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  •  Thanks everyone (22+ / 0-)

    for the unbelievably happy surprise of the response to this diary.  But it's late, and I'm tired, and Mr. Right Eye says, "Yo, gimme a break!"  :-)

    Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?

    by ActivistGuy on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 12:22:56 AM PST

    •  I feel for you (17+ / 0-)

      I actually almost went blind, when I was 19. I developed corneal ulcers in both eyes, which then became infected with an antibiotic resistant bacteria. I literally woke up one morning and all I saw was white, in the most excruciating pain I have ever experienced before or since. It took 2 days before they could figure out the diagnosis, but it was so rare that there was no protocol for how to treat me. I was told there was a good chance that the vision loss could be permanent because of the extent of damage to my corneas. For 6 weeks straight I had to stay in a room with all the shades drawn, wearing sunglasses, and put drops in my eyes every hour, around the clock...drops that felt like they were literally melting my eyeballs every time. And the worst part was not knowing if it was even going to work, and mentally preparing myself for the possibility that I might never see again. Ultimately the treatments did work, but I still have some pretty extensive scarring on both corneas, and my vision sucks. But I am grateful for the sight I have, and I am so sorry to hear that you are losing yours.

      Maybe this will give you some hope though-I found during those 6 weeks I couldn't see that my senses become so heightened, I experienced life in a completely different way...in some ways it was more enriched. I was focused and very much in the moment. Music sounded better, food tasted better, human touch felt electrifying, and during the times that my eyeballs didn't feel like they were melting there was something very peaceful about it. Although there is no getting around the fact that going blind sucks, that is something you might, in some odd way, be able to look forward to.

      You must work-we must all work-to make a world that is worthy of its children -Pablo Casals Please support TREE Climbers for victims of child sexual abuse and exploitation.

      by SwedishJewfish on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 01:02:59 AM PST

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