Monday, 25 January 2016

All my eye.....

I'm counting down the hours to the next operation, on February 4th, when a new lens will be fitted to restore sight in my Rt eye. Mr Fayyaz Musa, a Consultant Ophthalmologist who will perform the operation, assures me sight in that eye will be better than it was before. I can't wait. The last six weeks that included Christmas and New Year have been a little indistinct.
Getting back into my stride.....(Click pictures to enlarge)
  Unable to read properly, or drive, or focus clearly on anything, life has been very much 'on hold'. I've become accident prone, bumping into people and objects, knocking things over (even spilling wine!) and breaking things - but luckily nothing of value, yet!  Religious activities have been suspended too, mainly due to inability to read Service or hymn books, or read lessons, especially in our dimly lit village Church.
Running the empty trail.....
Running also went on the back burner due to feeling wobbly on uneven terrain, off balance and unco-ordinated, which knocked my confidence a bit.  Normally I love running alone in wild and lonely places but there was an air of vulnerability about my solo plod along the fringe of Grassington Moor in last weeks snow and ice. My form has definitely deteriorated since 'seeing through a glass darkly' but will hopefully return with the coming of Spring when 'flowers appear on the earth and the time of the singing of birds has come'.
I recognized this visitor - eventually
And speaking of birds, neither have I been able to identify birds at the feeding station by my kitchen window. Goldfinches, long tailed tits, thrushes, robins and cheeky sparrows were a joy to watch and added another dimension to my own meal time rituals. For the past few weeks they've just been blurry little brown things but they're gradually becoming clearer. I didn't immediately recognize the pheasant eyeing me from the barn roof, thinking at first it had rather a long tail for a wood pigeon!  Hopefully, all will return to their proper perspective, and colours, after next wek's operation.
Crossing the bridge over Gateup Ghyll
This week's running pictures were taken on a Saturday morning circuit of Grimwith Reservoir where I sensed a little speed coming back into my legs. Although scores of cars filled the parking area we'd the 4½ mile trail almost to ourselves. We got the impression drivers just sit in their cars and gaze across the water.
Which is probably more sensible than some of the antics we get up to in our dotage!


  1. I really hope the days fly by without you spilling any more wine and your eyes return to full vision!

    I look at your trails and long for mine... I've had a foot injury and while only running a couple of km a day I haven't been on my mountain for 2 months!

    1. I've a problem Coach, no more wine until my blood pressure is low enough for them to perform the operation - though I do have a secret weapon if that doesn't work.....
      I thought it was your hip that was the problem? Whatever, I hope you're soon fully recovered and back running on your precious mountain again.
      All the best....

  2. Hang in there, Gordon - February 4th is just around the corner! Wishing you a hugely successful operation and speedy recovery!

    1. Thanks Karien. As I said, I'm counting the hours and can't wait for the day when I can see clearly again. I might need your prayers for that day - and everyone else's too.
      Keep on running in that wonderful African sunshine. Cheers!

  3. Hi Gordon, thanks for your kind comments on my blog (especially since you could almost run 2 marathons in the time it takes me to run one!!!). I'm keeping my fingers crossed for your eye operation and will be interested to see how quickly you recover. I have a vested interest as I've been told I will need the very same operation sooner rather than later (my pressures are high and there's a history of glaucoma in my family). Feb 4th will come around quickly now and you'll soon be seeing clearly again and running with confidence. Take care, Susie x

    1. Hi Susie. It's 21 years since my sub 3 hour marathon days. You're well ahead of me now. You'll have no problem reaching the 100 mark.
      After Feb 4th I've got to decide whether to have the other eye done. Then there'll be visits to the optician for new specs - and the added expense of prescription sunglasses before I go abroad again. It could be some time before things are back to normal.
      Wishing you all the best.

  4. Spilling wine !!!
    Now that is serious !!!

    No, joking aside, hope your operation goes well - not long to wait now - and I read with interest that Dr Musa likes, "Fishing, fell-walking and football" .

    As always I wish you ...

    All the best Jan

    1. Thanks again for your good wishes Jan. That wine (Merlot) made quite a mess of the tablecloth too!
      I'm trying to get Dr Musa interested in fell running, but he thinks running is boring. With me it's quite the reverse. We don't see eye to eye, so to speak....
      Cheers for now.

  5. Your photos are beautiful, as always!
    Good luck with the operation. I hope everything is back to normal as quick as can be.

    1. Thanks Barb, your pictures are pretty good too. Love your Tofino sunset.
      The operation had better go right, we've booked a holiday in the sun. Thanks for dropping by.