Wisdom Comes From the Damnedest Places

It's been a gray, dreary and extremely wet weekend in in Frog Pond Holler. The yard is squishy and gross, my clothes will probably take three days to dry on the line (even though they're on the porch and covered) and my visit to the eye doc on Friday was less than happy.

Oh I got some super designer frames, mostly 'cuz none of the ones covered 100% by our insurance would fit my fat head, but sixty bucks for a complete set of bifocals isn't bad. I guess. I'd never been to this doc before and while I really didn't need to know about his butt getting probed the last time he had a physical, I liked him okay. I almost got out of there without too much trauma, until after he hit my eyes with the drops, peered inside then sat back to explain the finer points of macular degeneration.

The good news is, we've caught it in the early stages and my eyesight is pretty good (for my age) to begin with. He told me to start taking Lutein daily to slow the progression.

The bad news? There's no cure.

I've been in the throws of a full fledged pity party for most of the weekend, just contemplating the possibility of ending up blind. Then, tonight, I recalled a quote from Winifred "Fred" Burkle from "Angel", who laid down some Texas wisdom when confronted with a returning vampire, Darla, who was preggers and did it way better than Twilight ever could:

"Can I say something about destiny? Screw destiny. If this evil thing comes, we'll fight it and we'll keep fighting it till we whoop it. Because destiny is just another word for inevitable. And nothing is inevitable as long as you stand up, look it in the eye and say, "You're evitable." (pauses) Well, you catch my drift."

I love Fred.

You just never know who I might quote. Maybe the Dalai Lama. Maybe Deepak Chopra. Or Winifred Burkle.

I feel like I've not gotten a damned thing done all weekend, but I've been kinda productive. I ordered some Jojoba oil because although Big City and surrounding areas are jam packed with hippified massage places, it's nearly impossible to find in the stores. Go figure. I also started a new rug, all purples and blues. I think it's going to be pretty.

I'm just tired I guess. And kinda lonely. Ya know how it is, when you get bad news is when you kinda wish you had a shoulder to cry on.

But no time for that. I gotta put on my big girl panties and get crackin'. Because nothing is inevitable.

Ya'll have a good week. We'll talk again soon.

Later Taters!!


tiff said...

Mahala - so sorry to hear what's going on with you. (HUG) If you like, please send me information regarding the diagnosis (ie. 'wet' or 'dry' form of the disease) and I'll see if there are any clinical trials going on in which you might be interested or qualified in to participate.

Judy (kenju) said...

I'm sorry to hear that, but do take the lutein and be grateful that you found it early enough to take evasive action.

Mahala said...

Thanks ya'll :) He probably told me which type of the disease it was, but I was sorta blindsided (ooooo bad pun!) by it all. I'll find out when I go back to get my glasses later this week. I've always been the one in the family with the "good" eyes. So weird.

Significant Snail said...

Oh Mahala! Here is my shoulder...

Anonymous said...

I always hate bad news like that. Do take the lutein,I know one more pill to get down, but if it helps it will be worth it. I really just keep telling myself there will light at the end of the tunnel someday. You just gotta keep moving to get to it. And my shoulder is available any time too.

BetteJo said...

My Mom had that - whenever anyone asked about what her health history was - that was always one of the things she trotted out. She had cataracts too - and had those removed - and when she was getting ready to die at 82 - her vision was still better than mine! So hopefully your case will not be bad and you can piss off the amazon one day with better eyesight than she has! Here's hoping!