Back in Panama

I returned to Panama last week after an extended visit to the US. I’ve had thoughts swirling around in my head but haven’t been motivated enough to put anything into words. I also have a slew of photos which I may get around to sharing. Some days you are excited about doing things, and other days not so much. So it goes with the blog lately.

I’m glad to be home! It’s always good to be home, especially when home is where we are so happy. It was a good visit though. I wrote a bit about it in my last post, especially being able to be there with my family when the new baby girl arrived. I left Seattle feeling good. They are experienced parents now and had everything well under control. I spent a week in California with my other daughter and had a great time with the other grandkids. They are more and more fun as they grow and we can do more things together.

I also got my eye checked! (remember https://blog.thepanamaadventure.com/2018/05/19/the-misbehaving-eye/?) My son-in-law works for a group of highly respected eye doctors, and since he counts me as family he brought me in the day I arrived for some tests. It turns out I have a very unusual condition. Your eye is filled with a gel like substance that decreases in volume as you age, and pulls away from the retina in the back of the eye (normal and harmless). In my case though, one bit got stuck to the retina and as it tried to pull away, it pulled on the retina close to the macula (the center part responsible for sharp center vision) kind of like pulling a thread in fabric. This caused the macula to become distorted, swollen, and inflamed. Since my condition has been stable for weeks, we are just going to let it be and see what happens. The thread pulling on the retina may come loose, or stay the same, but if there are any additional symptoms or decrease in vision I will see a retina specialist in Panama City. The California office has already identified them and sent records. While in California though, I started to see something like hair or spider webs in my eye, and I think my vision is slowly starting to improve. I have a feeling the thread came loose and my macula is starting to heal itself. I have less distortion, and don’t reach for my glasses quite as quickly when trying to see something close.

I’m sure that’s way more than you ever wanted to know about my eye situation! 😀 If you really want more info, check this link. https://maculacenter.com/eye-disease/vitreomacular-traction/  I feel comfortable with the wait and see approach, and I can easily check my vision on the lines of the drop ceiling when I wake up in the morning. I am so very very thankful for my son-in-law and the eye doctor who saw me! They usually have a 6 month wait to get in, and I don’t even want to think what that all would have cost.

And I thought I had nothing to say… ha! I have a bit more but I think this is enough for one post. Hasta pronto (until soon)

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About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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10 Responses to Back in Panama

  1. simplywendi says:

    so happy to have you back!

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  2. Carole says:

    Glad you were able to see an eye doctor while visiting your daughter. Hope your vision improves.

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  3. Marilynn J. Clark says:

    Sold house and moving too David. Building a house in Coco Beach!

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  4. Kris, that is exactly what I had. I am so glad you caught it early. By the time, I was diagnosed, it had created a pucker and lots of scar tissue, so I had to have it operated on. It has been a year now since my surgery and although there is still a little distortion in my left eye, with reading glasses it corrects to normal. Welcome back home. We left Nicaragua and are heading to Canada tomorrow. So relieved to leave, but at the same time very sad for my friends who are unable to leave. It sure feels weird to be kind of homeless nomads. We will probably winter in Mexico and Colombia.

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    • Really! I remember your surgery but didn’t catch the exact reason. My vision was so messed up at first there was no ignoring it, which maybe was a good thing. I’m glad they were get your eye pretty much straightened out.

      I’ve caught a few things on Facebook that you had left Nicaragua. That’s all so sad. I hate what is going on there and the suffering of those wonderful people. Some love the homeless nomad life and maybe it will work for you. If not, you can always put down a few roots somewhere. It’s a wonderful thing about this life we have now, that you are free to follow your heart and are not obligated to anything.

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  5. jim and nena says:

    Hola Kris,
    knowing about eye problems is a big plus to protecting vision. And the advances in eye treatment are borderline magic now. Glad you are doing better and have plans in place for whatever happens.
    Welcome Home!
    jim

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