Quilting, Farming, Variety

Friday, March 31, 2017

A little bump in my road of life is happening.  It all started when I went to get my driver's license renewed.  When I was asked to take the vision test, the minute I saw the image I knew I was in trouble.  I kept waiting for those large letters I thought I remembered being on the chart, but they never appeared.  And when I attempted to read them, "E, ? ? ?". the lady told me< "They're numbers." I failed the test, but if I had my eyes examined and got glasses I could get the license.

I was able to get an appointment the next day.  Same chart; where are those big letters?  The doctor flipped different sized lens in front of my eyes and then told me, "I can't do anything for you with glasses."  So I have cataracts in both eyes and will have laser surgery after a physical and more tests.

I don't particularly dread the surgery; I'm a tough cookie, but not so tough when it comes to making the early morning trips to the office.  You see, I'm somewhat agoraphobic, and being away from home makes me very nervous.  I think of things at night and I can feel my insides being tied in knots; then I pray and try to think of my sewing room.  Sometimes I'd like to just fasten the door, work on my projects and not ever have to feel those knots again. 

I had to find a PCP because I haven't been to a doctor since the 80s; I haven't needed to go.  Now the magnets on the refrigerator hold slips of paper with dates and times and I try to ignore them and push it all aside.

It's strange, how years ago I couldn't see up close and had to have glasses to read; now that's changed, I can see up close fairly well, but everything in the distance seems to be in a fog.

Since I'm still able to see how to sew, I'm making things from larger pieces of fabric.

A towel attached to the apron is a handy thing.  I have another apron almost finished.  I've always wondered when my last stitch would be made; hopefully there will be many more ~ and more accurately made.  I may let the blogging sit idle for a while until this has passed but I'll try to keep up with your words.

Charlotte

23 comments:

  1. i'm so sorry to hear this Charlotte. I'm praying that all goes well with the surgery but please don't give up. I know things happen to us in life as we get older and the younger generation as well but we have to keep hope in our heart. I haven't sewed a stitch on a quilt or anything in almost 4 years and I see my sewing machine sitting there and want to cry sometimes. But.. God tells me not to give up and there will be better days ahead. We all have to believe that. That's the main reason I've slowed down with Blogging and my writing as well. I just can't keep up anymore but I still like to read other's posts. Hang in there. I'm praying for you.

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  2. Dear Charlotte, my heart goes out to you! I too have a lot of the same feelings you have. I am always happiest at home. I can keep myself plenty happy just sitting at my sewing machine or having a needle and thread in my hands. I will wish you well with all that you need to do to get through the appointments and renew your license. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. With hopes that you will keep posting as you feel ready.

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  3. Oh, that must have come as shock. I'm so sorry. You sure must be healthy and happy though not having to see a doctor since the 80's. That's great! I am a real home body too. Totally content to just be right here at home. That towel make onto the apron is a great idea!! You take care. Hope it all goes well for you.

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  4. I'm sorry, it's such a letdown when our bodies fail us.n
    About cataract surgery, my husband and father both had it recently and as far as surgery goes, it's not bad at all. They neither had pain. There are various eye drops to use on a schedule afterward but both men had their vision drastically improve right after.
    I do know what you mean about how hard it is to have your day eaten up by appointments, I am much happier when I can just stay home too.

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  5. Having worked so long with those teeny tiny little quilt blocks, it must have been fun, fun to go zooming down a long seam! :~) I would love having a towel attached to my apron, for I am always losing my dish cloth. :~/ ~~~~ I know how tough you are, so you'll make it fine over this bump in the road. I surely will be thinking about you!

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  6. I'm so sorry! I completely understand your frustration in having to go to appointments and going through everything to get your vision cleared. When your surgery is done, you will probably stitch non stop! I hope all goes well , that you find the right doctor and that this will all pass quickly!

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  7. Lovely apron with a towel on it! How handy! My heart goes out to you with your eyesight problem. I hope you will find a good doctor and that all of this will be done and over and that your sight will be better!

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  8. Bless your heart. I'm sad to hear of your health problems. I am impressed with how beautiful your sewing is despite your cataracts. You're a special gifted lady. I wish you the best. My healing thoughts and prayers are with you.
    I love the towel attached to the apron. What a wonderfully helpful creation. You're such a clever crafter.
    Take care of yourself. Mind your doctors. Your health is what's most important.
    Wishing you a speedy recovery.
    :)

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  9. Love, hugs and prayers for you ~ FlowerLady

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  10. Charlotte, I had no idea about the agoraphobic issues; that's difficult enough without having issues with your eyesight. My vision was the opposite of yours; I could see up close but needed glasses my entire life (or at least since I started driving) driving, watching tv or to see at a distance. After the cataract surgeries, a whole new whole opened up. Now, I needed reading glasses only. I pray you'll find someone who will make you comfortable, and be able to make the changes you need in order to pass the eye test, and in general that everything will make you feel like a new person. Hugs and prayers for you. xoxo

