, and a couple of years later they did the other eye at the VA hospital near Sturgis, South Dakota. What a difference that has made my life! Yesterday when they checked my eyes I was 20/20 in my left eye and 20/25 in my right.

As always with the Daytona Beach VA clinic, we were in and out in record time. Then we did a little shopping, had dinner at Golden Corral (I’m saving the Chinese buffet for when we have to go to town next week), and came home. Since they dilated my eyes, and my night vision isn’t great anyhow, Miss Terry was driving. I managed to get a quick picture of the sunset with my smart phone as we crossed Rose Bay on US Highway 1. Not nearly as dramatic as the sunsets out west maybe, but I still thought it was pretty.

We didn’t really expect any trick-or-treaters, and we didn’t get any. That’s okay, more candy for me. Terry and I were talking about Halloween and I was reminded of my son Travis’ first trick-or-treating experience. I stayed home to pass out candy to the neighborhood kids while his mother took him door-to-door. When they got home he came running in the house all excited, poured out his big bag of candy on the couch and said, “Daddy, you don’t have to go to work anymore! We’re rich!”

Today, I plan to get back to work on my new project, Big Lake Snowdaze. As country music singer Jerry Reed said in Eastbound and Down, I’ve got a long way to go and a short time to get there if I want to meet my deadline of having it out by mid-December.

Speaking of books, my friend Jenise Harper just released Whispers in the Wind – Willapa Bay, the fourth book in her RV-based Bird Treks mystery series about a retired couple who are fulltime RVers traveling in a Blue Bird motor coach and getting involved in all sorts of adventures along the way. This book is set in my old stomping grounds along the Washington coast and I’m looking forward to reading it. The second book in her series, Spirit of the Joshua, will be available for free on Amazon for the next three days. Jenise and her hubby Jim are fullltimers and two of the nicest people you will ever meet. Check out her books, they’re great.

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Thought For The Day – Goals that are not written down are just wishes.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  3 Responses to “Vision, What A Concept!”

  1. Nick,
    I seldom leave a reply but I read your blog every day.
    I have been told the same thing about my eyes for years at VA-Albuquerque but this year they could not see me in a 30 day period and they made a appointment for me at Eye Associates of NM. Good thing, the doc asked how long I’ve had Glaucoma and of course I said the VA has been telling me I was borderline for years because I have thick eye balls. The new doc did a test and measure the thickness and used a formula to determine my pressure which was way high. He said I already had optic nerve damage and started me on drops that day.
    Suggestion…spend the price for a regular doctor appointment and go.
    Furthermore I still plan to use the VA in both Albuquerque and Loma Linda, Ca for the rest of my life even though I have BC/BS because I still have great faith in them. Also being treated for “severe” COPD.

  2. Your vision is something that’s too easy to take for granted.

    I’ve had 12+ eye surgeries, since February, 2014. None of the had to do with all the warnings that your Mom always had, “You’re going to poke/shoot your eye out, doing/with that”

  3. Luke now has a three eye drop regime every morning and at bedtime to keep his glaucoma in check. Two eye docs have said it won’t ever get better but the drops will keep them from getting worse. He does eye pressure checks every few months but they are staying at the 10-11 level.
    Wishing you continued great vision.

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