Thursday, April 3, 2008


"By law I have to report you to the Province to revoke your license," the Opthamalagist said, "however you have learned how to compensate very well so I'm not going to report you yet...." LOSE MY LICENSE! Mama Mia, when I was a kid all I lived for was getting my driver's license now I could potentially lose it for life!?! I love driving.

Needless to say I was a wee bit shaken when DW and I walked out of the office a few weeks ago. I knew my eyesight was bad, I've been told that for the past 20 years but lose my license? What's worse, there's no corrective lenses, it is what it is.

When I saw my MD a few days later I asked him what the what what was. Turns out the condition that is robbing my sight is related to the arthritis that affects me from head to toe and both are stemming from an under active thyroid problem that plagues me. Drat that little metabolism controlling gland!

The macula;r degeneration, can't be cured. I can possibly slow down it's progression maybe even stop it from getting worse by taking mineral supplements and Omega 3. The mineral supplements are deadly at first, I was driving the porcelain bus for a few days trying to get used to them.

Then it gets interesting. Mom sends me some pages ripped out of a medical journal she has. I'm supposed to eat lots of spinach and dark greens and reds. Ingest flax seed oil, yummy. Then I pick up an old Prevention magazine for some light reading. DW buys the little health periodicals at the thrift store for a dime. There are articles on macular degeneration and under active thyroid. Both talk about diet. This months Reader's Digest comes in. A piece on macular degeneration and how diet can help. Another article on good cholesterol and how flax seed oil, yummy, is good for arthritis. All articles point to cutting out refined sugar. I read another article in Prevention on the evils of carbonated soft drinks. Sugar, is once again picked out.

Pilgrim goes cold turkey off of sugar and starts adrinking two glases of OJ with flax seed oil, yummy, every day. It wasnt easy to kick the sugar, I'm an addict. I started to get used to the flax sed oil, yummy. You wouldn't believe what happens next.



74WIXYgrad said...

Look at what flaxseed oil has done for Barry Bonds.

But seriously my friend, I will print out this post and put it in the prayer box at my church. You will be one of many prayed for every service.

Monday through Sunday said...

I will be praying for you! I am impressed at the changes you are making. I have stopped the sugar and believe you me...not having my Grande Cinnamon Dolce Latte is a hard thing!

I do believe that the Lord can heal you from this. I will be praying healing for you!

Kathy said...

Wow, I am sorry to hear about this. I will remember you in my prayers.

Martha said...

Prayers being said.

I am a firm believer in diet to change health problems. you would not believe the difference that dietary changes have made for my now five year old. Eliminating artificial colors and preservatives as well as limiting sugar and artificial sweeteners and adding some suppliments has made a HUGE difference. He's a whole new kid.

Here's hoping things go better!

Pilgrim said...

Thank you all for your kindness. I really wasn't thinking about this as being a situation that needed prayer support. I wanted to get the word out that eating junk can be bad.

I am really moved by your kindness. Now that you've all called it out, I will accept any help I can get. Here's to complete healing.

Bless you all.