Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy Holidays, and yes I'm still alive

I got a text from a friend today:

dude did you give up your blog or what?

Point taken.

No, I haven't given up my blog... just been dealing with a lot of sh!t happens outside of pool and busily trodding along on my treadmill hamster wheel trying to keep up with things.

I think someone turned up the speed on the treadmill a couple of months ago when I wasn't looking!

It hasn't been any one "thing"... but a whole raft of numerous "things" over the last several months. Most weren't horribly serious in the overall scheme of life, but required my attention and ate up time and resources nonetheless.

I did have one issue that rose to the level of "drop everything and give this 100% of your attention" but I'm happy to say, while still a work in progress, I think we're mostly out of the woods on that one.

I felt particularly bad about missing PoolSynergy earlier this month. I'd have to go back to verify, but I think that was the first one I missed in a looong time. Even in the months where I only managed to make a single blog post, that post was typically the PoolSynergy post.

So what happened this month? Too busy with the holidays?

Nope. Not a good enough excuse, unless I'm up until 3 or 4 in the morning doing something else... because I've stayed up that late to finish off PoolSynergy before.

Earlier this month I ran into something else that I simply couldn't overcome.

I ran into... a sagebrush branch.

It wasn't my finest moment. I was out hiking after dark and saw something at the base of some sagebrush. Curious, I bent over to pick it up. I had a strong flashlight, and the object was well illuminated.

Turns out, the branches of the bush were not so well illuminated.

One of those not-so-well-illuminated branches found its way into my open and unaware right eye. Luckily, the branch didn't completely penetrate the cornea, but it gave me a pretty nasty corneal abrasion that hurt like $%^&(*& and left me blind in that eye.

But wait, there's more... I got LASIK earlier this year, remember? They did what's called monovision, which means one eye is corrected for distance and the other is corrected for reading. That was the goal, anyway. Turns out, neither eye got corrected as well is it was supposed to (follow up surgery still pending, but that's yet another story).

To cut to the chase here, the right eye is my distance eye. It's also the eye that got somewhat closer to plan with my initial LASIK procedure. Losing my right eye made me effectively blind for a few days. Scary!

Luckily, it seems like it's healed fairly well in the last couple of weeks and I can see about as well as I could prior to the incident. I've got another eye doctor follow up next week, so we'll see.

Anyway, onward and upward into the next year!

I have two partially completed blog entries that are "on hold" for various reasons beyond my control. I should be able to publish those fairly soon once the holds clear.

I'm heading in a couple new directions with my pool game in the upcoming year, and I'm sure that will give me plenty to write about as well.

As I close... I leave you with some sage advice: protect your eyes!