- Monday – 2 mile walk
- Tuesday – yard work
- Wednesday – 1 mile walk
- Thursday – 2 mile walk
- Friday – rest day
- Saturday – yard work
Given my age and level of decrepitude, and given that it’s been so darned hot outside, (this is July in South Texas after all), I’d say this is plenty.
When I had my eye exam last week one of the topics of conversation the doctor and I covered was those floaters in my eyes. She could see them in my eyeballs when she looked with her scope. My peripheral vision checked out fine, and I don’t see flashes, so the floaters don’t signal any serious health condition. But they are quite entertaining.
Sometimes the spots, shapes, and foggy masses that drift across and hop around my field of vision seem like a host of shadow people. But I think they’re just floaters. I think…
So this morning I had my eyes examined (full exam, with dilation and everything) for the first time in four years. Now that I’m diagnosed with diabetes (type 1, controlled by diet and exercise) having such an eye exam will be an annual thing.
Not surprisingly, the prescription for my new glasses has changed quite a bit. It has become increasingly more difficult for me to see in all circumstances: distance vision, near vision, night vision, every darned thing. And I assumed (wrongly, as it turns out) that my eyes had just gotten much weaker.
The eye doctor told me this morning that she detected some slight glaucoma, but no worse than she noticed four years ago. And she saw some slight retinal tearing and slight macular degeneration, but again, this is just what she noted four years ago. However, the degree of astigmatism in my vision is much less now than it was previously, And my distance vision and near vision are quite a bit stronger than they were previously!
Wow Zoopers! I may be getting older, but my eyes are getting stronger! How about THAT!? The Optometrist attributed the improvement in my vision to the facts that: 1.) I’m now treating my blood pressure with medication; 2.) I’m no longer smoking, and; 3.) that I’m eating better now. Sylvia’s good home-cooking that I eat every day since I’ve fully retired is helping to improve my overall health and is making my eyes stronger!
Thank you, Sylvia! 😀
So last Thursday the doctor told me to rest my arms, shoulder and neck, but to start exercising regularly as soon as I could.
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday I did little more than sit in the recliner or lie in bed. Boring! And while I was doing that the grass in my lawn, which really needed to be cut before the problem with my shoulder, etc., set in a week or so ago, kept growing. Yesterday I finally did something about it: walked down to the ice house (there and back is just about a mile) for a can of gas for the lawn mower, and I mowed the front yard.
Today the shoulder and arm aches, but that’s better than the sharp pain of the past week or so. So this afternoon I mowed the back yard. It is gratifying to be productive again!