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posted by [personal profile] curiouswombat at 10:10pm on 18/10/2012 under ,
Hmm - well life, anyway.

The good -
  • work has been busy, but in a good way. I've been teaching and it tires me out - I have nothing but admiration for those of you who do it full-time.
  • S2C and I went out for a very good dinner last night - and then met D-d to go to see comedian Milton Jones.  The tickets were her birthday present to her Dad - and were an excellent gift as we all enjoyed him very much.  Although there was a woman behind us who could have got employment as a one-person laughter track for TV sitcoms...
  • I have been busy wrapping shoe-boxes to send Christmas gifts to the children of the Chernobyl area, where life is still blighted by the events of 26th April 1986 - no, not our wedding, the other events of that day!
The bad -
  • Those of you who are friends of S2C will know that he went to the opticians for his routine check-up yesterday, knowing his sight was getting worse, and that he would doubtless need new glasses, only to be told that the deterioration in his right eye was so great since last time that the optician is very worried about it and wants to do more tests.  As S2C's eyesight has always been very poor (both D-d and I are used to cries for help if he puts his glasses down somewhere and then they fall, or he moves a little - without them he cannot see anything), then deterioration that worries our optician worries us too.
  • The weather this summer has been so bad that the turnip harvest has failed at the 'folk village' of Cregneash - children who would usual attend the fun-days making traditional turnip lanterns for 31st October (hop-tu-naa to us), are being told to bring their own turnip if they can find one... or any other large root vegetable they might be able to hollow out!  Can you imagine a spooky lantern made out of a carrot?
  • I almost didn't get home from work tonight as so many of the roads between Douglas and Peel were flooded - and I'd got stuck on the Peel side of the floods.  But I did - so perhaps this belongs in 'Good'!
The ugly -
  • The guy who was the support act last night.  Well not so much down right ugly, as really not very good.  Really, really, not very good.  He was called Hal Cruttenden - avoid him if you can, I think.
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posted by [identity profile] at 09:25pm on 18/10/2012
That is worrisome about S2C's eyes... let's hope it's just the odd sudden deterioration and nothing more serious.

I can't say that I've ever heard of Hal Cruttenden but I'll try to avoid him if I see him on TV. I'm glad the main comedian was good.

posted by [identity profile] at 09:34pm on 18/10/2012
He has to go back and have drops put in and so on - at the moment the optician says he is just borderline for driving. Fortunately he doesn't drive much.

And yes - hopefully Hal Cruttenden will never get as far as you - but if he does, avoid him!
posted by [identity profile] at 09:41pm on 18/10/2012
Eye problems are scary. I hope it's all ok.

Turnip lanterns...I'd love to see those. Carrots are too skinny! Would large potatoes do?

It sounds like you're getting massive rains!
posted by [identity profile] at 09:51pm on 18/10/2012
We are hoping the decision will either be that it is just age-related deterioration - although it is to be hoped it gets very little worse... or that it is something easily treated to halt it. We wait to see.

A large potato would certainly be better than a carrot... this is what the traditional turnips look like -


And yes - an awful lot of rain, and the ground already waterlogged. Also high winds that have blown a lot of the leaves off, so blocking drains and making it even worse.
posted by [identity profile] at 09:41pm on 18/10/2012
Oh, poor S2C... I shall be keeping him in my thoughts!
posted by [identity profile] at 09:53pm on 18/10/2012
Thank you Rachel. His sight has never been good - and it scares him that it might become too bad for him to read. At least he had up the zoom on both computer and kindle, but hopefully it will be something that can be stopped in its tracks, soon.
posted by [identity profile] at 09:44pm on 18/10/2012
I'm keeping everything crossable crossed the sudden deterioration of S2C's eyes, will prove to be easy to halt. I'm sure it will be.

I really glad you had such fun last night. It was a wonderful birthday present.
posted by [identity profile] at 09:56pm on 18/10/2012
Thank you.

It was an excellent present - although S2c couldn't really see the stage very well - but it helped to stop us worrying. D-d has suggested he gets an eye-patch and a parrot, as the deterioration is mainly in one eye...
posted by [identity profile] at 10:05pm on 18/10/2012
As I mentioned to S2C, they can do a great deal with lasers and medications these days.
posted by [identity profile] at 10:12pm on 18/10/2012
Yes - my mother has had both - we just have to wait until there is some diagnosis so that it can be treated if treatable.

