I really have no complaints about my collaboration with Will, but here’s one, just for [REDACTED] and giggles: why is the moon in The Known World always full? (This is me yanking Will’s chain. I could give two [REDACTED] about this. I mean, I’ve never mentioned it in 900+ pages.)
So, I don’t know how much I’ve actually told you guys about #Squirrel’s health issues. #Squirrel is diabetic, and diabetes is a bear of a disease. It’s difficult to manage under the best of circumstances, and our lives are really the best of circumstances. She’s had it for way longer than she and I have been together, and long-term diabetics often eventually have vision problems.
#Squirrel suffers from what is called diabetic retinopathy, and I’ll probably make some factual errors in this explanation, but basically it causes extra blood vessels to grow and occasionally burst on the back of her eyes, where the retinas are. These vessels basically push the retinas off of the back of the eyes, which ruins your vision. She’d had partial vision loss in one eye for a while (although we didn’t know the cause), but she woke up on New Year’s Day with blurred and obstructed vision in both eyes.
Getting her treated was a bear that reinforces for me how truly immoral and wrongheaded our medical system is in this country, although we eventually got into the Stein Eye Clinic at UCLA, which is one of most prestigious centers for eye care in America. Her left eye, the one that had been bothering her for a while, was in full detachment, which meant that it wasn’t going to get any worse, and that the prognosis in that eye is iffy. But her right retina was only partially detached, so time was of the essence. She had surgery on that eye almost a month ago now.
Her visions is back to about 90% in her right eye, according to her, and the surgeon is super pleased with how #Squirrel has responded to the surgery, so much so that she allowed her to go back to work today (Monday). She can read, drive, and do all the stuff she needs to be able to do to feel independent.
We’ve scheduled surgery for her left eye on April 6th. The results of that surgery are pretty much a crap shoot. She could regain plenty of her vision, she could regain none of it, but it’s worth a try.
2018 has been a stressful year because of this, but SO much of that stress has been lifted with this successful surgery. We hope for more, but if this is as good as it gets, my wife will still live a good life, and that’s all that matters to me. I want to tell you guys that lots of you have sent us kind words of encouragement during this ordeal, and that has meant a great deal to us both. There’s no doubt that you guys are the best part of doing this comic, so thank you. It means a lot to me to be able to share this with you.