ARE YOU IN CONTROL or DOES YOUR FOOD CONTROL YOU? For the past several years, this foodie has had to revamp my eating life style completely. Talk about an overhaul with more resistance than any revolution on earth and you have my dilemma. Four years ago, I had my physician use the words “walking time bomb” to describe my health status. What? Me? I was in shock and almost wanted to doubt him. See how much in denial I was about my health. I had only gone for blood work at the insistence of my husband who had harped that everyone needs to have lab work done once a year. I have finally forgiven him for keeping on keeping on until I went to get him to hush.

I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes with an A1C over 7 and also hypertension at a nasty level. My weight was higher than I had ever weighed and let’s include high cholesterol and triglycerides in dire strait numbers. I walked out of his office in a fog state of mind. What had happened to me in the last ten years? Yes, that was how long it had been since I had a full blood work up and I was truly a walking time bomb. I went home and for some reason, I didn’t cry. I was too scared to cry. I had to change my way of eating and living. My husband, instead of boasting about insisting I go, supported me and agreed with me I could change and I was strong enough to take control.

I would like to say, oh yeah, I changed over night and it was all easy and simple….but I would be lying and I want to be upfront and honest. As a southern girl and a great cook, even if I say that myself, I had all of the bad habits to break. They had formed over a long period and it was an uphill battle to change.


I lost weight and my numbers improved. It wasn’t a miracle and I failed over and over and when I hear addicts say they fell off the wagon, I understand that we are food addicts if our biggest plans and projects have to do with food and cooking. I now understand the phrase “Eat to live and not live to eat!” Groceries had to change but did I grab on to this new way of eating…..No and No! This is the reason for sharing this with my readers. It didn’t happen over night and it may or may not happen over night for any of you either.

What changes did I have to make to see my BP at 110/62/59 this morning and basically the same yesterday? What mistakes did I make? What finally happened for my glucose to stop climbing to 180-185? Check out my list below and hopefully you will grab hold of your health and loosen the grip of food. You will find yourself in a battle but with the determination, I feel you will smile at the progress you can make in your life.

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This is me after I had lost 10 pounds but more to go. I use this photo to remind me where I have come and where I wanted to go. Taken in 2016.

Arline’s List of Giving It Up Items and Adding Good Choices:

  1. I had to decide I wanted to live more than I wanted to eat senseless foods.
  2. I resigned myself that it wasn’t a piece of cake only that had caused my health issue but repetitive no-no’s which resulted in the poor health status.
  3. I couldn’t change others if I didn’t change myself. It is a lonely world of change when I watched others eat foolishly.
  4. I was in this challenge myself and no one else could save me but others could offer good advice. 
  5. No miracle drug or food was going to be my hero and there is no instant cure for what was wrong. It was going to take time to restore my good health.
  6. I had to learn to learn from my mistakes. I didn’t die from eating a dessert or junk food but collectively, they were instruments of self imposed suicide.
  7. I couldn’t lie in self pity with the “Why me” and “How can she or he eat like that and not have my health issues?” attitudes. We are dealt the cards of health but we can be in control in spite of those genetic threats.
  8. I had to be honest with myself. I finally told my husband and others my true weight. Believe it or not, it was like a cleanse in itself. This was a kick start to facing my health straight forward without any self deceit.
  9. I rewarded my progress and scolded myself when I went off track. Come on and get real. Beat yourself up, kick your own behind, and get back on track. At the time you see your efforts are paying off, reward yourself with something OTHER than FOOD. Doing the cheat day is like giving a drug to an addict. I had to remember this one!
  10. Take your life one day at a time. I believe short term goals are better than long term goals. They are easier to obtain and if I fail to reach it I can make up the shortage faster.

I would like to say I have everything in check but that is not true. I have moved a lot in the right direction. The struggle is real but living a life without insulin and at 68 years old, I am living life in a realistic way. I use this line a lot on this blog but I believe it. Live Life; Love Life; and Live Life to the Fullest by Loving Yourself enough to Be In Control of Your Life by Controlling Your Attitude to a Positive Stage.