Of course, being on night shifts, it took S2C quite a bit of calculating to find a time when he will be awake and alert by day to go back for the next tests, or they could have been done sooner than they will be. But at least the optician didn't make a fuss and insist S2C find time in days, rather than almost 2 weeks, so it can't be worrying him that much...
posted by [identity profile] at 10:09pm on 18/10/2012
My fingers are crossed for SC2. I know how scary this must be. And it's too bad I can't mail you a whole passel of pumpkins for the children to carve. I confess I've never heard of carving a turnip-o-lantern.
posted by [identity profile] at 10:15pm on 18/10/2012
Thank you.

I think there are probably pumpkins enough - but they are seen as very untraditional and would not be encouraged by National Heritage - turnips(rutabagas?) are our tradition just as the pumpkins are yours.

Although, I must admit, I gave in to the untraditional after a few years, when D-d was young enough to have a lantern to take out singing door to door - pumpkins are so much easier to use!
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posted by [personal profile] kathyh at 10:12pm on 18/10/2012
I hope S2C's eye problems are something easily treatable. They can do a lot more to help now than they used to be able to. A friend of mine had a quite serious problem but with treatment it's stabilised and she can still both read and drive.

A spooky carrot lantern doesn't have quite the same ring to it!
posted by [identity profile] at 10:18pm on 18/10/2012
Thanks - yes, once identified I am hopeful that they can stabilise the problem for him. He had just expected a new prescription for his lenses. He'll need that too, of course!

And no - carrots just don't cut it when it comes to scary, I fear. (Or, more correctly, I don't fear!!)
posted by [identity profile] at 10:26pm on 18/10/2012
Oof. Eyes are so very precious. Best to S2C and fingers crossed.

Envious of Milton Jones, but not of your soggy summer. Wet here too of course, but nothing like as bad as more northerly and westerly parts.
posted by [identity profile] at 07:42am on 19/10/2012
Thank you.

And yes - it has been very, very, wet. Although we did have a few really nice days last week - and we were all 'Oh! I remember, this is what autumn used to be like!'
posted by [identity profile] at 10:32pm on 18/10/2012
knowing his sight was getting worse, and that he would doubtless need new glasses, only to be told that the deterioration in his right eye was so great since last time that the optician is very worried about it and wants to do more tests.

I will keep my fingers crossed for both of you.

You are talking about my personal nightmare--vision loss. Now I have glaucoma (they have promised me surgery in a year, which will temporarily improve my eyesight). I also have the beginnings of macular degeneration, which is hereditary and at this point incurable. I keep hoping I will not go blind before they find a treatment for that. Meanwhile for the zoom feature on computers and for Kindle books! Imagine the trouble I would have already if we did not have those tools. I can still read regular books, but it is annoying and not much fun.
posted by [identity profile] at 07:48am on 19/10/2012
I have been thinking about you in this context for the past couple of days. You understand his nightmare only too well.

That technology can help is a real blessing though.
posted by [identity profile] at 04:02am on 19/10/2012
As a glasses-wearer from waaay back I have a lot of sympathy for poor S2C. Scary! Hopefully they'll be able to figure out what the problem is and get things resolved!

Trying to visualize alternative hop-tu-naas. That would have to be one wopper of a carrot!
posted by [identity profile] at 07:49am on 19/10/2012
Yes - you expect to go and the optician say 'yes, that eye is a bit weaker, it's your age, of course, we'll get your new lenses made...' anything else is very scary.

Unlike a carrot lantern!
posted by [identity profile] at 08:06am on 19/10/2012
Keeping my fingers crossed for S2C.

My local ASDA's are having a pumpkin event - in reality they bought in too many pumpkins and are having to sell them off cheap. Not many people around here carve pumpkins and probably even less use them for food.

posted by [identity profile] at 12:05pm on 19/10/2012
Thank you - we will know more in a couple of weeks. It would have been sooner but he didn't want to go on days when he should be asleep.

Pumpkin soup is good...

Yes - my first couple of Halloweens in the NE were odd to me, as there were no children with turnip lanterns, nobody singing door to door... I'm guessing these Celtic traditions are the ones that crossed to the USA and became trick or treat over time.
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posted by [identity profile] at 08:09am on 19/10/2012
I saw S2Cs post about his eyes. I hope there might be something that can be done to improve his eyesight. They can do some amazing surgery these days! *fingers crossed*

Teaching is tiring isn't it! I hadn't realised myself until I stopped doing it :)
posted by [identity profile] at 12:09pm on 19/10/2012
We really have to just wait to see what the problem actually is. One possibility is a cataract - which would be slightly unexpected as it is me whose every elderly relative has had cataracts removed, not him.

