I was blind but now I see

By Janet Walgren
This will be a short post written with a very grateful heart. I have been blind in my left eye since 2004… I was only able to see shadows. This condition put a great strain on my right eye so much that I seldom read a book or anything printed on paper. Today I had surgery on my left eye and to my delight was reading signs in the recovery room before the doctor put a shield on it to protect it while it heals. I can see!!!

Recently a blogger I read discussed liberal arts educations vs. speciality educations. I am grateful for both. I felt a deep sense of gratitude for the doctors and nurses that attended me today. Without their countless years of dedication and study, I could not have experienced the miracle of sight today or back in 2003 when my other eye was operated on. I know that their skill is the result of their sacrifice of time, money and the pursuit of pleasure. I know that their families shared in their sacrifice. I just want to say thank you to everyone who helped in restoring my sight today. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

And thank you to everyone who sacrifices time, mind, money and life to make this world a better place for all mankind.


3 Responses to I was blind but now I see

  1. marlajayne says:

    What a great story! I’m so happy for you. I’ve read that perhaps as much as 80 percent of what we know about the world comes to us through our eyes. How someone could know or measure that, I don’t know. I do know, however, that vision is nothing short of miraculous.

    I don’t mean to go on and on about this, but I’ve thought many times about how fortunate we are to live in the United States with so much technology and knowledge. People in less fortunate places have eye diseases and go blind because they don’t have the specialists and the medicines that we do. It’s gratifying to me when I read about doctors who go on mission trips to these countries to treat these problems…and many, many more.

  2. Donna says:

    I am glad for the experts that saved your sight or returned it. What great news! I am glad things went well.

    Once upon a time people received both. The Liberal arts education was the foundation that educated people shared in common, a common language, and understanding. The specialization was built on that foundation. We were blessed as a nation for it. Unfortunately, we have thrown out the baby with the wash. There are some that still do both, but far too few. It does not have to be an either or thing.

    I for one would like to return to a solid liberal arts foundation and the tools it brings to all fields, to take our creative expertise to a whole new level:)

    Amazing grace, that you can now see!

  3. Heather says:

    Congrats on the sight! How wonderful for you to be able to see all the beauty around you. I think all of us tend to take some things for granted. I ride the train to a certain stop every work day, yet, until last week, I never realized that the ceiling of the shelters at this stop have pictures of old architectural gems from the community! How blind I was to the beauty that, if not under my nose, was right above my head.

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