The 14 Day Countdown to a New Eye

Peter B. GiblettStarred Page By Peter B. Giblett, 28th Apr 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/7rrfo5rn/
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The past ten months have certainly had their challenges, having been temporarily blind, facing my worst fear, yet moving on. Now I face a cornea transplant inside the next fourteen days and am looking forward to that time with some trepidation.

Blindness and that Fateful day in June

I was so terribly ill yesterday so could not write this down when it needed to be done.

As many of you may already know I suffered a major problem with my eye last year and was totally blind for several days, the last article I wrote before my troubles was "Sharing Recipes on-line a Delightful Idea Frequently poorly executed" it was a series of tips for people who write recipes in order to prepare more powerful articles. Over the next week I was busy on a training course, then it happened, the fateful day when I had itchy eyes all day, followed by continual itching and a trip to the local hospital - it was the start of a terrible set of events that I have written about in the following articles (in the order of when they were published):

When the unexpected happens that we react is normal but it is how we react is vital for our future, even when you are living your greatest fear the will to survive is strong and should lead you through troubled times. Yet even when fighting through every person faces ups and downs in their life, time when it seems you can do nothing and other times when you feel unconquerable. Making more unconquerable moments then depressing ones is a vital step.

New Eye

I am not really having a new eye, although it would be good to think such a thing possible, simply a corneal transplant in my left eye, thanks to the efforts of the specialists at Toronto's Western General Hospital.

I sit here nervous about the operation, but fearful of what will happen if I do not have it. I don't want to know any of the details about what will happen in advance - I don't want anyone telling me about their similar experience because this will not help me get through the operation. Today I want to simply count down the time and arrive at the centre where the operation will be formed as calm as I can be. We have booked the night before in a local hotel - it seems the easiest way to avoid fighting Toronto's monstrous Monday morning traffic ad arrive on time.

Thanks to a Special Lady

There have been times over the past ten months when if it had not been for a very special lady that I am not sure I would have been able to have gotten through it all. She helped hold my hand through those dark and enclosed days, she got us thinking and acting on a new direction in our lives, when it came clear that after everything had healed and had gotten better we could not go back to how things were before - it is somewhat like stripping a room bare in order to regenerate it, once you have removed everything (including the drywall or plaster) there is nowhere else to do but renew and rebuild, create the new - forget the old.

At the centre of this change the most delightful woman I was ever able to meet, her name Afroz Begum Giblett, my wife and later this year we shall be celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary, a phenomenally special milestone. She is the strength that I lean on daily and have done so since we married all those years ago. Some people react badly during the times when you need the most help, but she has been my tower of strength, without which I am not sure I would have been able to have found the strength to go on. As I write these words it is with tears pouring from my left eye - she does not know how much of a tower of strength she has been over these past months.

There are two other special beings that I must thank and they are our cats Mystic and Melody, who I found during my most challenging times to be the most attentive, particularly Mystic who has never been a lap cat, but something in him changed and he sat with me on those sad and lonely days last year, on my lap purring, while I lay in the living room at the worst of times, restless, tired, and sad.

And that is not to forget my son Karim, and his wife Fareen and the efforts they made during those days. Of course there are others that need to be thanked (and it is a pretty large list so I will hope that if you are a part of it then you will understand why I have not added your name).

The Days Ahead

Like the room facing reconstruction, all the problems have been removed, the walls are bare (the plasterboard/drywall has been removed awaiting new material to be installed) the only thing to do at this point is move forwards, build it new clean and a part of your new life. So it is facing the operation on May 11th in Toronto I am now on my countdown till arriving, in truth I am very nervous and that feeling will not go away until the deed is done and I am recovering. As I said before I don't wish to know what will happen during the course of the operation, I will simply find that out as I go.

Tonight I have to have a physical from my doctor, tomorrow morning I have an appointment for a Pentacam test, all necessary pre-cursors for the operation itself.

I am not looking forward to anything that will happen, but I know it is necessary if I am fully able to see again and that has been the challenge for such a large part of my life over the last ten months.

