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dad’s eyeball plus needle . . . times four

eyeballI considered including a real picture of a real eyeball with a real needle inserted through the membrane – but I decided against it.

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About a year ago Lee’s dad woke up one morning with his vision slightly blurred in one eye.

He thought it would go away.

It did not.

So he went to the eye doctor, who informed him that he had a detached retina and he would have to undergo surgery.

He did.

The surgery involved the use of a needle to remove the juice (that’s a medical term) out of his eyeball, allowing the doctor to use a laser to reattach the retina, and then replacing the juice with some kind of gas.

The recovery involved my dad spending 5 days laying, sitting, and (only very rarely) standing with his face looking at the ground.

The surgery was bad, but he said the recovery was worse.

. . . . . .

Then the retina pulled away again because scar tissue formed.

So he had surgery again, this time having his eyeball filled with silicon.

. . . . . .

Then the retina pulled away again.

So he had surgery again.

And he walked around for 5 months with a silicon jelly filled eyeball, playing golf, driving to work. meeting his granddaughter, being a great husband and father.

. . . . . .

Then the retina pulled away again.

So he is having surgery again . . . today.

He may be done with the surgery as I write this, I don’t know for sure.

What I did know is that my dad said it was likely he would never see out of his left eye again . . . that his doctor seemed to indicate that they had to get the retina re-attached so that he could keep the eye.

. . . . . .

Needless to say, this has been hard on my dad (and my mom), and we would all appreciate your prayers that the surgery would go well and the retina would remain attached.

Pray that he would retain vision in his eye, perhaps even be able to see with normal clarity.

Crazier things have happened.  God has done crazier things – after all, didn’t Jesus rub spitty mud in a man’s eye and turn blindness into sight?

. . . . . .

Have you ever been plagued by an ailment that wouldn’t go away, only to eventually learn that God was using it to teach you a lesson?

If so, what did you learn and how does that lesson affect your life?

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