I’m Leaking

It’s official. My eye is leaking. Because of macular degeneration, fluid is leaking, which is causing the big blur in my right eye. Treatment starts in two days – injections that should keep me from going blind. Please rejoice with me. I can read no better than I did a week ago, but there is hope on the horizon. I’ve heard from several people that they are currently taking the injections that keep this condition from going wild.

An added bonus is that the retina specialist uses space in my eye doctor’s office once a week. Instead of driving 45 minutes to Asheville, we’ll go to the next town. Please rejoice with John on that.

Now for the fun. Besides reading, can you guess what routine thing is hardest for me? It’s loading my toothbrush! Depth perception is missing for close things right now. I may be walking around with bright, shiny fingers that smell minty.

My half-deaf friend called to check on me, and we had a few laughs. She said the two of us would make a good pair, one being able to see and one to hear. She is totally deaf in one ear, making conversation difficult. Perception is askew for both of us. She can’t tell where sounds are coming from, and I can’t judge distance easily.

We chatted about coping with the loss of senses. I have an app on my phone that is supposed to translate speech into words on the screen. I hear better than my phone does. She wants to learn to lip-read. You need sight for both of those things. My advice? Don’t lose more than one sense at a time.

I tried to read the title of an icon on my phone to her and had to say, “I can’t read it!”

She laughed and said mock-loudly, “I can’t hear you.”

Hopefully neither of us will get COVID and lose our sense of smell. I presume taste goes out the window with smell. We could feel food without tasting it. My advice? Hang onto your senses, since it’s hard to be without more than one.

52 thoughts on “I’m Leaking

  1. Oh Anne….This aging thing is a challenge. I now have new teeth but haven’t learned to chew successfully and two new “ears” which has helped a lot. They , who ever they are, say we need to learn something new every day…..I;m trying…Prayers for your successful encounter.

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  2. I know a couple of people who have had the injections and they both had success! I will be praying for you! My hearing is deteriorating and Forrest’s is really bad. I find lip reading helps a lot. Keep us posted if you can!!

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  3. I have some friends who get the injections and seem to be doing ok. I hope you will be one of them too. Keep your sense of humor and don’t worry about your teeth. We’ll tell you when you have parsley there.

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          1. I am very happy with my implants. Its was costly, but worth every penny if ya ask me. As for eyes, vision is about the same as everu, although I do have runny eyes and some irritating collection in the corners. I took steroids for awhile, which helped the watering, but the trade off was I now need to walk with a cane because of tendonitis. I admit that I need some hearing instrument…

            Yes, the sense of smell and the sense of taste do go together. It has seemed to me for years that nothing tastes as good as it did back in the day, so the food I enjoy the most are those with strong flavor.
            When my late husband was in hospital before he died he most regretted the lack of taste and being confined to liquid diet. Once a food tray delivery person left his dinner tray, and it contained some Jello. My youngest daughter, who is a nurse, questioned the dessert, but among he, she, and a staff nurse they decided an exception was being made…so Carol fed him the Jello. He remarked that it was the best food he had ever tasted, and well worth any dietary risk involved. 🙂 Soon after the Jello treat he went on tube-feeding, which he detested, and he removed the tube regularly. He finally motioned to me that if they didn’t take it out he would yank it out. When they told me they were going to re-insert the feeding tube, I told them not to, as it was not serving any purpose except torturing the poor man. He died within a week later of Pulmonary Fibrosis.

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  4. Betsy had this for about the last 10 years of her life, and she took the injections. The injections were a new thing then so her vision had deteriorated quite a bit when she started them, but the injections pretty much did halt the progress of the condition, which was good, so she didn’t lose her vision completely. Pete and I are definitely keeping you in our prayers.

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    1. Getting old can be quite amusing when it isn’t deadly. Family members laugh when I tell them what I heard them say. It often has no bearing on the conversation. They have been very kind to read things to me, especially on my phone.

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      1. I hear some ridiculous versions of what people say myself. LOL I use the closed caption on the TV, as I can’t hear the sound clearly. The worst is when I’m in a group, family, whomever, and I can’t hear what is being said. I was at a party last week and although I was sitting within a few feet of the speaker I could not make out what she was saying, and the microphone didn’t help any.

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  5. I have always assumed that sense and senses aren’t related since I lost my sense years ago. I know everything will go well for you nect week but I shall have my fingers crossed for you anyway.
    Humongous Hugs

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  6. Anne, so sorry to hear about this. I hope you get well soon. Losing one of the senses is scary. I still haven’t recovered completely from my sense of hearing. Group discussions, videos and listening to music are still noisy to me.

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  7. I’ll continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers Anne. I’m glad you have not lost your “sense” of humor. Everything seems to be falling into place geography wise, so therefore I would look at your treatments and recovery in that same positive light.

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    1. The first injection is tomorrow afternoon, so we’ll see how it goes. I’m not concerned about the injection. It’s going to be interesting to see the outcome. Perhaps there will be no change for a long time. ???

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  8. I am so glad you caught this in time to be treated! My dad lost an eye to macular degeneration, it was so fast. Praise God you are in good hands, praying the treatments are completely successful.

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  9. Oh I’m sorry to hear about your eye! I can’t imagine having to get injections in the eye! I can’t even watch a friend out eye drops in

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  10. Oh I am wishing you well Anne and that the injections work. I just got a fake hip 4 weeks ago and so am greatly impressed with the strides in the medical world. I hope you are pleasantly surprised too.

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    1. Congratulations on your new hip! I was hoping everything was going smoothly for you. Had to laugh at your pun STRIDES in the medical world. Hope your walking stride has been greatly improved.

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  11. Oh Anne!! I have been away from reading blogs for too long! My sister in law said I needed to get back and read of your troubles. She is loving the witness you are giving and the optimism you are using to deal with tough stuff.
    I hope you do not get covid! Lar and I ended up with it a few weeks back after a wedding. Our sense of taste and smell is slowly coming back but it is just the craziest thing! On the upside….we are not overeating because nothing really tastes like anything anyway. So now my jeans fit much better! Praying for the treatment being amazingly successful Anne and for patience and humor in the recovery.

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      1. We did about a month ago. A bunch of us got it after a wedding. It did not seem to matter if you had had it before, never had it, been vaxed or not. I have a feeling it was the variant as it moved pretty fast. The first two weeks were miserable but after that we are mainly just tired. We figure we are good to go now as we have some good antibodies that we have made!

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