I'm not new to talking, sharing ideas, or stating my opinion, especially stating my opinion! After all, I taught elementary school for 30 years! However, my audience has typically been smaller,just family, the classroom, or just talking to myself!

My blog has two goals: be an outlet for sharing thoughts on writing children's books and the path to publication (got my fingers crossed that I'll get there) and a place to chronicle my journey of losing my sight. Sometimes I imagine these two paths will overlap .

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Visualeyes 16

Happy Valentine's Day to all!

I am still in Boston, visiting with my mom who is still in the hospital after 2 surgeries in one day, excessively low blood pressure, and needing two units od blood to stabilize her.... and we're keeping our fingers crossed that today will be the day she can be sent to the rehab center- that's physical rehab, not substance abuse, although I'm getting closer to the substance abuse myself with all this sitting around in the hospital!

This past week, as Mom was leaving for the first of two surgeries in ONE day, I was trying to quickly gather up her stuff, not knowing if she'd come back to the same room. I was looking for her glasses but couldn't see them. I asked the nurse- we'll just call her Nurse CrankyPants- if she knew where they were. She pointed to the nightstand and said "over thayer[thick Bahston ahccent].  I still couldn't find them so I asked again. She got snarky with me and said,"they're right there, don't you see them???" Well, being the gentle soul that I am, and a believer in tolerance-for-all, I turned to her, smiled and replied: " I'm sorry but I don't see well. I'm losing my vision, I'm going blind![smile]"  Nurse CrankyPants suddenly became less snarky, grabbed hold of my arms and apologized. Lesson learned. Changing someone's view is always a good feeling :-)

So happy day to you and remember to count your blessings. It could always be worse. Think I'll go eat some chocolate now.......


  1. Oh my, I bet that nurse felt pretty crappy after that comment. Good for you for reminding her to take the time to see things from someone elses perspective. Hope your mom feels better soon!

  2. Hoping Mom is better! (Been there-done that. Needed a long vacation after :-)

    And may Nurse CrankyPants (love that name!) learn a lesson or two!

  3. es, I hope CrankyPants thinks before speaking in the future. Mom is coming along. As for the vaca after caregiving? SpringMingle in Atlanta will have to suffice! One day grace period then fly back to Boston!