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Category: Adversity | Posted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 10:20 am

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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eileen wrote on Thu Dec 11, 2008 10:39 am:

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.

Allan Perry wrote on Thu Dec 11, 2008 10:56 am:

Thank you Eileen,finding that slot is so important to us all,
and I am sure that David will,it will interesting to see how life unfolds


Frank wrote on Thu Dec 11, 2008 2:13 pm:

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.


Droopy wrote on Thu Dec 11, 2008 2:16 pm:

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.

Allan Perry wrote on Thu Dec 11, 2008 5:36 pm:

Thank you Frank and Droopy for your comments, up until recently
David and his wife were going to move and live in Ireland
but because of his problems they decided not go and as it has turned out they have a village of friends supporting them both at a. crucial time


CritterPainter wrote on Thu Dec 11, 2008 8:29 pm:

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.

Allan Perry wrote on Fri Dec 12, 2008 9:21 am:

Thank you for your very positive comments,it will be interesting to see when he is able to move on in a positive direction,today he has a meeting with the Blind Association so hopefully something good will come of that.How did your young friend deal with a life changing event,it sounds as though the onset of blindness was rapid
which must have been extremely traumatic ?
Thanks again CritterPainter


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