On the Recovery Trail(s)

Yes, I’m afraid it is trails plural. I’ll get to that in a moment.

My eye seemed to be recovering faster than expected. The gas bubble was gone by Jan. 11, a month and a half after the operation. By the end of January, I was confident that my vision had stabilized and was as good as it was going to be; that is, very near-sighted as the doctor had warned me (I have  my screen setup ae 3X power).

This past Friday I went back for my scheduled check-up with the hope that the doctor would tell me that I was ready for new prescription glasses. However, when she examined my eye, she saw something she didn’t like. She said that she needed to do some more laser stitching (spot-welding). That took about ten minutes. (BTW, that spot-welding is about as much fun as having a dentist drill out a cavity without using Novocaine.)

Although the doctor assures me this laser stitching was necessary, I can’t tell any difference at all in my vision. She wants to see me again in two weeks. So, I don’t know when I’ll get my Mr. Magoo glasses; but, I can’t wait any longer. I’m going to start blogging again even if it’s only once or twice a week.

Some of you have probably noticed in your blog stats that I have been visiting your sites. Using the Windows virtual magnifying glass, I have indeed been reading your posts. Sometimes it has taken as much as an hour to read a post but to me it has been worth the effort. I must say that you all have done some great work and reading them has helped me keep my sanity, as well as, keeping me up to date on all that has been going on in the world of American politics.

One might wonder if I am able to read with magnifications tools why haven’t been posting anything. The answer has to do with pain and I’m not talking about my eye. Reading through pain is one thing but writing through pain (I tried several times) is something quite different.

What I didn’t share with you all in my original post about losing my sight in my only eye was that there was a mishap in our emergency trip to Caracas on Thanksgiving day to see the retina specialist.

Venezuelan highways in the Eastern part of the country, where I live, are nothing more than a obstical course of pot holes. My son was driving and doing a masterful job of avoiding the pot holes but there was one monster pot hole that he couldn’t avoid. Although I had my seatbelt on, when the car hit the bottom of the pot hole, my head slammed into the hand-hold above the passenger door which drove me back into the seat. Well, I let loose with a few expletives but there didn’t seem to be any real harm. A half hour later we stopped at a gas station for coffee and when I tried to get out of the car I couldn’t. The pain in my lower back was excruciating. Now I am no stranger to lower back pain. Twice I have been operated on for herniated disk. I am accustomed to having bouts of lower back pain that sometimes last two or three weeks. So, there was nothing to do except ignore the pain and focus on solving the problem with my eye.  After the operation on my eye, I was given pills to relieve pain in the eye. Those pills apparently also relieved some of the pain in my back. But once I no longer needed the pills for my eye, the back pain came roaring back.

Being the stubborn old man who I am, I ignored my wife’s pleadings to go have my back checked; saying the pain would eventually go away. Well, a week ag Friday I was sitting here in front of my computer drinking a cup of coffee. When I tried to get up to get a second cup, I couldn’t. My wife and son took me to the emergency room of a near b y clinic where they pumped me full of muscle relaxants and pain killers. The next day I went in for a MRI and a week ago today I took the MRI results to a traumatologist ( I’m not sure what that is in English.) It turns out that there are small fractures i two vertebrae, which are already knitting together, and some radial fractures that extend to the iliac region of my right pelvic bone and that is the source of the pain. Again I am on pain killers, which I don’t like one bit. This afternoon I begin physiotherapy.

Bottom line: this “condenado viejo” is having stretch of bad luck. But this too will pass. As long as the pain is under control (hopefully with the physiotherapy) I intend to start writing again. Hopefully I will be able to post something tomorrow. I am under no illusions that what I write is of any import. I know that my voice is but one of millions. I write this blog for purely selfish reasons. It’s all about you, my dear readers. You all have become a very important part of my life. You are my connection to my beloved America. Here in Venezuela I have no one with whom I can talk to about what is happening back home. I thank God every day for each of you who take the time to read my opinions and comment on them. You all make me feel like I am still a part of America and that is very important to me. So, I’m looking forward to being part of the conversation again. I miss you guys!

Cheers!

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36 thoughts on “On the Recovery Trail(s)

  1. “I am under no illusions that what I write is of any import”

    You sell yourself short, my friend. I’ve learned much here!

