Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Bad day

Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are. ~Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

Its not been a good 24 hours.

I developed a severe burning pain in my eye last night that kept me awake most of the night. Trying to get a doctor's appointmentproved difficult. The earliest he can see me is Wednesday. Medical care is free for the most part in Canada, but it sure does have its challenges sometimes in terms of waiting times. Anyway, despite it all, the eye is getting better, and I have antibiotic drops to use, so I'll manage.

Then late this afternoon a friend died of cancer. She had been diagnosed only about a month ago. Its sad and all so common lately, this disease. Was is so prevalent in the past or did doctors just not know what it was? Or is it more common now due to changes in foods and lifestyles? Whichever the case, its a horrible disease, deserved by no one and equally damaging to those who die from it and those who watch the process helplessly from the sidelines.

So I crippled through today on little sleep and pain, wearing sunglasses inside and out as my eye was so light sensitive. Yes, its my pity party tonight. Come on over and bring a bottle.

However, I do have a little update on the tutorial for glass that I am developing. Not a large one, as my brain/eye/hand coordination won't let me see the finer details tonight, but an update all the same. I enjoy drawing glass. The precise shapes are like fitting a puzzle together.


Jo Castillo said...

Oh my, what a tragic day. You have my sympathy for your friend and I hope your eye will be on the mend. Thinking of you, hugs.

"JeanneG" said...

Hugs from me too. Take care of that eye. Sorry about your friend. I too wonder why we never heard of some of these diseases long ago and wonder where they came from. I'm blaming the hormones they put in the feed for the reason I am overweight. Sounds good to me.

Nita said...

My condolences for the loss of your friend, and hope that your eye is better very soon!

Cancer was always there, but there was a time doctors wouldn't even tell a patient that was what they had. And people died of other things (before antibiotics) before they lived long enough to get cancer.

My grandparents, born in the very early 1900s, and their siblings all died of various kinds of cancer in the 1950s-70s. We just know more about it, talk more about it, now.

Paulette said...

Ah, Jeanette, I am so sorry to hear of your friends death. :(
Take care of your eye and yourself!

Jennifer Rose said...

Sorry to read about your friend. :( condolences to the family and friends.

Cancer is never an easy thing to deal with. I do think that people do talk about it more now, and have a better understanding of it so that might be why it seems like more people are getting more forms of cancer and its more common. :( To some degree I think it might come down to chemicals that we now use, lots of the additives put into food just don't seem like they would be a healthy thing. Maybe they might not cause Cancer, but they don't help people's health.
Hope you eye keeps getting better. Is there a walk-in clinic you can go to if it starts to get worse?

The glass tutorial is coming along nicely :) I am always in awe of people that can draw glass properly.

Terry Banderas said...

Soon, everything will be better for you. We need to fix your eye problem. I would have been there if I lived near you.

vivien said...

hugs here too - hoping that next week is much better.

have you tried eyebaths with salt water??? if it's an infection that will really help.

Jeanette said...

Thanks Jo and Jeanne.

Nita, you're right, it was always there, just not talked about as much perhaps.

Paulette & Jennifer, thank you. Things are better today. The eye is improving and life does go on.

Thanks Terry, there's always next time :)

Vivien, I've been using a saline solution in addition to the antibiotic drops and my eye is much better today. Thanks.

Cindy said...

Not a good day at all....

Hugs being sent your way. I'm sorry to hear about your friend.

I hope your eye continues to get better.

Teresa Mallen said...

Oh goodness Jeanette, a bad 24 hours indeed. I'm very sorry to hear of your friend's death. Hugs from me too. I am glad that your eye is better. My thoughts are with you. This must be a very difficult time. Take care...

Billie Crain said...

i'm so sorry to hear about your friend, Jeanette. it's never easy to watch someone suffer like that. i lost my mother to cancer many years ago after a valient fight on her part.

i'm sure by now your eye is much better. i haven't been checking blogs as much as usual so i missed a few of your posts.