Eye Time Again

This afternoon I went to the retinal specialist’s office for a periodic injection in my left eye to treat an ongoing affliction known as wet macular degeneration (choroidal neovascularization or CNV). As a result, I’m running on only three cylinders this evening.

It’s a good thing I put up several posts before I left, because I may not be able to do anything else tonight except post the news feed.

Whenever I start feeling sorry for myself under these circumstances, I remember that just fifteen years ago there was no treatment for my condition, which means that by now I basically would have been blind in one eye.

So I’m grateful. Thank you, Lord, for Avastin — and for retinologists like mine.

7 thoughts on “Eye Time Again

  1. Aye Baron, you and us also. The Missus’s next appt is first week in May. So, we’ll be making the trip from the ‘burbs into the city again. Good luck with your’s.
    -WestDivide in Colorado

  2. Not having a go at you, Baron; maybe more at the likes of Christian Scientists and Jehovah’s Witnesses.

    A man’s house was threatened by floods; as the waters lapped over his doorstep, some people came by in a Jeep (maybe an SUV these days?): “Get in, and we’ll save you!” “No thanks, God will save me!”

    The waters rose, and he retreated to the first floor (second, for Americans). People in a boat urged him to get in; same reply.

    The waters still rose, and he got onto the roof. A helicopter came by, and hailed him: “Climb the ladder and we’ll save you”. Usual reply…

    Of course he drowned, went to Heaven, met God, and said “Lord, I believed in you. Why didn’t you save me?” And God said: “I sent a Jeep, a boat and a helicopter. What more did you expect?”

    • Thank you, Mark. Yes, I’ve heard that joke before. I think that would be characterized as “praying for direct divine intervention”. I don’t adhere to that particular theological doctrine — in my experience, that’s not the way the Lord has organized His creation.

      When I find myself in need, I pray for (1) an opportunity to arise that would meet my need, and (2) the discernment to recognize such an opportunity when it appears.

      This seems to work fairly well. But #2 is hard — discernment is a rare gift of the Spirit.

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