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From: China 浙江(zhe jiang) 杭州(hang zhou ) @JohnAbbot Time : 2018-12-24 13:52:06

I would also like to make a Christmas wish for everyone, but also describe the Christmas gift I just received and by way of doing that explain and apologize to members and especially to the bloggers for my mostly being absent over the past few days. 

I'll start by way of explaining my recent lack of attention to the blogs and forum other than to simply approve comments as they were showing up. A week ago tonight I was walking down our lane in the late evening when I noticed some sort of flashing lights in the sky off to my left. They were in my peripheral vision and no matter how hard I tried I couldn't get a good focus on them by looking at them directly.

Soon enough I realized that the reason I couldn't get a good look at them was because they were not up in the sky, but were inside my eye, off in the left corner. Needless to say once I realized that, I was somewhat concerned. So I headed home and did what anyone would do in such a situation. I poured myself a healthy shot of rum.

However, a couple of days later, since the little bolts of lightning in my eye had, if anything, gotten worse, I decided to let commn sense kick in and looked up "flashing lights in my eye" on the internet.

I very quickly discovered that flashing lights in your eye, regardless of the form they may take, is usually a sign that your retina is being tugged on by a hardening of the gel in your eye. Importantly, while it isn't always the case, it is usually a warning that if you don't get your eye looked at pronto by a qualified Opthamologist there's a very good chance your retina will become detached from the back of your eye, in which case you will promptly, and very likely permanently, go blind in that eye. 

Over the course of the next couple of days I did manage, with the help of a good Doctor friend, to locate a highy qualified Opthamologist who specializes in retinas specifically, and who speaks passable English. He was in the very large city that is about an hour's drive from the small city I live in.

This was late Friday afternoon, and when I described my situation to him he said "I'll see you tomorrow morning at 10 AM in my office." Since I knew his regular hours did not include working on Saturday, I cleverly surmised that he thought this was pretty, damned serious, so I accepted his terms.

When I saw him the next morning he did a very thorough examination of both my eyes, using a first class piece of equipment with the brightest damned light I can remember ever having shone in my eye from about 1/4 of an inch away. After what was about 5 minutes, but seemed like an hour with that light in my eye, of being asked to look at his hand from every possible angle with each of my eyes, he then finally put that damned light away and led me back to his desk to take a seat.

That's when he gave me the best Christmas present I have received in many, many years.  "You're lucky you got in as quickly as you did," he said, "because your retina has not started to detach itself, but it was in danger of doing so at anytime." He then put some serious eyedrops in my left eye and gave me a prescription for more of the same. I have to religiously use the drops three times a day, and be careful not to jar or jolt my eye in anyway. I am to go back on December 27th to be sure everything is back to normal, which he is confident it will be.

My hope is that I am now giving you a Christmas present by providing this information. Because this is something that apparently happens to many people as they get older. Frequently they do not take it seriously and try to let it simply slowly fade away. For those who do that, they inevitably find themselves very suddenly and permanently unable to see out of the eye that is flashing it's warning lights to them.

So I hope for you that when you find lighs flashing in your eye you will remember reading this and will immediately go find a good opthamologist to get you through this issue without any serious repercussions. If that happens, then this will have been my Christmas gift to you. That is my wish. 

Meanwhile, may all of you have a very, very Merry Christmas this year and may the coming year be the best you have ever had. And may you find your one true love here on CLM or ALM this year, if you haven't already done so.

Merry Christmas to All, and to All a Good Year.

Cheers, John

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From: United Kingdom Gloucestershire Newent @lembu22 Time : 2018-12-24 16:19:04 #1

@JohnAbbot  Congratulations on your lucky escape.  Polyphemus.

From: Switzerland Bern - Berne Bern @kalzorch Time : 2018-12-25 21:53:57 #2

Thanks, John, for the Christmas present.  For those of us who aren't getting any younger, it is a truly helpful bit of advice.  Your Christmas present is clearly that a potentially catastrophic situation has been successfully averted, and we all share in your rejoicing.

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