Embracing Life’s Moments – One Vision At A Time

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Saturdays With Mahalia

My Saturday date will be arriving soon. It is about 1:00 in the morning and sleep has eluded me. Actually, it tried to come upon me but my head is full of ideas for articles, features and stories that I would like the Contributors to help me bring to you. Most of the day was spent nursing a headache, one that came upon me after spending many hours on Thursday at the eye surgeon’s office having pre-op tests done.

Yes, my eyesight has been affected due to cataracts and other complications to the point that surgery is now required. One of the first things I had to do when I realised this was compare ophthalmologist vs optometrist, to see which kind of treament I needed.
Some members of the team that I have the privilege of managing in my day job were asking me whether I was anxious about the upcoming surgery. I told them that I was visiting somewhere similar to Clarity Eye and Surgery Centre and ever since, they’ve been asking hundreds of questions about it. Everyone keeps asking me whether I’m nervous about the surgery!

“No, I am not,” was my response and it was a very truthful one in the moment it was given. However, after being zapped, popped and scrutinized for about three hours on Thursday, my head not my eyes protested. As I had taken the day off from work, my thought was to come home and rest for the evening. That turned out to be wishful thinking as a crisis came up at my day job and I felt compelled to go in to calm the seas.

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Listen When Your Body Speaks

A couple of hours after leaving a fractured team, some smarting from my rebuke and others thankful that some dirty laundry was aired, I returned home with a massive headache that refused to leave me into the night and today. At 5:00 Friday morning when I woke up and felt my head still heavy and pounding, it was clear to me that another day off was in the making.

Has you head even hurt you so badly and deeply that it felt as if your eyes would pop and no amount of painkillers would make it stop? Pill popper I am not, so aside from the ones that I take for my pre-existing condition of diabetes, most of Friday was spent in solitude and in the quietude of my apartment.

The thought of the surgery kept creeping up on me and the “what if’s:”

  • What if your eyesight is worse than it is now?
  • What if your only sight of your Kitten’s first steps is blurred?
  • What if you cannot afford to have the specialised lenses put in when the time comes?

Flustered by the amount of negative possibilities that I allowed to take hold of me, I decided to leave the house and distract myself. I did the only shopping that I absolutely love doing – grocery shopping. I also visited a furniture store just to browse, and while in conversation with a sales agent there, I remembered my interview with Carol Graham of Battered Hope later this afternoon.

Battered Hope, Restoring Faith

Claudette P. Esterine at the microphone (2009)

Up until Thursday, I was anticipating this interview and recalled that Carol was very specific about the type of microphone that I needed to have for good sound quality. As I chatted with Dustin, the sales agent, about furniture out of the blue it hit me that I should have ordered the microphone online. Well, I made a mad dash for Best Buy and got one and so, Carol, I am ready and waiting for your call.

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My granddaughter will be with me during the interview and that should prove to be interesting as she is a talker herself.

Come what may when Canada’s healthcare system allows for me to have my eye surgery, I will have these memories, clear as day in my heart and mind:

  1. Saturdays with my granddaughter who whistles like a bird and dances to any beat
  2. Conversations on finding peace and restoring your faith after living through childhood abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault
  3. Being up until after 1:00 in the morning, writing blog posts, re-designing and adding elements to this blog to make sure that your reading experience is first class.

Am I worried about the surgery? No, I have accepted what is, no pity party is being held, and looking forward to the next moments. Life has been good to me, around each corner and bend, and it will continue to take care of me around this one as well. As the song says, “Don’t worry, be happy,” and might I add – in all things give thanks.

What are some of your life’s moments that have given you cause to pause? How did you move on? Be sure to Subscribe and be updated when my interview with Carol is posted as well as receive unpublished and subscribers’ only offers.


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25 thoughts on “Embracing Life’s Moments – One Vision At A Time

  1. I hope your surgery goes well. I also know how the headaches can be, sorry you have to go through that. I get migraines so bad that they cause my vision to become impaired. Definitely not any fun at all.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Ouch! Headaches can be very, very, disruptive in our lives can they now? I hope you have found a way to ease your migraines? πŸ™‚

  2. Hope your surgery goes well! You are in my thoughts!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you very much! I am awaiting a date from the surgeon.

  3. Hope your surgery goes smoothly, and you have a very quick recovery! two of my kiddos had eye surgery and I think the worst was waiting!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Your children? How old? Thanks for the well wishes. Namaste πŸ™‚

  4. As a frequent migraine sufferer, I am sorry to hear about your headache! I am sure your surgery will go well -but it will be nice to have it over… hopefully soon. Best wishes – and I will watch for your interview on Battered Hope!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you Susan, you are always so kind. I hope you have found some remedy for your migraines? πŸ™‚ Namaste.

  5. best of luck on your surgery, eyes is very important and thus needed to be treated properly πŸ™‚

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes, you are right! Thank you very much! πŸ™‚

  6. Elizabeth O.

    I am having some issues, too and I’m praying that I don’t have to go through surgery. Good luck to you. I hope everything turns out well.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Oh my,I hope you are not like me and are having those issues attended to so you will not need surgery. If you do, well know that there is a line up of people standing in the gap for you. Namaste. πŸ™‚

  7. I am not a pill popper, too. It’s very important to listen to your body, so things won’t get worse. Good luck on the surgery.

    1. Ms Claudette

      It most certainly is and as we mature in age and body we either get better at listening or the body get better at “shutting up.” Namaste

  8. I hope everything works out with your surgery! I’ll be looking for good updates!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you! I will keep you postdated. Waiting on a date from the surgeon – with all the benefits of our much lauded healthcare system here in Canada, we do have extremely long waiting list. I have been placed, thankfully, on a fast track list. Namaste. πŸ™‚

  9. Listening to your body is very important!

  10. I am hoping for the best turnout. A positive outlook always helps.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you and yes, being positive is the key! πŸ™‚

  11. I agree, listening to our bodies is so important!!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Glad that you do πŸ™‚

  12. Prayers for a quick and easy surgery and fast recovery and of course that the outcome be the best it can be!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you very much. πŸ™‚

  13. The best of luck with your surgery. Its good that you pay attention to your body, so many people will just ignore any possible signs of an illness.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you and yes we do have to pay attention to the cues that our bodies give to us. Namaste

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