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This is after17 pounds lost. It is beginning to show. Numbers showed a drop too. 2017 photo
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After 27 pounds and I see the light at the end of the tunnel. 2018 photo
I am working on the next 13 pound goal. Taking it in increments and staying positive. February 2018 after eye surgeries.

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GRIEF, IS IT A DOUBLE EDGED SWORD? Recently, we have lost a very dear loved one and some of my close friends have experienced the same loss. Emotions have run high and even though some of the departed have lived full and happy lives, we grieve their departures. As so many life events start my blogging mind to turning, the thought of how we handle grief or how it handles us makes for an interesting blog topic.

  1. deep sorrow, especially that caused by someone’s death.
    “she was overcome with grief”
    synonyms: sorrow, misery, sadness, anguish, pain, distress, heartache, heartbreak, agony, torment, affliction, suffering, woe, desolation, dejection, despair; More
    informal trouble or annoyance.
    “we were too tired to cause any grief”
    synonyms: trouble, annoyance, bother, irritation, vexation, harassment

    This is the definition of grief as Google search defines the word. What I would like for all of my blog followers and readers to consider is “IS GRIEF ONLY THE MENTIONED DESCRIPTIONS?” or “IS GRIEF A MULTI-COMPLEXITY OF A LOT MORE EMOTIONS THAN THIS LIST?”

    sorrow, misery, sadness, anguish, pain, distress, heartache, heartbreak, agony, torment, affliction, suffering, woe, desolation, dejection, despair

    Of course, emotions of this nature are part of the grieving period and I feel confident most of you at some point after a significant loss of a person have felt most or all of these emotions.  One other emotion can easily be anger, common when the death is unexpected or a tragic death. These emotions are one side of the double edged sword of grief. Now let’s look at the other side of this emotional sword.



    What about the focus of being positive about a loved one’s passing? I am sure that you are wondering how this is possible. The following excerpt is from an article which focuses on healing and how being positive can help in this process.


    DEALING WITH LOSS: 11 steps to a more positive outlook after losing a loved one

    The bottom line is that in order for you to heal after a loss, you must at least attempt to focus more on the positive aspects around you. This isn’t always easy, especially after losing a loved one! However, it’s important to understand that your main thoughts are creating the dominant feelings you are having, not the other way around. So it makes sense to say that when you deliberately change your thoughts from negative ones to positive ones, you will begin to feel better as well.

    But how can you focus on the positive and not focus on “what is” as you are going through the grieving process? Here are some small, but very significant steps you can take to help you to change your thoughts and feel better at this very difficult time.

