Wednesday, January 9, 2013


So, what's next?
Hardly ever what you expect.
See, the details change.
Like the cataracts I didn't know I had.
Now I can't see the details at all.

But they do explain all the fits and starts
I've had in the studio in the last few months.
Actually, this might not be a totally bad thing...
Now I can't get fussy with my painting.
Definitely a plus.
For instance, now fussy and fuzzy look about the same.
I'm tellin' ya, this could be good.

So I'm doing what any mature adult would do.
I'm running away.
Ima goin to Oahu,
back to the North Shore.

When I get back from Hawaii at the end of the month,
I can just have them removed
maybe get some vision correction done at the same time.
Probably a plus.


Do I sound casual?

Are the drugs working?


Shelley Smart said...

Cataracts? Me, too. I kept trying to clean my glasses and it never got unblurry. Except mine (one) was diagnosed like two years ago, and the Dr. said you have to wait until it's bigger. Bigger? Excuse me, YOU try painting and just reading and all with a cataract and you say wait?? Reason being if it's small, it could grow back, I guess. So I am adapting, I'm sure I default to the other eye. And they will only remove ONE at a time because what if something happened to both of them?? And it is weeks of eye drops but all who have had them removed say it was a great thing. Of course, having only one means only one eye gets the correction. And only one eye gets that really funky reflection in it, creepy I say.

I wish I could go to Oahu to whine, too.

Carry on, you'll be fine.

SamArtDog said...

Shelley --
I'd have been perfectly happy to only have Maine in common. But cataracts? Should we blame Maine?

Incidentally, am NOT going to Oahu to whine. Maybe just to wine a little.

Shelley Smart said...

Oh, I didn't mean YOU will whine, but that I would like to go there for any reason including whining, but I like wine-ing better! Have a great trip!

PS what causes cataracts any way?

Nancy Colella said...

Holy Sht. I have them too! Same situation. Have to wait until they get worse! I keep cleaning my glasses and the blur is still there. I thought only old people got cataracts!!! (I'm 63 but act like I'm 42 so does that count?) Painting, reading, driving,cooking- you name it. They are all taking on a new twist! Thank God I am so good at the wine-ing.....Have fun in Hawaii. Don't hurt yourself!

SamArtDog said...

Well, from your responses, we're proving you don't have to be old to get cataracts.

A mildly disturbing detail, however; we all be wimmins! Perhaps that's because we're the only ones to admit it. Hmmm... I think any male cataract-carriers out there better man up.

hw (hallie) farber said...

Cataracts? My former ophthalmologist said I'd probably never have to worry about cataract removal; my new one said, "Let's think about cataract surgery." My former ophthalmologist(s) had me on glaucoma drops for 10 years; the new one says "Let's take you off the drops and I'll do laser surgery." My new ophthalmologist speaks with the same accent I hear when I call for computer tech help--so I think this is what he said. I may just cancel my next appointment.

The question is--if we elders are viewing through cataracts, will we like your new work? Will we notice the difference?

Men get cataracts, too--my husband had them removed. I drove him to the hospital at 5:30 a.m. several years ago. And hit a deer. His surgery was done by my former ophthalmologist, whom I liked and trusted; unfortunately, he passed away at too early an age.

Happy vacation.

Shelley Smart said...

Hmph, I've heard of a man or two having cataracts but my husband who is MUCH older than me with pale blue eyes and tons of time out in the California sun has nary a one. Not fair. And he doesn't paint.

Celeste Bergin said...

whoa! Maybe I will ask expressly about this. I have blurry vision. This news had to come as a surprise to you. I bet you will sail through the procedure!

Randall David Tipton said...

Sorry to hear about this Sam!