Re: Don't take it for granted
Mark writes:As photographers we put a premium on sight. We see things others don't. We preserve things for others to remember. We document the lessons of history in the hopes that future generations are not doomed to repeat them.
Yet don't forget to enjoy the moment. This week I found out the wife likely has a form of Wet Age related Macular degeneration. She may be looking at an injection in the eye once a month for life. I am really hopeful the Affordable Care act is overturned because she would be the type that would be too expensive for many to consider it worth the cost for her to keep the sight in that eye. Yes I have read all 2200 pages and the rationing board IS in there. I am very worried she would be one of the first deemed too expensive to keep treating.
I hope the treatment works out well for your wife Mark.My grandfather, a cinematographer and amateur photographer had his retina detach due to an advanced form of wet AMD. He was also the first person to undergo laser treatment here in australia for this which resulted in him recovering, but with multiple image vision. Oddly though after a few months he got used to it all and took to driving again although it was always best to use a seatbelt and close your eyes when travelling with him. He got back to photography and painting - and became convinced sight was as much a process of the brain as the eyes .. especially after reading of inverted image experiments.
On the whole he was delighted with his new view of the world and felt indebted to those who had zapped his eyes. The rest of us were not so convinced, but he seemed happy and really did enjoy driving a lot even though it induced utter terror in others. I'm sure things have progressed since the 80's but her optho would know better than others what treatment best suits her.
Here in the land of the homosexual communists (Robert really should have got out of Sydney) our free health system simply has 'waiting lists' which are apparently administered by the hospitals. Not perfect by any means, and one bad egg can screw the system sure, but no one is *denied* treatment . I had advanced tonsillitis diagnosed at 41 and found myself under the knife and home inside of a month. Others in their 20's I later discovered had been on the waiting list for this surgery for nearly 2 years.. so someone felt my situation was dire. People also have the choice to have relatively cheap private insurance (as the government still picks up some of the bill) or pay and go to private hospitals if they want immediate treatment.
The health system in the US is a mystery to those of us outside your country, but the rule for us travelling there is to make damned sure we have good travel insurance ..
again, I hope your wife and you see this through k