    1.  The first step is to notice how you’re feeling. If you’re feeling badly, chances are you’re thinking negative thoughts. If you’re feeling happy, you’re probably thinking good thoughts. The more powerful your thoughts are, whether they’re good or bad, the more they’ll affect your feelings.
    2.  Again, the key is to deliberately try to think more powerful, positive thoughts. However, if you feel you’re just not able to think positive thoughts, try playing the “Yes, but” game.  That is, after you think a negative thought, follow it with, “Yes, but,” and add a statement of something good that came out of it. For example, you may be thinking of how much you miss your loved one. Then follow that thought with, “Yes, but we had a wonderful life together.” And then continue with even more positive thoughts, such as, “I’m so grateful he or she was in my life.” If you can, follow that with some funny memories you have of your loved one. Then continue to think of more and more positive aspects and memories. In this way, you’ll be focusing on your love and the good times you had with your loved one, instead of the absence of him or her.
    3. Speak to others about the good times you and your loved one had together. You’ll be so surprised how this helps you to feel better. You’re thinking about him or her anyways, so bring those great thoughts to the surface!
    4. Ask your loved one for guidance as to what you need to do now.  Then make sure to listen to your gut feelings and act upon them. You should receive answers and wonderful words of wisdom that come as thoughts and feelings.
    5. Focus on finding the right people who will help you to heal. You will see how the universe will then work in ways to make that happen! They may show up in your life unexpectedly; friends or relatives may talk about those who have helped them; you may read about local healers in the newspaper; the list can go on and on. Just make sure to pay attention to all those who are coming into your awareness. Then trust your instincts about whether or not these people will be able to help you.
    6. Pray! Ask God and the angels to help you. When you pray, expect the help that you’re seeking. Instead of begging God, thank him, even before your prayer has been answered. For example, say, “Thank you so much for helping me to feel better.” In other words, have complete faith that your prayer is answered now—not some time in the future.
    7. Meditate! Praying is talking to God, but meditating is listening to him. As in any relationship, it’s important to listen as well as speak. When you quiet your thoughts and meditate, you’re in a better position to feel your connection with God, the angels and your deceased loved ones.
    8. Repeat positive affirmations throughout the day. Make sure they’re in the present tense and you feel good when you say them. Some examples are:  It’s OK for me to heal; I’m able to feel my loved one whenever I choose; I always receive signs and messages from my loved one; I choose to feel better today; It’s good for me to pamper myself as I heal; I discover new strengths in myself every day; God is healing me more and more every day; and I’m willing to be happy again.
    9. Try to maintain peace in all of your relationships and in the situations around you. Make a point of being with those who lift your spirit and refrain from doing anything that overwhelms you.
    10. Pamper yourself and do anything that makes you happy. Sometimes that may mean just petting your dog or cat, going for a walk, listening to your favourite music, going out with friends, sitting quietly, reading a good book, or anything else that puts you in a better feeling place.
    11. Have an attitude of gratitude. Really take notice of all the good things in your life each day. If you have time, sit down and write a list of all of your blessings. Then, whenever you begin to feel sad, make sure to take out that list and redirect your attention to these positive aspects once again.

    In order for you to feel better, it’s very important that you begin to focus on how your deceased loved ones lived, not how they died, on the blessings in your life, on the happy times, on the things you love, and on positive goals ahead of you. At first it may seem very difficult to do, given all that has happened, but after awhile of deliberately changing your thoughts to more positive ones, it will get easier and easier. Writing down your blessings, goals and memories is a great way to start. Repeating affirmations throughout the day also helps immensely. It doesn’t matter how you choose to do it, just that you make the choice to feel better! Remember, according to the Law of Attraction, you get what you think about most of the time. So, it makes sense to begin to focus on more positive, loving thoughts throughout each day.



I now come to why I felt this was an important message. While I see people surrounding me fearing grief, I also see another approach, a more positive one to grief. Yesterday, we attended what I would consider the sweetest funeral I have ever attended, my husband’s sister Berta Davis who was 84 when she died. I know her passing wasn’t from a sudden death but developed over the past couple of years of watching a wonderful lady who experienced a full life encounter a life which required a lack of mobility. As both ministers spoke at the service, they didn’t dwell on the grief but how she loved travel, cooking, enjoying a good meal, working with children, and most importantly how she loved her God and family. They told humorous tales and sweet memories. As much as we will miss her, they reminded us that she lived her life the way she wanted to live and she had made the decisions of how she wanted to die on her terms without machines and feeding assistance. Berta, without knowing it, inspired those of us sitting there as to the importance of living life to the fullest. She chose to live in her faith by her heart desiring a closer walk with her Lord. She chose to enjoy food and was a magnificent cook and baker. She chose to be generous to people and her church. She chose to be a teacher and mentor to children. She chose to devote her love and kindness to those she loved and touched strangers’ hearts as well. She chose to travel and explore and even take risks. I remember the minister saying she had suffered great personal losses and she grieved. What really spoke to my heart was even though she grieved, she chose to keep living and loving.


For those of you who have also suffered losses through death and even divorce, I want to give you a thought to ponder. In all of the topics of her life, they mentioned all of the choices Berta made but they didn’t dwell on what she did for a living even though Berta was a well respected medical lab specialist for over 30+ years. That was not what she chose to be recognized at the end of her life. It was all of the love, service, charitable acts, adventures, and challenges of living beyond the loss of her lifetime sweetheart who was her only husband and the early death of one of her children. I hope you keep it in mind that it is okay to grieve but do not live to grieve but live to live and love.


