Puzzle Pieces

Waiting for the shuttle to get to the ship. My husband made the comment how rough it is being stuck at an out-of-the-way hotel with no car. I welcomed him to my world.

Having been in two, different hotel rooms in the past 48 hours, I have made a discovery: spatial memory does work. I have yet to run into anything on my way to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

Secondary lesson on that is to trust yourself. We learn our surroundings rather quickly. Pretty much pitch darkness in a hotel room yields less information than the sight we will eventually have left will yield. Put down a memory of your space and use that memory to navigate.

Never really thought about using spatial memory until now. Never really thought how it can enhance one’s ability to move around in the world. Now I realize it has always been there for me. Now I am starting to realize its value.

As I have been hanging out here, my new edition of Healio.com newsletter arrived in my email. The one article is possibly not the best of news. They have discovered a correlation between Posterior Vitreous Detachment (PVD) and both wet and dry forms of AMD. Partial detachment happens more often in patients with wet AMD but total detachment seems to happen more often in those with the dry form.

Posterior Vitreous Detachment happens when the vitreous shrinks and pulls away from the retina. We have talked about macular holes before. They occur when there is an adhesion and that tugs on the macula. Retinal detachment can occur when the vitreous shrinks. Floaters are more common.

The authors of the study suggested there might be something ‘different’ about the vitreous retinal interface in people with AMD as compared to those of us who do not develop the disorder. They suggest this is just one more path that needs to be explored.

Which I guess can be looked at two ways. Some of us look at one more thing that is wrong with our eyes and despair. Legitimate point. Our eyes are a mess, true, but there is another way to look at it. Anyone notice how eye researchers all over the world are ‘feeding off’ of one another? For every researcher who finds a new piece of the puzzle, there is another one who can take that piece and pop it into the part of the puzzle they are working on.

Anyone ever do jigsaw puzzles? Yep. Every time we find a piece we realize even more fully our puzzle is not 100 pieces but more like 1000 pieces. But often when we find that piece on the floor or in the chair cushion the guy across the table says “hand that here. I think I have a place for that.”

Just one more piece of the puzzle discovered. They will all eventually fix somewhere

Written October 31st, 2017

Next: Postcard from the Cruise Part 1

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