Image Credits

  • Facing your fears
  • Blue Green Eyes - by deviantart.com
  • Afroz by Peter Giblett
  • Bathroom awaiting reconstruction by Peter Giblett

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author avatar Sherri Granato
28th Apr 2015 (#)

It is a terrible fear. My eyesight has declined over the last few years and it scares the hell out of me. Thanks for sharing your personal journey. Congrats on your star page as well.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
29th Apr 2015 (#)

Prior to the incident my eyesight was improving. It has been a pleasure sharing.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
28th Apr 2015 (#)

Our hearts, our hopes, our prayers and our very best wishes are with you Peter as you take this brave journey. All the best to you my friend.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
29th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you Steve.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
28th Apr 2015 (#)

Dear Peter, I'm sending you the very best of wishes from Cleveland. I will include you in my prayers. Blessings to you today and always!

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
29th Apr 2015 (#)

Thanks Nancy.

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author avatar Retired
28th Apr 2015 (#)

I hope you will be alright. I will pray for you also.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
29th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you.

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author avatar Mariah
28th Apr 2015 (#)

I've brushed away a tear or two reading this, what a warm and emotionally touching expression of your devotion to your wife, and her to you, you are both so blessed in your relationship.
As Steve says we are all with you in this brave journey, big hug and all the best from Bonnie Scotland Peter x

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
29th Apr 2015 (#)

Thanks Mariah and I shall be in the old country (England) soon.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
28th Apr 2015 (#)

Peter, I've been thinking about you this afternoon and I've decided to pray for you each and every day until you tell me you are well.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
29th Apr 2015 (#)

I heard it.

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author avatar spirited
29th Apr 2015 (#)

Thanks for this intimate sharing Peter.

Health issues are some of the biggest issues we face in our lives.

They can threaten us all right at our very core, and yet others around us, like your wife, loving/caring for you, can show us that there is far more to us in the end than just our physical self, I feel.

Best wishes for a full recovery Peter.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
29th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you.

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author avatar Trillionaire
29th Apr 2015 (#)

I will be praying for you also.

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author avatar Eve Sherrill York
29th Apr 2015 (#)

Hears hoping all goes well.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
29th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you Eve and Trillionaire

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author avatar snerfu
29th Apr 2015 (#)

I like my cat's ears that keep turning and pointing towards all corners of the room. Your mention of the cats brought back memories. All the best. Await your posts. Speedy recovery.

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author avatar gowritells
29th Apr 2015 (#)

When the going gets tougher,the tougher get going..Mr.Peter,its good to see your page,sharing your experience, giving least importance to your illness.GOOD LUCK sir.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
29th Apr 2015 (#)

Snerfu & Soumya thank you.

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author avatar Ptrikha
30th Apr 2015 (#)

You are up against a big challenge in life. Yet your brave spirit and words inspire me, and makes me feel as if the challenges we face are not as much as what you do, and inspires us too.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
30th Apr 2015 (#)

Ptrikha, sir, I took the decision when this started that the best thing I could do was be open, show everyone the challenges, from the very worst days - seeing it through. The biggest challenge was opening up my life.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
30th Apr 2015 (#)

I am completely in agreement with all above Peter , and I shall be adding my prayers as well , believing all will be well for you throughout the opp and recovery afterwards .
Bless you
Stella ><

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
30th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you Stella.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Apr 2015 (#)

My prayers and best wishes are with you Peter, as you face this trying time. I have faced a couple of end of the world situations too, but that is almost forgotten now!

It is said when the push comes to the shove we are alone but you are indeed blessed that your dear wife is holding your hand without let up when it matters most - half the battle is won already.

Looking forward to your posts and moderation with renewed vigor soon - the best is yet to be! siva

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
30th Apr 2015 (#)

I hope my best is yet to be, thank you Siva.

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author avatar Retired
30th Apr 2015 (#)

Best of luck for your eye surgery...

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
30th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you.

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author avatar Retired
3rd May 2015 (#)

You are going to be fine, my friend. Tell your medical people that LeRain is insisting on it!

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
4th May 2015 (#)

LeRain - there are two ways to look at that - it made ma laugh. Thank you.

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author avatar Jack Goblin
4th May 2015 (#)

Good Luck!

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