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This blog is dedicated to Berta Smith Davis and respectfully we will grieve our loss of this wonderful, sweet lady but we will smile and laugh too. She would have wanted us to do that very thing.

Obituary for Berta M. Davis
Funeral services for Berta M. Davis, 84, of Thomasville will be 2 PM, Monday February 19, 2018 at First Newark Baptist Church, where she was a member. Rev. Steve Brooks and Rev. Mike Keown will officiate and interment will be held at Laurel Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Davis passed away February 16, 2018 at Camellia Gardens. Born January 25, 1934 in Ashburn, Georgia, she was the daughter of the late Henry Grady Smith and Ruby Wynn Smith. She was married to Donald Davis, Sr. for 38 years, who preceded her in death. She retired from working in the lab at Archbold Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Davis was the past director of the Thomas County Baptist Association WMU for 12 years and past director of the library at her church. Her hobbies included ceramics and quilting. Survivors include son, Donald E. Davis Jr. and wife Kim of Boston; grandchildren, Donald E. Davis III, Caleb Russell Davis, and Lauren Grace Davis; brothers Gordon Clyatt and wife Martha of Cairo and Greg Miller and wife Arlene of Tifton, numerous nieces and nephews and her best friend for 62 years, JoAnne Zeigler of Thomasville. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Barbara Denise Jones; Brother Gerald Smith; Sister Dee Crutchfield. The family will receive friends on Sunday, February 18, 2018 from 4 PM until 6 PM at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be sent to Wounded Warrior, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517 or the Baptist Children’s Home, 8415 Buck Lake Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32317. Guests are invited to sign the online register at www.allenfh.com.

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GOOD MORNING! It is a brand new day and let’s start with a brand new way of thinking. Positive thoughts bring positive results. We have had enough gloom and doom for a lifetime. Where is the joy? Let’s start the parade of happy thoughts. Let’s put aside the negativity in this world. Look at the sunrise, watch a child play, follow a bird’s flight into the sky, imagine characters you see in the clouds, listen to the singing of nature and bask in life. I am feeling better already…..How about you?

Below is an excerpt from a great article which can be found in its entirety by clicking on this link:

Article dated February 18, 2017


Positive thinking: Stop negative self-talk to reduce stress

Positive thinking helps with stress management and can even improve your health. Practice overcoming negative self-talk with examples provided.

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Is your glass half-empty or half-full? How you answer this age-old question about positive thinking may reflect your outlook on life, your attitude toward yourself, and whether you’re optimistic or pessimistic — and it may even affect your health.

Indeed, some studies show that personality traits such as optimism and pessimism can affect many areas of your health and well-being. The positive thinking that usually comes with optimism is a key part of effective stress management. And effective stress management is associated with many health benefits. If you tend to be pessimistic, don’t despair — you can learn positive thinking skills.

Understanding positive thinking and self-talk

Positive thinking doesn’t mean that you keep your head in the sand and ignore life’s less pleasant situations. Positive thinking just means that you approach unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way. You think the best is going to happen, not the worst.

Positive thinking often starts with self-talk. Self-talk is the endless stream of unspoken thoughts that run through your head. These automatic thoughts can be positive or negative. Some of your self-talk comes from logic and reason. Other self-talk may arise from misconceptions that you create because of lack of information.

If the thoughts that run through your head are mostly negative, your outlook on life is more likely pessimistic. If your thoughts are mostly positive, you’re likely an optimist — someone who practices positive thinking.

The health benefits of positive thinking

Researchers continue to explore the effects of positive thinking and optimism on health. Health benefits that positive thinking may provide include:

  • Increased life span
  • Lower rates of depression
  • Lower levels of distress
  • Greater resistance to the common cold
  • Better psychological and physical well-being
  • Better cardiovascular health and reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
  • Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress

It’s unclear why people who engage in positive thinking experience these health benefits. One theory is that having a positive outlook enables you to cope better with stressful situations, which reduces the harmful health effects of stress on your body.

It’s also thought that positive and optimistic people tend to live healthier lifestyles — they get more physical activity, follow a healthier diet, and don’t smoke or drink alcohol in excess.