    I am glad to hear you are on the road to recovery, even if it is a rocky one.

    Hang in there!

  2. Yes indeed friend, you do cut yourself short, I cannot tell you how this makes my day. I look forward to your posts whenever they may occur, and your comments. I am sending you a link to talk radio– conservative talk, in case you get a bit bored, This list changes every hour

    http://www.talkstreamlive.com/

    Mark levin is one of my favs– he has a live link and down on the right is Audio rewind that you can pick up antime:

    http://www.marklevinshow.com/sectional.asp?id=32930

  3. It is so nice to hear from you Jim, I am so glad that your eye is improving and that you are back somewhat. I am sorry to hear about the problem with you back and will continue to keep you in my prayers for both the eyes and the back, for your family as well as I realize they are probably stressed worrying about you. God bless you my friend, just hearing a word from you has made my day!

  4. Just goes to show you can’t keep a good blogger down for long. Glad to hear you’re progressing, albeit too slowly I’m sure.

    Your physical pain may pale in comparison to the mental anguish you’ll soon feel from the issues in this election season. We need your voice more than ever.

  5. Dear Jim…
    You have no idea how much I (and we) have missed your posts. But more than that, you don’t know how you have provoked us to think harder and look further into political issues that concern us. I think of the conversations here at Conservatives On Fire as a knife (brain) sharpening experience for us all! We’d rather have a little of you than none at all…so selfishly speaking….whatever you do, take care of yourself, rest the eyes and the back, and try to recover. Unselfishly speaking, I just hope and pray that all of your pains disappear fast and you will be feeling better. That is most important of all.

    1. Wow! I don’t know that I can live up to that billing, dear friend. But I’ll continue to speak my mind and hope it is enough to stir some discussion. I’ve had a lot time to think about things the last couple of months so I am ready to do some ranting.

  6. Great to have you back, Jim! So you know, your situation inspired me to finally get off my duff and start recording podcast readings of The Eagle Has Crashed on my blog. The first one went up yesterday, and maybe it’s a chance for you to get into the book without straining your eyes!

    wonderful to have you back, i can’t express it enough.

      1. I’m glad you liked it. As a fellow blogger you can probably appreciate that “trying something new: is a nerve-wracking adventure.

        And most definitely sorry to hear about your back. I’ve got some bones that are too old for a 43-year-old, so your troubles hit home. Stay strong and live well, my friend!

  7. thank you thank you thank you for the update. I’ve been wondering how you are. Sorry to hear about the cropping up of an additional problem. Will keep you in my prayers.

    oh, and LOL: “I am under no illusions that what I write is of any import,” You tapped into the very reason for my cumbersome blog name. ha!

    Linda

    1. Life does throw you some curve balls now and then. The back problems I am sure will take care of themselves over time. The eye is still my major concern. I’ll be glad when I get new glasses and then I won’t have use high magnification screen which makes me have to scroll back and forth in order to read anything.

  8. I’m so glad you are back Jim. You have been in my thoughts and prayers. I’m sorry to hear about your back. Back injuries are the worst. You don’t realize how much you use your back until you hurt it. It makes for a new adventure each time you use the bathroom.

    1. Thanks, John. I t is good to be back. The back will take care of itself (the fractures will close) over time. It is the eye that still concerns me. I was not pleased that, after two months, the doctor felt the need to do some more spot welding with the laser.

  9. Freaking YEA! I’m so glad to have you back, Jim. Even if it’s just part-time. Sorry you’ve gone through so much physical pain. Love your attitude, though. I love that you’re a conservative. You have problems and you say, “I’ll get through it.” A Leftist would look for someone to blame and whimper about needing help.

    1. Hi AOW! I sent you an e-mail the other day because I’m having trouble post comments at your site ( also at Silverfiddle’s site). The word recognition test keeps rejecting me and I have triple checked what I am entering. I don’t know what to do. Is anyone else having this problem?

    1. Thanks, John. The medicine is is pretty well controlling the pain. My doctor assures me that this medicine is not addictive. Well, it may not be chemically addictive nut I still worry that it could beome psychologically addictive. I’m not a fan of any kind of pain pills. But, I also am not a fan of pain.

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