what modern day service or item can you not imagine living without?
When I was little I didnt have vision. My whole life. It never bothered me. The only hard part was I had to keep reminding myself that the people around me, didnt see the way I did.
When I was 21 I was approached by a group of eye surgeons. They wanted to take my "lense" of my eye out and give me a new one. I thought they were crazy. They told me that even though I had permanant nerve damamge and wouldnt be able to see tiny little spots... for the most part could restore my vision. That in fact the technology had been around for decades.
...after a few months I said yes. I never felt like anything was missing in my life. My vision never bothered me in the slightest. Only hard part all those years was constantly having to remind myself that others didnt see the world as I did.
When the process began they made videos of everything. My office visits, while asking questions about my daily life, how I did things like drawing, and writing. They made copies of my case history except they left out my name. Then they were all set and I was told to go to a surgical center where they video taped my eye surgery. I don't remember any of it. I remember being scared, but that is all.
A week later when I was finally allowed to take the metal protector off for a legenth of time, I could see. I could see better in my "blind eye" than I could with my "good eye". I was so happy. It was a new world. ..and the new world also made me dizzy and vomit. It would end up taking 2 months before I was used to every day things. I was closely followed through the entire process. Everything was documented, even the embarrassing stuff like stumbling down stairs and struggling to write.
I never had to pay for anything. I just had to agree to let them document everything. Now one of the doctors who helped me when I was 21 is my regular eye surgeon now. I couldnt imagine not having this technology. Though I have lost my vision a few times in both eyes this last year due to "protein build up" & Cells stripping... It is nothing like it was. Even if I loose it tomorrow I will have had nearly 10 years with this wonderful technology. The wonderful thing that let me see details. The shades of green in the trees. How high off the ground I am. The fuzzy hairs on my daughters heads when they wake up. Technology now days is mind boggling. I couldnt imagine being without it.
p.s. 2 years ago my eye surgeon met someone just like me. A 28yr old mother in colorado with 3 children. He has only met 2 of "us" his enitre career and he is 52yrs old now.
TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood Chronic Pain ModeratorMail