I have decided to give you your flowers while you’re still here. A wonder–a mystic amongst Gods and the ungodly. You have always been captivating. I never wanted to sing. I never wanted to dance. But I have always wanted to write, and you paved the way for me to have this voice–my voice in a world of chaotic flows and shiftless thoughts. You have conquered a sea of endless pain and lived to testify.
Millions of people sing your songs at the top of their lungs–breaths poured into the air that land at your feet. We still stand in awe of you; so incredibly in love with you, we speak your name . . . Tina.
Legends can be born To be what legends should be You are so much more
And now, one of my favorite Tina Turner songs.
I wrote this poem and shared it here on November 26, 2022, when this amazing Queen was still breathing. She still lives. She always will. Rest in Power.
if you are lucky — blessed — you have someone monitoring your health as best as they can. if you’re falling off in any way, they’re there to pick you back up and remind you, “There’s still living to do.”
I now know the importance of keeping my eyes shielded for as long as I can. wearing scleral contacts for at least ten hours per day has helped my left eye, however, my right eye is progressing. according to my optometrist, I’m still in a range she thinks is “gradual” and nothing to be concerned about surgically, just yet.
she agrees with me that we should allow the additional six months and reassess in November to see where I stand. will my sight continue to betray me or will it slow its pace in progression and stave off surgical procedures for a few years or more?
I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
she also broke down Corneal Collagen Cross-linking to me in a way that didn’t terrify me or cause me to fear attending anymore ophthalmology follow-up appointments. she smiled gingerly and said, “I hate to say this, but most surgeons are trained to give you the worst-case scenario, and then I have to . . . clean up the mess.”
I listened to her as each step was explained, reiterated, and filtered to my understanding, and I breathed a sigh of relief. if this procedure is needed by the end of the year or later, I feel less worried about the possibility of having it performed.
when one’s vision is steadily running in the opposite direction of the sighted, what does one do? hope. pray. follow all necessary precautions. pray some more. purchase all the expensive items necessary for the care and maintenance of the $3,500.00 each, priced lenses.
Can’t let these go to waste, right?
and as I continue to lose my sight in one eye, it is strengthening in the other. what can this mean? what does this mean? is there even any meaning to it?
my optometrist is happy with my vision as it stands currently. I could see what I needed to see and people, places, and things are still sharper in my line of sight. it’s a small thing but a big thing, too.
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