Even though we face a lot of obstacles, a positive attitude will keep us focused on the good things in life and not the good life busters that come our way. Always keep in mind, the memory of the deep sigh of relief when a tense moment or event is over and we move forward.

Until we read again…..Arline Miller, blogger and positive thinker. LIVE LIFE; LOVE LIFE; AND LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST BY LIVING IT TO THE MAX.

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Today I am simply wishing everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day and I will share my Valentine poem for my husband. Love is not always packaged in a beautiful card, gift, flowers, and or chocolates.

Celebrate love and enjoy this magnificent holiday! Click on the link and enjoy my poem.

My Valentine Wish


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Love from quotesvalley.com



My Valentine Wish

by Arline Miller


Roses are sent with a card with beautiful words of love 

Chocolates wrapped up in a red velvet flocked bow

A jewelry box wrapped so the glitter doesn’t show.

My mind remembers those Valentines of our past.

More vividly are the times signs of true love are expressed.

The warm touch when you place your hand over mine.

The safety of your arm wraps my body when we go.

It’s not the world ‘s usual gifts but even so, 

I glow.

When you tell me you’re my Valentine for life I understand.

It’s the unwrapped gift sent from your loving heart

Tells me all I really need to know. 

Happy Valentine’s Day and Loving Life from your wife. 


Written by Arline Miller

Valentine Day 2018

Here’s another One!


Many times, have I often looked at an image of a heart

And wondered why it looks the way it usually does.

At the top it has the curves for young love to start.

We are looking for the love of our life not as it was.

The curves give a false bravado as a soft and easy flow.

We feel nothing can upset the magnitude of the feeling.

Love sets the stage, and the romance starts to show.

Our heart cannot deny the beats as high as the ceiling.

I observed while looking at the narrowing at the lower tip

Of the delicate heart and my mind chooses to realize

While love is expressed so huge at the start of Cupid’s trip

It has to survive when times get rough and we live our lives.

Love is a flowing source of why we were made to give

Our best when the struggle to deal with the reality of life.

The other side of the heart is difficult when we need to forgive

And accept love as the answer to forget little errors and strife.

Give me the shape of the heart and I will lovingly appreciate

How it is a symbol of how I love you with all of my heart.

It is soft and curvy, but when love is valued for our fate.

God knew the heart has to survive and created a piece of art.

Written by Arline Miller for all of the Sweethearts in the World,

Including the Love of My Life, Greg Miller on February 12, 2021


MY CATARACT SURGERY JOURNEY II continues. I blogged the first part of the journey with diagnosis and preparation for this event in my life. I thought I would take you through my surgeries and recovery today.

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My eyes before the surgery (different color than my normal from the opaqueness of the cataract)

On January 24 th the day of my right eye cataract/correction surgery, we woke up very early and after fasting the night before, I was captured by the smell of the coffee Greg had prepared for him. I thought how we as humans don’t seem to appreciate the little things of life until we have to do without them. Greg drove and while I was a passenger in the vehicle I was aware that I could not read the road signs until we were almost in front of them. It was a little frightening with the affirmation my sight had been shrouded by the cataracts. It was time; it was past time so it gave me confirmation the surgery was not only necessary but overdue.


We arrived at the surgical center in Valdosta and proceeded to enter the doors. I took a long breath and concentrated on how I had been assured I would not need glasses after the surgeries were completed. Step 1 and moving. The staff was so helpful and calming. I could tell instantly, they perform these surgeries like clockwork and have it down to a science.

After some quick forms of release, I was called to the back. I will always remember Greg saying I love you as I walked toward the surgical ward door. I told him I love you and the door closed behind me. I was on my own (I am never truly alone and all of you who believe in a Higher Power understand this statement). I was mixed with emotional excitement and concern which is normal when it is our eyes. I felt confident in their knowledge and experience, but it was my eye that was about to be operated. I said my prayer and listened to their instructions. The IV was inserted and the many eye drops began to be dropped.