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    1. I was thinking about you this morning, Charlotte, and remembering what happened to our dad when it was time to renew his driver's license. He had taught so many to driver over the years, starting with me I believe. Well, when he went to renew, he failed the test. Believing that he had forgotten something in the "rules"; he was in his late 70's at the time. He copied word for word the entire driver's handbook; I'm not kidding and it makes me cry when I that which I kept. He was devastated! So, when he went back to re-take the test, he learned it was his vision (I think he forgot his glasses). Makes me tear up even now. Also, since I'm writing you a book: LOL
      One of my mom's brothers didn't think women should drive, being of the old school where women stay home, cook, clean, laundry etc. She wanted to learn so badly so she wouldn't have to ask for a ride to church and the Wednesday quilting day at my grandmother's house. One time, when we were over home in W FL, Daddy taught Aunt Pokey (Pocahontas) to drive. She, at that time, was in her 70's. My uncle thought so much of my dad, he never said a word. And, it wasn't that much longer, she bought herself a used car. Yep, she'd been saving the money her mama had left her. Oh, did I cheer her! What a woman!
      Have a blessed day,and forgive me for this very long comment. I guess I just like to talk sometime. :)
      xoxo

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    2. Sally, I loved your "book"! My mother and mother-in-law never really had a chance to learn to drive. I have driven since being a teen, but now, for some reason, the farmer wants to take me everywhere I need to go, which is o.k., but I don't like having to be dependent on someone else for every little trip I might get up the courage to take. (He doesn't care at all for me to drive the tractor in the hay field.lol) I'm trying to stay calm about this; only today I came to realize, no matter how much I worry over it, what will be, will be. So, thanks for the "book".

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    3. awe, Charlotte, the farmer is concerned for you because of your vision with the cataracts. I hope you'll soon be able to find a pcp and get those cataracts removed. You'll feel like a new person, and perhaps when you can drive again you'll begin to want to go to some places because you'll be able to see! Take care, and God bless. xoxo

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  11. Most get through cataract surgery just fine - you well too and be back to your old self soon - lucky you to never need to go to the doctor!!

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  12. I love the apron with the towel that you made. I'm sorry to hear that you will need surgery. My mother and several others I know have had this same surgery. It does much improve the vision. My eye doctor has told me that I will eventually need it too. I would rather stay at home most of the time too, so I know how you feel about that. Prayers for you that all goes well with your surgery. Sending good thoughts your way.

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  13. Hopefully you don't live too far from the doctor and the wait times are not too long. Just keep your "eye on the prize" of better vision! I like being home too. When I'm away I always think of my projects and I am always ready to head home! What a great idea to have a towel on your apron!

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  14. I can totally relate. I told my Dr. I had been to see him more this year than I had the whole year before. He said it was because I had been turning too many pages of the calendar. I'm afraid when I retire (hopefully this summer), I won't want to leave the house. Pray you do well with visits and surgery.

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  15. Good Morning Charlotte, I am delighted to have found your blog, but sadden to hear this news. It does hit home though, because I am going through the same thing. Last year when I got new glasses I was told that I had cataracts starting to form and I can tell that they are getting worse. I've just been procrastinating on going back in for another exam. He said that they were not ready for surgery then, but that he wanted to keep an eye on them. I'm not fond of going to the doctor and usually have to be so sick that my poor husband nearly has to carry me in. I came from a long line of healthy and suborn women that lived long lives without popping pills or running to the doctor with every little thing. My husband also had cataracts and his surgeries were very successful. He went from bifocals to drug store reading glasses after his surgery. I know that this is not the best way to meet new people, but I am thrilled to have found your blog. You do the type of quilting that I aspire to do. I've only been quilting for about 4 years, but I love it. Well again, happy to meet you and I will remember you in my prayers. I am your newest follower and if you have the time please visit my blog, I would be overjoyed to have you follow me back.
    Have a sweet day!
    Connie :)

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  16. I too like to stay home. I too am not too far away from cataract surgery. I too had a problem with those little letters when I got my license. I too used to be able to read road signs half a mile away and now those signs are blurry until I get right up to them. It's time you started visiting a doctor, once a year, to get your blood work done and check your blood pressure.My doc wanted me to come in every 4 months--I went every six. Now, I told him, once a year unless something worrisome comes up. He just shakes his head at me. Of course, when something worrisome comes up, I wait a couple of weeks to see if it will go away on its own. HAH!!!

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  17. Hi Charlotte, My hubby had both cataracts done and has had no problem on that score. I was told mine were just starting and he will watch them. But the last year I have seen a change so I believe they are getting worse. I also like to stay home and sew. Hubby had 5 bouts of cancer ( he is doing fairly well right now) so that isn't in the cards for me. I do all the driving and scheduling appts and everything else that has to be done. So I am out of the house a lot. But my sewing room is my salvation. You are in my prayers dear girl. Hugs, LJ

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  18. looking for my comment
    did not go through:(
    I had this surgery 8 years ago
    most difficult part
    putting drops in eyes
    Hoping you are fine....

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  19. My husband hadn't been to an eye doctor for a long time, but knew he needed to go because his eyesight was getting worse in his left eye. The doctor told him that eventually everyone gets cataracts. But, on the good side, a lot of people don't even need to have glasses after the cataract gets taken out. I'm sure everything will go well and . . . you will be able to see much better. I love the apron. That is a great idea to add the dish towel to it. You do such beautiful work.

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  20. thoughts of you and checking in
    thank you always for your kind words and thinking of me :)
    love your aprons.....

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