Simple Human Interactions

I spent this afternoon at Costa Coffee inside the Odeon Cinema foyer at Silverlink Shopping Park waiting for my car to be serviced at a nearby Citroën dealership. Having bought coffee and cake, I told the staff to let me know if they needed the table, especially in the light of reduced capacity with all the coronavirus social distancing measures, as I had done in McDonald’s in the morning.

An elderly lady and her middle-aged daughter came and enjoyed some refreshments before going into the cinema. As they left, I was still in the same place doing personal business on my Chromebook. They came over and struck up conversation, quite concerned that I had nowhere to go.

They were genuinely relieved when I explained why I was 35 miles away from home and could only have my car serviced there because it came free as part of the original sales agreement. Oh, how we laughed. Life’s little interactions are important, always talk to people whenever you have the opportunity.

Should have gone to Specsavers!

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Those in the UK will readily appreciate the visual joke, but it clearly doesn’t take much working out. The title for this post is the tag line of adverts for the Specsavers chain of opticians and audiologists (yes, they do hearing tests as well).

It was over 10 years ago that I experienced a posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) in my right eye. This sounds serious, but it’s simply a condition where part of your vitreous gel comes away from the retina at the back of your eye. It can occur as part of the natural ageing process and causes no long term harm, although it’s vital it’s checked out because it can lead to more serious conditions. It was quite dramatic when it happened because I didn’t know what was going on, and it’s often associated with flashes in the peripheral vision, along with floaters and very tiny dots (red blood cells) in your vision. It all cleared up without any problems, although floaters are fact of life as you get older. Fortunately, the brain adapts and they become less obvious.

Just under 2 years ago, the same thing happened in my left eye. I was public speaking at the time, but this time I knew what was happening, so I just carried on. As soon as possible afterwards I attended the eye casualty department of my local hospital, and they confirmed what I thought had happened.

I’ve had some occasional problems with that eye ever since, and so when I booked my routine eye test I jumped at the chance to have an extended test (for £10) that examined the back of my eyes in far more detail. Everything was fine and I could read the line of letters below the one described as 20/20 vision, so I was a happy bunny and celebrated with a cappuccino at Costa Coffee next door!

I have to be vigilant though, the symptoms of PVD are similar to retinal detachment. So please have regular eye tests, as they can show up a whole variety of problems that can be dealt with early. Most importantly, if you suspect anything amiss (especially if something like a dark curtain comes across your vision), seek urgent medical attention immediately.

To look after your eyes on a day-to-day basis; make sure you keep well-hydrated, get plenty of sleep, and avoid stress. All of those things, of course, are good for your general health and wellbeing.

Buy me a coffee

This blog is important to me, and I know that many have been encouraged by it, especially the devotional posts. I seek to provide an independent and personal space to share an eclectic mix of content, which will always be free.

If you appreciate my varied content, you might like to Buy Me a Coffee to enjoy in a coffee shop while writing.

I’ve previously set up a GoFundMe page to help fund the running expenses of this personal blog. These comprise the costs of owning a personal web domain, providing an ad-free blog, and other WordPress services. Donations received this way will help maintain this site in the future.

You can buy me a coffee here, many thanks, John.

GoFundMe – Personal Blog Costs

I’ve set up a GoFundMe page to help fund the running expenses of this personal blog. These comprise the costs of owning a personal web domain, providing an ad-free blog, and other WordPress services.

I seek to provide an independent and personal space to share an eclectic mix of content. My target amount represents costs I have already incurred. Donations received will help maintain this site in the future.

This blog is important to me, and I know that many have been encouraged by it, especially the devotional posts. My content will always be free, but I will be grateful if you are able to donate towards my ongoing costs.

You can donate here, many thanks, John.

Note: If you prefer, you can Buy Me a Coffee.