Quite a few years ago now

I had a terribly debilitating illness, the prognosis of which was death at the worst and blindness at the best. Ever the optimist, I plumped in my mind for the blindness, and even practiced walking around the house doing things with my eyes shut.
With the illness when the pressure in the main artery into your brain reaches 70 you go blind, mine was 124, almost double that. I did not go blind and I made the Lancet (British Medical Association paper on unusual illnesses and their outcome)
But, it really made me appreciate everything I saw. The sword of Damaclese was hanging over my head for a long time and I couldn’t read enough or get too many sights into my eyes before they perhaps went. I even decided I could still work, I could do everything I had always done, I did not need to see patients to talk to them, I did not need to ‘see’ a bad back to put it right, I always close my eyes anyway while I feel around the area, and feel it out. I could still diagnose and someone else could fill the prescriptions, I could still LIVE. I could manage without eyes.
With the grace of Big G they didn’t go, and I didn’t have to. I have perfect eyesight., but brother, do I appreciate every single thing I look at. Things that before I took for granted were now beautiful gems to fill my optics with.
I really appreciate everything I see, perhaps I do not see what you see in a picture, because I am looking at it with eyes that can ‘SEE’. I look at your works and I see wonderful things, I try to portray to you what your picture has meant to me., by telling you what it is I love about it. So if I am a bit longwinded with my comments, please forgive me. I really want you to know how beautiful your work is.
Please try something for me. Close your eyes, and see the back of your lids. That is what you see when you are blind. Now open your eyes and really ‘see; what is around you. You will be amazed. Don’t just look. SEE.
And do not ever give up hope, or your faith, it will be rewarded. Put your trust in God, or Big G, my affectionate name for him., let him have it in hand, he is so much better at it than us.
Love and God Bless.

Quite a few years ago now


Co Durham, United Kingdom

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