The prep took a lot longer than the actual surgical procedure. My right eye which had the densest cataract didn’t dilate as much as most people’s eye would dilate and after many drops to dilate it, I thought how it would feel to have a normalcy about me but then I may not experience the uniqueness of my character either and I smiled. The ophthalmologist came over again and said to all of us, nurses too “This eye has dilated all it is going to and we will take her back in a few minutes.” Trusting him, I was then fully ready to get to the next step. One of the statements the anesthesiologist nurse said to me was a very important one to remember, “You will hear us talking and you will feel a slight pressure of the doctor touching your eye, and you can answer the doctor if he asks you a question, but what we give you to relax will keep you from caring.”

I was wheeled on the same stretcher to the surgical room and one of the most dramatic feelings was the drop of the room temperature. Sterility at its finest. I saw the doctor and the same nurse who validated my non care attitude that was coming shortly when she said I am going to add the comfort juice to your IV. I had my head and shoulders taped down with explanations and nothing seemed to alarm me at all. I understood what she meant by “You won’t care.”

The next part of my journey may not appeal to many of you, especially if you are squeamish but with my curious, non caring soul at the time, I was fascinated that I could see what the doctor was doing. It was as if I was watching a movie of sci-fi and I was glued to the screen (might be that taped would be a better description since I couldn’t have moved if I had wanted to move). I saw the base with the broken cataract lens and it looked like tiny mountain formations which disappeared in a few seconds and returned the “land of my eye” to a smooth desert. I was asked by the doctor to look at the red light and tell him when it disappeared which it did quickly. He then said “You will feel a light pressure” which I felt and then what I consider a WOW moment, I saw a tiny tool bring a folded piece of material inside that flat desert which was my corrective lens. I watched it quickly unfold and then with a few tasks, the doctor said, “we are done.”

I was pushed back to the same area and given some water (could have had other drinks) and some pretzels. I was thirsty and even ate a few pretzels and then I saw the most beautiful sight, Greg coming toward me. It was only a few minutes and we walked out to our vehicle and believe it or not, my first cataract had been removed and my vision in the right eye had been corrected.

A protective patch will be placed over your eye following cataract surgery. (Image: Vance Thompson Vision)

I don’t want to say this was a joy ride but worth every minute of putting the drops in several times a day and wearing the shield for the first 24 hours and then each night for a week after each surgery. My recovery is great and even though I had to have an additional drop for some pressure in my eyes. I have 20/20 in my left eye and my right eye is very close with a 20/18 and good hopes that will improve even more. I have one more follow up and then will be dismissed.

What should you expect during cataract surgery recovery? http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/cataract-surgery-recovery.htm via @AllAboutVision

I hope if you have to have cataract surgery you will seek a professional, caring ophthalmologist like I have and keep a positive mind as the inconvenience you encounter is well worth the end result of seeing this world with all of its beauty.

I am attaching a photo showing my eyes a few days after the second surgery:


“SEE” what you can look forward to seeing after your surgery.

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My Cataract Surgery Journey

MY CATARACT SURGERY JOURNEY was a successful journey with my vision restored to a very satisfactory level. Many of my Facebook/Twitter friends watched from the sidelines and cheered me on. I thought some of you might want to read about it. Many of you may be too young to even think about cataracts at this time but take it from me that interim time will pass faster than you realize. So travel with me so that when that time comes, you might know more than I did upon diagnosis.


1. a descent of water over a steep surface; waterfall, especially one of considerable size.
2. any furious rush or downpour of water; deluge.
3. Ophthalmology.

  1. an abnormality of the eye, characterized by opacity of the lens.
  2. the opaque area.

    Cataract is a painless condition where the normally clear aspirin-sized lens of the eye starts to become cloudy. The result is much like smearing grease over the lens of a camera which impairs normal vision. Causes of cataracts include cortisone medication, trauma, diabetes, and aging. In fact, cataracts will affect most people if they live long enough. Diagnosis can be made when a doctor examines the eyes with a viewing instrument. Symptoms of early cataracts may be improved with new eyeglasses, brighter lighting, anti-glare sunglasses, or magnifying lenses. If these measures do not help, surgically removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with an artificial lens is the only effective treatment. Removal is only necessary when vision loss interferes with your everyday activities, such as driving, reading, or watching TV. You and your eye- care professional can discuss the surgery and once you understand the benefits and risks, you can make an informed decision about whether cataract surgery is right for you. In most cases, delaying cataract surgery will not cause long-term damage to your eye or make the surgery more difficult.

