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Ten Things I Worry About

1. My kids: I just worry about them as a general principle the way every parent does. Even though #1 Son is almost 20, I still worry every time he gets in the car. I just say a little prayer as he does so — and make it my practice to never watch him drive away from the house.

2. My sister: Diagnosed with cancer last summer, she underwent surgery and has completed chemotherapy and radiation. She is getting her energy back now. Overall, she is doing really well for which we are extremely thankful.

3. My nephews: My sister’s illness has been very rough on them, even though they try not to let it show.

4. My eyesight: I have undergone four surgeries on my left eye and have only peripheral vision in it. In early 2001, I developed a large tear in my retina which was not properly diagnosed for five weeks. Once it was, I underwent surgery, but developed scar tissue which resulted in a fully detached retina. A second surgery was performed during which my eye was filled with silicone oil and I had to sleep on my left side for nearly a year to make the oil rise and the retina adhere. Then the oil had to be removed, but it destroyed the lens so cataract surgery was next, followed by yag lasering due to a secondary cataract. My right retina has never detached, but I have had lattice degeneration, as well as tears. It has been lasered in all four quadrants to prevent a full detachment and is full of floaters.

Every morning when I wake up and realize that I can see, I know it is going to be a really, really good day. Because after that, everything else is “gravy”.

Yes, detached retinas are caused, at least in part, by stress, and I am convinced that my retinal problems are yet another way in which litigating the case of Conservatorship of Wendland for six long years took a toll on my life and that of my family. (I will write more about this in the future.)

After the health and welfare of my family and my own ability to see so that I can continue earning a living, providing for my family, and functioning as close to normally as possible under the circumstances, there is absolutely nothing else on the face of this earth worth worrying about.

So there are no item numbers 5 through 10.


8 Comments

  1. Hi, I completely understand about the family issue. Mothers tend to worry stuff like those.

    Sending prayers to your sister and that she’s doing well.

  2. I want to say how sorry I am about your sister. I like to keep her in my thoughts and daily prayers and wish her the best 🙂

    With family – I can understand about being worries in general of your kids and family. We just lucky to have them in our life and prays that they get by okay everyday 🙂 My family are like that too 🙂

    Happy Ten on Tuesday! I wish you all the best and very good day.

    Here is Mine!

  3. Yes, I would say that those first five are more than enough to worry about! My best to you and your family!

  4. Write From Karen

    Holy cow, girl. I can’t believe the problems you’ve had with your eyes! And I can’t IMAGINE what that must be like. It’s a wonder you can concentrate on anything else at all!

    And your sister’s health, and your nephew’s handling that, and your son driving (geez, I am NOT looking forward to that) … you’re a strong person, Janie.

  5. Best wishes to your sister, and I hope that everything will be okay in regards to your eyesight. You’re a very brave person!

  6. I’m really sorry to hear about your eyesight. I’ll keep your sister as well as you in my prayers.

  7. I can SO understand your worries. My goodness, you have been through so much. I always feel the people MOst appreciative of a “normal” day, are those that have been through a great deal. Many of us take for granted- GETTING out of Bed, SEEING our loved ones, Being able to do chores. We should all be thankful each day for each day.
    (As the mom of a 20 year old, BOY do I know what you mean about that car)- Stay well 🙂
    ( am I suppose to do this theme on my blog now?)

  8. All things i would worry about too. We as parents will always worry about our kids no matter how old they get.

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