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Jim’s Daily Rant. "I See" Said The Blind Man. World Quantum Day 4/14/23.

I have told you that I was diagnosed with an rare genetic eye disease, Keratoconus, when I was 22 years old. I was informed I was going blind and all that could be done was to put me in the wrong sized glass contacts to force my eyes back into my head and stall off the ultimate blindness. The disease was causing my eyes to bulge out of my head until they would burst.

Eventually I received experimental cornea grafts in both eyes that kept me safe for ten years and then just before they were again about to burst, I had 2 more cornea grafts. During all this time my eyes were like a fly’s eyes, lumpy and wrinkled, not smooth like normal folk. My eyes' shapes have always wobbled around making big jumps in my prescriptions every few months.

I stopped wearing my glasses two months ago as I felt I didn’t need them. Yesterday I had a regular checkup and had them test me first without my glasses. I was 20/20 and it was decided I no longer needed to have my vision adjusted. The doctor said my dominate eye was smooth and the years of swelling and pulling of the stitches had all settled down.

As I waited for my eyes to dilate for further examination it suddenly hit me. For the first time in 60 years I had 20/20 vision AND for the first time since I was 14, I would no longer be in glasses or contacts, or even in both at the same time as I once had to do!

But oddly enough, the disease was the best thing that could have happened to me. It caused me to read everything I could before I went blind. Strangely, I never worried about being blind because I knew I would die before that happened. You see, Keratoconus only happens to males just before puberty. When I was diagnosed with it at 22, as horny as I was then, I was terrified that if I was just starting puberty, and I was going to screw myself to death after I hit it!

The Opthamologist that diagnosed it had no sense of humor at all. When examining me on a monthly visit to change the curvature of my glass contacts, He came out with a strange statement. “You know Jim, this is the most adverse reaction to mini-skirts I’ve ever seen.”

When I got home, my always jealous first wife asked what the doctor said. Without thinking I told her. I truly thought I was going to have to sleep on the couch that night. She just wouldn't believe it was a joke.

But that’s enough about me. This Rant is about you because you are about to holler “Oh my god, I now see said the blind man!” Several nights ago our friend Jack sent me a podcast and called to say watch it. I tried to but I was at the end of my internet month and they throttled my speed back so it wouldn’t play. I tried to download it at 1 AM when I had regular speed but for some reason it would not download.

Anyway, if you haven’t seen it yet, this is an absolute must see:

[If in a hurry start at the 1:29 MM for the last 10 minutes!]

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