My latest medical results are in and my left eye is right where it should be in its recovery from the vitrectomy. My vision has returned, and I can bend over and lift, with no restrictions, and No longer need to use eye drops.
As for the right eye and its cancer; I turned in the paperwork for applying to be seen by MD Anderson hospital, but unless they decide otherwise I might not be seen by them until I’ve lived in Houston 6 Mo. (3/20/13). It is out of my hands.
The good news is that the condition of the eye won’t change in any significant way in the short term. I learned that if I end up being treated by MD Anderson, the treatment will lead to 2 years’ worth of recovery as the melanoma recedes and clears up.
Of course the other option is having Ben Taub hospital take the eye out completely. That’s why we need to have an evaluation by MD Anderson, to choose the best treatment.
The latest blood test showed my b12, folic acid, iron, and a couple of other levels are normal.
My recent job interview, with a 2nd promised, but yet to occur, so far has not panned out. Not my fault, as it seems the company is suddenly having high level meetings, I am just guessing, maybe related to hiring plans, in the wake of the fiscal cliff decisions in DC.
So, I have begun to look elsewhere, and have some ideas.
With no answers related to my Ca. unemployment status, my checking/savings down to less than $100, and rent, and my other few bills for Feb., soon due, I had to make a decision I had hoped never to have to make.
When I left my last job I moved my IRA to another firm, and planned never to touch it, hoping to see it grow from the decent sum it had become after 6 years on that job. On Tuesday, after a weekend of thought, I made the necessary decision to cash it in and deposit the funds into my checking. After taxes, and a penalty, the sum is still a decent amount that, with judicious planning, will last me a while (months) if, for some reason I still am unable to find employment, or don’t end up getting another source of income based on my eye issues.
When the funds were deposited, the first thing I did was go get me a quality, affordable, queen bed set, and bed frame (All for under $400), and tossed my leaky airbed in the dumpster.
Last night was the best night of sleep I’ve had since moving to Houston. Nikita promptly discovered how comfy his sunspot now is on the new bed, this morning, and Elvira may soon lay claim to a new place to hide, under the bed.
This morning I went to Ikea to finally buy 3 more Billy bookshelves, thus allowing me to, at last shelve the stack of book I have on the floor in one corner of my bedroom, and in 2 plastic cartons in my living room. I almost bought a $70, 5 drawer dresser, but held off until my bookshelves are up, and I can judge what space I still have to play with.
The last 3 months, since my eye issues began, have been difficult, but with the new funds in my account, and these new furniture additions, I can finally feel a real sense of permanence to my new life in my new city, as my apartment becomes more civilized in appearance.
Thanks again, everyone, for all the support, and encouragement, as I have struggled to move forward with my life, personally, creatively, and career-wise, it has meant a lot to me.