    Reviewed by Andrew A. Dahl, MD, FACS on September 17, 2009

    Image Source: Dr. Umberto Benelli, MD, PhD/EyeAtlas

    Text: MedicineNet – Cataracts

I heard the word cataract a couple of years ago while I was having my regular eye check up. I wasn’t alarmed because the optometrist stated it was very small and it would probably be 10 years before I would have to do anything about it. That sounds good, right? It would prove to be a false sense of procrastination. Fast forward 2 years to January 2018 and I told my husband I had to make my eye appointment now. He accompanied me because I had started experiencing moments of total blurriness especially when I was in a retail store and panicked when everything in front of me blurred and I blurted to my husband Greg that I couldn’t see. He didn’t understand at first until he saw the look in my face that I actually could not see anything but blurry light.

I went through the normal procedures thinking I needed new prescription for my glasses but that was not the case. After the initial tests, and I got in the patient chair to do the run through the eye charts, I realized I could not see the large letters with the exception of those huge letters at the top. My gut reaction was how did my eye sight diminish so fast. I have Type 2 Diabetes and then my heart seemed to drop to my stomach. I had heard all of the horror stories about blindness associated with diabetes. I could tell my blood pressure was going up and my heart started beating faster.

After the “failed” exam, the optometrist came in and his first words were “I don’t know how you are functioning.” I didn’t argue as my defenses had come down with the exam. At that time, I heard that soon to be dreaded words cataracts in both eyes and the right one was massive. He is a wonderful optometrist and walked me through the extra tests and confirmed I needed a referral to the ophthalmologist.  Greg sat in during the discussion and some extra tests before we shockingly walked out referral appointment in hand.

The next step was another exam with the dreaded dilation of my eyes which is another story for another day. It was confirmed surgery was required to remove the cataracts with one surgery one week and another the following week. Schedules and what to expect, cost, recovery time were professionally discussed and instructions not to stress my eyes prior to the surgery were “stressed”.

I took a picture of my eyes before and I saw something that struck me as weird at the time. My eyes have always been a gray blue but when you look at the photo, you have to notice the change in the color which has to be due to the cataract opaqueness.

The photo on the left is prior to the surgery and is what I referred to the change of color but the one on the right is after the right eye had been operated on and not only can you tell the dilated pupil in that eye, look at the difference in color and clearness of the right over the left eye. It makes sense to me now but I thought maybe someone else can learn how a color change in your eyes might signal a cataract existence along with blurred vision.

Tomorrow I will move farther in my journey encompassing the surgery. I don’t want the blog to be so long that the interest my fail. What I leave you with this morning is I am doing fine from the surgery and recovery. It helped that I had been with my Mother when she had her surgery but with time and technological advancement, I found it very intriguing what is being done in this field. For those who are curious, I have attached the link to a video on the surgery. It may not be the same as I had performed, but it gives you the idea of the surgery.

Cataract Surgery

Until We See Each Other Again……Arline Miller

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Coming Soon…Back to Blogging


Good morning my blog readers!

This is a quick message to let you know Blue Eyes will be returning soon for a weekly blog posting. I received a great report from my optometrist yesterday and with an addition of a new drop to lower the pressure in my left eye, he said I was progressing very satisfactory….excellent to be precise.

The photo above is the in between time frame when one eye, right one had been operated on and corrected and the left one still to go. The difference is significant. The featured photo is after both surgeries. I took a photo and it is below that shows my eyes before the surgery with the cataracts. I think you will see they change the eye color as well as block clear vision.

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I want to catch up with my work this week and then share my experience with you. I found out a lot during this period and of course I apply it to life in general.

Stay tuned….I will be back…..Arline Miller

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