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Seeing the Road Signs Ahead & Coming Out the Other Side

from jodi.07.2021

FROM JODI

Two weeks ago, I had eye surgery. I have been battling serious eye complications in my left eye for two years. I couldn’t go six months without recurrent corneal erosion. You don’t want that; it hurts like hell. I remember two years ago, a client doctor asking me, “How long has your eye looked like that?” I went to my optometrist for eye drops because I was heading out for my 3-week summer vacation. He prescribed me 3 sets of eye drops that had the effect of blinding my left eye so I didn’t feel pain, and I walked around Montreal not able to see anything on my left side. When I returned, he shook his head and sent me to an ophthalmologist. My past experience with ophthalmologists to that point had not been good at all, so I was unhappy to say the least. But I was lucky and thankful to find an eye doctor who I have come to trust, and we set out on a journey to figure out what was wrong and to try to get my eye healthy. Over the course of the last two years, I have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease in my left eye, and a virus has attached itself there as well. I have seen my eye doctor regularly; he was the only person I visited during the pandemic, and each time I had to read the eye chart, I felt like a total failure. I have been wearing glasses all my life; my prescription is complicated. One of my favorite party tricks is to make people put on my glasses, with a warning to be careful it might make them nauseous. The common reaction is usually “Woah.” And that was before I started having serious eye issues. So I was used to having difficulty reading the eye chart. But when it just gets worse and worse, and you cannot read the letters for the tech, you feel hopeless.

Finally, I went 6 months without an eruption, and my doctor said I could have my lens replaced. This is what most people know as cataract surgery. Everyone says this surgery is no big deal, but you are awake with your eye open, and I will spare you the details, but my doctor was kind and reassuring and skillful throughout. When I was brought to the car after, I looked around the parking lot, saw the letters on the license plates clear and crisp FOR THE FIRST TIME and burst into tears. It was not until I could see that I realized how much I couldn’t see before, even with my glasses. I was suffering and denying how bad it was. I was compensating by using my paralegal to read and type for me. I had no business driving.

Now there is a new me; one without glasses, and people I know well are getting used to seeing my face. It is my new party trick. I now have a contact in my right eye, and I must wear readers, so there is new vision to get used to, but I feel free. A new person. And grateful for the support of my doctor and his team who treated me with care and respect to get me to the other side.

Perhaps there is a metaphor here for divorcing people.

Be Curious,
Jodi
@LazarLaw 

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