A retinal detachment as a wake up call

I am a feminist. Nearsighted. With a travel bug. There you go, my life in 3 sentences. And a lot of full stops. I love full stops.

Ever since I was little, traveling was part of my life. Every year, one or two new destinations were a fairly good reason to miss school for a week. It was okay, I have always been a good student and was able to catch up pretty quickly on the topics I had missed.

I was happy but there was something I was taking for granted: my vision. I mean I used to wear glasses, then contact lenses… but who doesn’t, right?

And suddenly one day I started seeing a black spot, dancing like ink drops in front of me. I shook my head and blinked several times but it just wouldn’t go away. And then flashes rushed in front of my eyes, as if a bunch of paparazzi were getting their best shot of me. But I was alone.

After that it all happened very fast, or at least the memories in my head are somehow fuzzy. I woke up in the OR. It was a retinal detachment. A delicate surgery had just finished and everything went right.

My surgeon told me what he had done. My eyeball was now squeezed in the middle by a silicon band, giving it an hour-glass shape and preventing further damage. Some cells of my retina had died, so the shadow I saw in the beginning would remain forever. There were some activities I could not do anymore, anything that could increase the pressure inside my head should be avoided at all costs! Roller-coasters, sky diving and delivering a baby without a C-section were extremely forbidden. It was okay, not a big deal.

The real problem came when I was told that this could happen again. And that my other eye was also at risk.

Ever since that moment I appreciate every sunset as if it was the last I would be able to see. I enjoy nature and hikes with a different spirit, and my approach to people from other cultures is much more genuine and less touristy. I understood the importance of running away from the mainstream and actually “living” every foreign land.

It is this knowledge that I want to share with like-minded travelers that might be reading this article right now. How to travel low budget, experience places to the fullest and collect good memories.

This is a travel blog, not a journal. But everything in life needs context.

Welcome to my page.

Cae

7 thoughts on “A retinal detachment as a wake up call

  1. Hello. I’m from Brazil and I found out that we have something in common: I like travel and vision problems. I have a treatment for glaucoma prevention that has lasted more than 10 years. So I can’t do anything to increase the pressure inside my head, as it can make glaucoma surface.
    As for your blog, I will try to find out and feel free to browse mine too. Esteriltipo is about heavy metal, blues and jazz music.
    Strong hug.

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  2. Hi, Cae. the most important thing when we find ourselves in situations with yours is to be aware of what is happening and to strengthen the mind and to continue moving forward. just over a year ago I faced surgery to remove bowel cancer and along with the tumor were also removed 35 cm from the descending colon. do I have many limits? yes, but nothing that prevents me from living and knowing, being close to what really matters and moving on. life cannot wait and we need to live because we are within life. thank you very much for the report, for the strength that comes from you and make sure that you are a person who has a lot to say to people. hugs from Porto Alegre, Brazil.

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