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I have a near neighbour and friend who has suffered from poor sight for a number of years,during the past year due to an infection in one eye it had to removed,
at the same time the sight in the "good" eye has deteriorated to the point that he is probably 90% blind and it may be that he will lose that eye as well.He is what I call relatively young at early
fourty and a countryman who has earned his living doing a physical job so by losing his sight he has lost his capacity to earn a living coupled with fact his life was being involved in rural pursuits.It is very difficult for him to know what the way forward is,his
humour has not left him but I am sure under the surface
he must be very nervous for what the future holds,he is very much a part of village life and many in the community do their bit to jolly him along.
I am sure that this a beginning for him not an end
but how it will evolve I am not sure.His big love is his dogs so each morning early we hook up and walk in the fields with our dogs something until two weeks ago he could do alone and unaided,but it does give us the chance to start the day with a good gossip and laugh.
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It's good to know that your neighbour has such a good friend in you Allan. A sense of humour and an optomistic outlook can go a long way to making your lot in life more acceptable. Whatever the future holds in store for your friend I hope he continues to be the same person he is today and that he'll find a new slot in life that will be just perfect for him.
I don't know how I'd react if I ever went blind. Your neighbour sounds very strong and is all the stronger to have friends like you Allan.
I'm so sorry for your neighbour's misfortune, and I hope he will manage to find new brightness in his life. We're so dependent on our eyesight and I can't imagine how it would feel to slowly loose it. My best wishes to him, he sounds like a brave man.
My heart just goes out to your friend. I went 40 percent blind in both eyes at 32, and have a young friend who is legally blind due to a drug reaction. Your friend loves dogs, so I'd say beat the bushes and find him a place that trains guide dogs. This will all be a shock for some time for him, but the sooner he starts feeling like he has some control over things, the sooner he can start fighting back. The road hasn't hit a dead end, it's just forked in an unexpected way.
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