Caught Off-Guard!

Jean 2

Imagine my surprise when I found that the camera on my phone had turned itself on me  when I thought I was in full flow taking photos of the sea in all its glory.

I couldn’t resist playing around with the shock image and instinct led me to place the heart on my sleeve.

Wearing your heart on your sleeve, to a fair degree anyway, seems to me to be part and parcel of having a personal blog. There’s just no point trying to be somebody that you’re not as that leads to an Oh what a tangled web we weave sort of situation which is basically unsustainable.

I guess I’m posting this fun post tonight as I’m celebrating the fact that I passed my annual eye test with flying colours this morning.

I will never, ever, ever take my sight for granted having woken up one winter’s day in 2003 to find that I was totally blind in my left eye. It was among the scariest experiences of my entire life and I count myself incredibly fortunate that the sight gradually returned over a 6-8 week period.

I will be forever grateful to the incredible care, kindness and honesty of the excellent eye specialist I ended up with that terrible morning. He guided me through what was a very dark time and it was lovely to see his smiles matching mine as we met again today. Caring doctors are among the greatest treasures in this world of ours.

I hope your day was even half as happy as mine!





Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

29 thoughts on “Caught Off-Guard!”

  1. This blog reminds me of the song “You turned the tables on Me”…surprise surprise…I’m happy that all turned out well for you with the eye problem..I can’t imagine how scary that must have been..thank goodness for the eye specialist. I remember one day that I was at work and I kept on seeing lightning before my eyes…I quickly went to our eye doctor who said it was floaters and it would subside which it did..but not knowing what was going on was really terrifying to me. It only takes a second for your life to change, so everyday be thankful..that’s why it’s called the present.

  2. I managed to skewer my left eye on a garden stake some years ago… even that temporary loss of sight was frightening and I was incredibly relieved when the dressings came off and I could see.

  3. Hi Jean…I had a similar incident a few years ago when I lost the sight of my right eye for a couple of months. The specialists didn’t know what was wrong and my sight did return. It has happened a couple of times since and I think it has something to do with stress. When I am feeling very stressed my blood-pressure goes up and my eyes get very fuzzy. Something I read also was that it can be the effect of blood-pressure medication. Whatever…I am truly happy that all seems to be under control now….but it is scary and yes, something that is easy to take for granted. So, I totally agree – health is very previous:):) I daren’t take a selfie…tried a couple of times with the ipad and quickly deleted…have a wonderful day:):)

    1. Olga, I’m sorry to hear that you have had the same experience only a few times!!! That must have been awful to have it return.
      I must emphasise that this wasn’t a deliberate selfie. I must have touched the reverse thingy on the phone and ended up taking me and not the sea.

  4. I like the photo Jean, you’re right we should never take anything for granted we are after all only caretakers of our bodies. When I broke my back like you it was a wake up call. Live each day

  5. Jean, your reference to losing sight being “…a very dark time” did not get past me here. Thank you for sharing the photo of your face framed by a full head of hair. Mine is framed by a full head of air, as it’s bare of hair. Doctor told me I could wait patiently for it to grow back if I wished, or I could buy a hat.

  6. Hi Jean,

    I am so glad that your eyesight returned. We do take things for granted until we lose them, don’t we.

    Your words, “wearing your heart on your sleeve,” really resonated with me. I have found as I have gotten older that being authentic and showing my feelings makes me a better person and I have had better relationships too.


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