I find that after teaching 4x1/2day study sessions in 2 days I am really tired. Glad to be back to the mixture of phone calls, visits, note writing and so on.
posted by [identity profile] at 08:36am on 19/10/2012
I truly hope there will be no more deterioration. *hugs*
posted by [identity profile] at 12:10pm on 19/10/2012
Thank you. We'll know better when we find out what is causing the problem - hopefully then we will know what can be done.
posted by [identity profile] at 10:52am on 19/10/2012
Sorry to hear about the vision problems ... I hope the tests reveal something that they can fix, or at least stabilize.
posted by [identity profile] at 12:13pm on 19/10/2012
He is having more tests in a bit under 2 weeks time - it could have been sooner but he preferred then, to fit in with his night shifts. I am reassured that the optician didn't try to insist he go back sooner!
posted by [identity profile] at 11:59am on 19/10/2012
Having attended a concert and a comedian's show recently, I've decided that if I were Queen of the Universe, I'd outlaw warm-up acts.

My thoughts are with your husband's eyes (that sounds odd, I know). I've been having difficulties with mine, and my ophthalmologist up and died on me. Poor man. Definitely unexpected, and he hadn't made plans for a transition. All his staff were just out of work, as it is too expensive for new doctors to buy a practice outright. I'm going to have to break in a new doctor, and I'm very loathe to do so. We only have two in town, and I don't like one, so I better like the other!
posted by [identity profile] at 12:17pm on 19/10/2012
Having attended a concert and a comedian's show recently, I've decided that if I were Queen of the Universe, I'd outlaw warm-up acts.

S2C agrees with you - it is one of the first thing he'd do if he ruled the world, too.

We are fortunate that we have had the same optician for the last 18 years or so - he knows all of us and knows our eyes well. Even better, in some ways, we first went to him when he was only new to practice - so is slightly younger than us and likely to stay in practice for a few years yet.
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posted by [identity profile] at 12:18pm on 19/10/2012
Thank you - he's going back near the end of the month and then we'll know whether there is any specific cause for it.
posted by [identity profile] at 03:11pm on 19/10/2012
I knew about S2C's eye issues from his LJ post form a few days ago. I echo all the concern that others have shown.
posted by [identity profile] at 04:56pm on 19/10/2012
Thank you - it really does help to know that people are there, and sympathetic.
posted by [identity profile] at 03:11pm on 19/10/2012
I hope S2C's eyes are okay! My eyes are pretty messed up, so I can sympathize.

My birthday is also on 4/26 (but I wasn't born in 1986.) :D

posted by [identity profile] at 04:59pm on 19/10/2012
We actually got married on 26/4/86 - so we never forget what day Chernobyl blew.

Can you remember it happening on your birthday?

I can remember the headlines in the papers on my sister's 8th birthday - the USSR had invaded Czechoslovakia!
posted by [identity profile] at 05:13pm on 19/10/2012
Oh gosh, good luck with all that flooding! Stay safe. And my best wishes to S2C; vision loss must be incredibly frightening.
posted by [identity profile] at 06:45pm on 19/10/2012
Flooding seems to have subsided now - thank goodness. He appreciates all the good wishes - not being able to read is one of his greatest fears. We do hope it is something easily arrested, or possibly even improved, though.
posted by [identity profile] at 02:33pm on 20/10/2012
then deterioration that worries our optician worries us too.

That does sound worrisome. Fingers crossed it turns out to be not so problematic, after all.
posted by [identity profile] at 07:16pm on 20/10/2012
Thank you. We'll know more in a couple of weeks - he could have had the next lot of tests done sooner, but wanted to wait until he was on nights off.
posted by [identity profile] at 02:30am on 21/10/2012

I wouldn't have taken a second look if it hadn't been for you. I learned something--wombats poop cubes!
posted by [identity profile] at 09:21am on 21/10/2012
I have found myself wondering, since my daughter pointed the same fact out to me a while ago, just how their internal sphincter muscles must be formed to achieve this - but have never quite got around to reading it up in deadly earnest!

I think I'd rather have his fudge without the mental image of it having been processed by wombat bowels...
posted by [identity profile] at 04:00pm on 21/10/2012
I do hope the optical tests will produce a solution, and that the eye is curable.

My aunt and uncle's wedding anniversary was for ever memorable, as the announcement that Britain was at war with Germany was made on that day.
posted by [identity profile] at 04:16pm on 21/10/2012
Gosh, yes - that would be a rather memorable day!


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