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When the Husband Went to the Eye Doctor


Good news!

The ophthalmologist saw the back of the Husband's eyeball this morning. His eyeball is long and elongated, probably so much so that first the optometrist and then his regular ophthalmologist couldn't see anything because they have older machines.

Imagine being seen by physicians who have state-of-the-art technology at their fingers to help them diagnose and treat you, no financial strings attached. Now, that's a utopia for you. Have you ever wondered if utopia could exist in a country or another organization with millions and millions of members?

While sitting in the waiting room, we met a man undergoing kidney dialysis three days a week. As part of telling his story, without prompting, he showed us his wounds. Oh my gosh, embedded in his forearm was something that looked like a cow's hoof under his skin. It's called a bovine carotid artery graft (I looked it up when I got home.) that helps with the dialysis process. If I showed horror when he first revealed it, I'm sure he forgave me. He has been in dialysis for seven years and next year he'll get a new organ. He was told that he had to wait eight years for one. I hope his doctors aren't messing with him.

Back to the Husband's eyeball. We are so relieved that his cataract can be operated on. The doctor said he won't get full sight back in his eye but it will be better than it is now. We'll take it.






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  1. Ah, the dream of universal health care...

    So glad the cataract is treatable. Sight is a wonderful thing.

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  2. I'm glad to hear that the cataract can be treated and the husband's sight will be improved. I've often thought that the one thing I wouldn't like to be without is my sight - there's so much beauty in this world, especially in nature and the land around us, that I'd hate not to be able to see it.

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    1. We're both very nearsighted. Eyeglasses are one of the greatest inventions in my book.

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  3. That's good news, I really hope I never get cataracts. I hate the sound of it.

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    1. Should you ever get them, Adam, by that time medical researchers will find something very easy-peasy to treat them.

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  4. Imagine that... medical care available to citizens... Oh that's too far fetched! I remember researching a little when Obama care was new, and reading a comparison of countries and health care... then being really angry at a neighbor who didn't want health care for our country.... she kept saying we have the best health care in the world. Didn't matter what I said, or about statistics, or about actual cases, she held on to her belief that we have the best. I thought, well, if you're in the top 1% of wealth here, probably so. But I'm a recovering social worker, and I've seen many people without any care. I'm relieved your husband will be better, and relieved that hoof guy survived the 8 year waiting period and may now finally get better. Oy.
    LeeAnna

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    1. A social worker is another tough job. Kudos to you, LA!
      No doubt your neighbor had a decent healthcare plan. I don't understand why people wouldn't want our government to help others in need. Many of those people probably don't realize how much help our government helps corporations.

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  5. Excelent news about the Husbands eyeball. :) ... and the kidney guy. :) . . . I've come across people like that in hospital/doctor waiting rooms. It's like some sort of 'secret handshake' thing.

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  6. This is great about your hubby’s eye and that it can be fixed. Meeting this man with the bad kidney makes one think how lucky we are

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    1. There are always people who have it worse off than I do, I tell myself when I get into a self-pity fit.

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