On March 17th – St. Paddy’s Day, I ended the work day at about 6:00pm.  Called out to my wife (business partner) that we were going out to dinner – I wanted some Corned Beef and Cabbage.  I turned off the computer and got up from my chair, put my coat on and brushed a hair away from my eye.  That is when I started to realize that there was something going wrong.  All of a sudden I had a large floater in my eye.  Decided to head for dinner anyway.  The first stop was an Irish Bar – Nope – line out the door.  We ended up at one of our regular restaurants which was serving Corned Beef and Cabbage as its special of the day.

During dinner I knew something was going very wrong.  On the drive home, I called by brother-in-law, my Optometrist and described my symptoms.  He told me it was probably a tear in the retina.  “Should I head for the hospital ER?”  He laughed and said there was nothing they could do and that he had diagnosed 4 of these that day.  He recommended that I see the Retina guy in my building first thing the next morning. 

My luck, the guy in my building was on vacation.  I went to the Retina specialist his office recommended.  It is nice living and working in a relatively small community – you know everyone.  His office manager, who answered the phone, was a long time acquaintance, in fact, my wife was her son’s Nursery School teacher some 35 years ago.  She got me in quickly.

Got there at 11:15am and left at 3:15pm – post laser surgery on the left eye.  I had a Retinal Tear with a vitreous hemorrhage.  The process of diagnosing and lasering the area was less than fun.  It was as if he were trying to pop my eyeball out of its socket.   I will spare you the details.  I went home and slept for two hours.  What was left was a bit of soreness and impaired vision in the left eye from the hemorrhage.  Supposedly that blood will dissipate over the next period of time – a time frame that no one can define.  Right now – it is like looking through mud.

Went back for a Follow Up visit yesterday afternoon.  Now that some of the blood had moved away, he found more tears and more laser surgery ensued.  I tried to distract myself by counting laser zaps – lost count at 100.  Went home, took two aspirin and crawled into bed.  The eye is less sore today but the vision is still impaired.

I can’t complain.  I do not believe I have lost vision or peripheral vision.  For that I am happy.  That he saw me quickly and acted quickly makes me even happier.  BUT – No Exercise for a while, not even lifting anything heavy, and don’t bend down so your head is lower than your body.  Not being able to exercise – does not make me happy.  I am unable to participate in the 52DC and especially in the Insane 15,000 – I was really looking forward to kicking Capt DHD’s sorry arse.  Not lifting heavy things – prevents me from doing a bunch of projects that need doing at the house.  Not bending down – now that is a trick.  Try to realize every time you do that.  Something drops on the floor and you bend to pick it up.  On and on and on.

That is where Squats come in.  If you can’t bend – squat.  And I can, because I have been exercising and doing Squats – Who Knew.

While sitting in the Doctor’s office last Friday, I was reading the February issue of Men’s Journal.  It had a multi page spread on Gary Taubes and his version of Low Carb eating.  It was really one large advertisement for his new book, Why We Get Fat. It is an excellent article. Over the weekend, I bought the book. Reading it with one eye is a trick but it is a super book.

Anyone who has spent time fighting the battle of the bulge and ended up in the Low Carb camp will not find any real new information. He debunks two Myths: that eating less and/or exercising more is a viable treatment for obesity or overweight – summed up as Calories -in/Calories out. Both of these Myths are prevalent on the Men’s Health Forums.

I found this interesting post concerning Calories by Adam Campbell with a link to Dr. Michael Eades blog and a November 2007 rant concerning calories.  Worth the read.

I will write more about it as I move through the chapters. This is a significantly more approachable book than his last one, Good Calories, Bad Calories.