The slow journey back

The slow journey back

Hi folks,

Yes, the stranger is slowly returning.

As I’ve mentioned before, I have been resting the eyes a fair bit and mostly focusing my creativity around music and singing. I’ve also been job hunting. When not doing these I have been catching up on television. But I might talk about this latter in another post.

So where am I at?

My eye recovery has been slow but steady. My most recent visit to my eye surgeon was about a week ago.

I must admit that I approached him with a fair bit of frustration. Frustration over the fact that I seemed to be taking so long to regain useful vision. Frustration that every eye specialist that I have spoken with seems to feel that they know my vision better than I do.


A few months back when I visited the Vision Australia cornea expert to assess my vision one of the brilliant comments I received was “at least you can tell the edges of objects and you don’t have any tripping issues.”


Just because I can read faint giant letters on big charts, that apparently means that I never trip over things. Let me tell you, I trip over things on a daily basis. It has nothing to do with edge perception (albeit that is a bit rough too) and everything to do with my fairly limited depth perception.


Anyway, that is just one example and I could rant on forever but I won’t. Fact is, these doctors may be good at surgery or figuring out the nature of disorders, but none of them has any idea what it is like suffering from the disorder.

Now my other frustration is the way that these experts figure out your prescription. Mostly it’s a game of “better” or “worse” as they change lenses. If you try to explain that a certain lens may make the outline clearer but distorts the shape and doubles the number that you see then you are quickly shut down. “Better” or “worse” are the only acceptable answers. In the end I usually go with clearer multiples that lean right.

So before my last visit I drew a picture. I cannot show it to you because I gave it to him , but it essentially showed the same object (a rectangle) overlapping itself with the left hand side being clear and the right hand side being blurry and the middle rectangle being slightly bigger.

Well, it worked. It got his attention and we started from scratch with some different experimentation of lenses. Yippee.

The result is a much better view of the world. This said, I am still waiting for my new glasses to arrive as they have to be made overseas due to complexity.

At this point let me mention that I wear glasses where possible to fight my keratoconus and not contacts. Contacts irritate the living daylight out of my eyes. Unfortunately contact lenses are recommended. I choose to ignore the recommendation and manage to cope.

Anyway, enough of my whining.

My music and singing is going well.  My personal repertoire consists of:

  • Everybody loves Somebody Sometime
  • Sway
  • Volare
  • Spanish Eyes
  • Beyond the Sea
  • That’s Amore
  • Quando Quando Quando
  • Can’t help falling in love with you
  • Love Me Tender
  • It’s now or never
  • Fly me to the moon
  • Que sera sera
  • White Christmas
  • What a Wonderful World
  • Unforgettable
  • Bad Moon Rising
  • Ring of Fire
  • Monster Mash
  • Daydream Believer

I’ve also got some duets that I do with my mate Jon that include some Beetles, Neil Diamond, Cliff Richard and so on.

As an aside I’ve been working with teaching Rhiannon the guitar. At school she will be having a guitar test on Wednesday. I’ve taught her a very basic version of “Wild Thing” by the Troggs (albeit she agrees with me in liking the Goodies version).

I’ve also started reading books again – slowly but surely. Really missed reading. And I went whale watching!

Anyway, in my next few posts I may discuss science fiction TV shows, books, and whales :)

Hope you are all well :)





  1. So good to hear from you and I’m glad the progress is the right way, even if you’re apparently on foot and not on the bullet train of recovery. I read as far as ““Better” or “worse” are the only acceptable answers.” and thought ‘Greg needs to get in touch with his inner b*****.’ “What? Call yourself a doctor, are you listening to me??? Are you an eye doctor because you’re deaf??? Are you a machine that only accepts binary answers?? If so, why not replace you with a machine??? Is this a hobby or are you expecting to get paid for this gig, because if you’re expecting to get paid, you have to remember the first rule of business, the customer is always right, and this customer is not seeing ‘better or worse’, he’s seeing something that requires explanation, to be listened to by a human with a brain, who actually gives a flying….”. Alternatively: ‘How do I complain about you?’


    1. Yep, I know. It’s astonishing. This said, his surgery skills were marvellous and more than made up for his manner. Even the second opinion agreed that the surgery was well done. I guess a lot of brilliant people have personality limitations. But at least I am slowly returning :) Good to see you again :)


    2. Theres a old saying medicine.
      Better for the talented sugeon to rudely tell you he saved your spinal cord.
      Than the hack who can with great empathy and elocution tell you that youl never walk again.
      Its very rare to be a genius across both sides of the corpus callosum


  2. Greg, you are a man of many talents. It must be wonderful to be able to express yourself through music, both as an instrumentalist and vocalist. How proud you must be too that your daughter also has a musical bent.
    Great to know too that you are now well on the way to recovery after all the frustrations with you sight and the time it is taking to reach your expectations.
    Good to have you back.


    1. Thanks so much :) I suspect that everyone has these talents in them. Talents are like little shoots sprouting from the soil: water and nourish them and they will grow :) It’s good to be back – even if only a little to begin with. I pushed my vision too much yesterday and ended up being completely blurred for an hour or so. Am currently using the computer for job hunting and stying up till midnight staring into a screen was a bad idea. I’m not sure that Rhiannon considers herself musical, but she was surprised/delighted when suddenly an E minor chord suddenly worked for her (after a few weeks of practice, mind you). As I said, I think everyone can learn these things with persistence. :)


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