Last night, my wife and I went out for a night on the town where there was a trip to a local hospital for an MRI of my brain. This was my third visit inside the tiny tube where my head was imaged to see if a menginoma tumor had grown.
It's all part of a journey with my vision and my eyes that started with cataracts and then glaucoma. Most recently, my eye examinations have shown that the glaucoma has progressed with my optic nerve getting thinner and a lessening of my peripheral vision.
A highlight of this whole experience has been the times when the lens implant in my right eye would fall down and then have to be repositioned. This happened four times and each time I had to have surgery to place it back in the right spot. Along the way, I got a detached retina which had to be reattached on an emergency basis.
I've been to many different eye doctors who have their own specialties and I have gotten to know the people at the practice that manages my situation.
Now my situation appears to be going in a negative, sight threatening direction. And I know that I have to be actively involved in its treatment.
I see two areas of personal concentration, one is my attitude where instead of freaking out about possibly losing vision, I gain strength in my faith that God is in control of all of this. My attitude will be paramount.
And the second is that I have the intellectual firepower to understand this, ask the right questions and make the right decisions.
It's also important to note that my wife is with me on the front lines dealing with this and my kids and their families are an invaluable support group.
I will be back with more.