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Hello! I'm a writer from central New York who has bipolar disorder. Among other topics, I write about mental illness and writing. I have short stories published in Lynx Eye, Lost Coast Review, The Outrider Review, Sliver of Stone Magazine, The Mondegreen, The Linnet's Wings, Cobalt Review, Breath & Shadow, The Round Up, Postscripts to Darkness, Masque & Spectacle, and several other journals. I have a poem in The Poeming Pigeon, essays about mental illness in The Ram Boutique and Amygdala Literary Magazine, and an essay in Parts Unbound: Narratives of Mental Illness & Health, a book that was published by Lime Hawk Literary Arts Collective. My story "Santa Lucia" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. I've written three novels entitled Purple Loosestrife, Hoping It Might Be So, and Dark and Bright, all of which are as yet unpublished. I'm working on a memoir about my experiences with bipolar disorder. I have a B.A. in English from SUNY Buffalo and an M.A. in English from SUNY College at Brockport. I hope you enjoy your visit to my blog!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Eyes

I could list many things that I try never to take for granted, and among those things would be my overall physical health, my mental health when I'm mentally healthy, and my eyes. I wear glasses all the time, from the moment I get up in the morning to the moment I'm ready to go to sleep, because of severe nearsightedness. Now, with age, I'm getting a bit farsighted, so I have a new lense prescription that I have to fill for progressives. It may sound funny, but I'm so grateful that there are such things as corrective lenses.

I got scared when about a year ago, I was diagnosed with mild glaucoma. In fact, I didn't just get scared--I kind of freaked out. My ophthalmologist reassured me that glaucoma is completely treatable and that I need not be so afraid. The first thing we tried was SLT, or selective laser trabeculoplasty. This is a laser procedure that helps to reduce pressure in the eyes. If it works, it can work for up to ten years. However, it doesn't necessarily work for everybody. Unfortunately, it didn't work for me. In recent months, my eye pressure became elevated, so my ophthalmologist prescribed eye drops called Latanoprost that I use every night. My pressure has gone down since I started the drops.

So now I'm not only grateful for corrective lenses, but also for glaucoma treatments. I'm grateful for my eyes. I'm a very visual person and need a lot of visual stimulation. My study is full of stuff to look at--for that matter, my whole house is. Some may call it clutter, but if it stirs my imagination and makes me happy, I like it.

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