Well I did say I had a bit of a dilemma a few articles back and it has not gone away. The problem is one that comes to many of us as we get older and that is cataracts of the eyes and that is what I am suffering from at the moment, along with something that may become a bit more serious in the next few years.
The thing is though guys, you readers are going to be witnesses to an experiment I am going to carry out on myself.
Now I was told quite a few years back that I had cataracts starting to form but fortunately they developed at different rates, so as my left eye started to cloud over, my right eye just picked up the extra work load and so I could function as normal.
Well finally the left eye clouded over so bad that it was useless, which I found quite interesting, as I realised how important two eyes are in judging depth. I found myself pouring the water to my coffee onto the work surface and then not being able to judge going down steps in a way I used to take for granted. It was all most interesting but eventually became just plain annoying.
Eventually, the cataract in my left eye clouded over the pupil, so that eye is now effectively blind and I can see nothing through it unless it is very bright. The result is when I do the site now I find that after awhile, the strain on my right eye becomes too great and it starts flashing and blurring so I have to keep on taking breaks, which I find most frustrating as I am trying to get some article out or research done which sometimes makes me irritable with people I have to deal with.
I could put it off no longer. I made an appointment with the opticians and the ophthalmologist confirmed that the left eye was shot and would require surgery to rectify it and that eventually the cataract in the right eye would also require treatment at some time in the future. Fair enough, these things happen.
However, he also pointed out, that I have marked xanthelasmata, he wrote a letter to my nearest eye hospital to put me on the waiting list for surgery, my Doctor about the xanthelasmata and suggested I see my GP at the earliest possible date.
My eyes being so poor, I had not noticed that the skin around my eyes had changed colour - I think actually it was the Corsham Crusader who first pointed it out to me some time ago.
Returning home from the opticians I checked out this article on the Daily Mail and realised that perhaps I was not really Peter Pan and was in fact mortal like everyone else.
A study of almost 13,000 people found people with the patches, known as xanthelasmata, were more likely have a heart attack or die within 10 years.
Well, being honest, the thought of dying has never worried me because I have had a great life - and besides, dropping dead from a heart attack is much more preferable to becoming senile and winding up in some care home being slapped about by some damned enricher who does not give a toss about elderly white patients - that was never going to happen anyway. I have an arrangement.
More important for now though, is the problem with my eyes. I have been told that the waiting list for a cataract removal is nine months. Yep that figures - sort out all the third world enrichers first and send foreign aid to help those who would wipe us of the face of the earth.
So waiting nine months is the first option and an option I hope to avoid. I need to function to keep this site going until I am replaced.
The other option is to go private, but that costs a staggering £2,000 per eye.
Now I could probably soon save enough for my blind eye with some help from my family and I will have to think about what is important in my life and what costs I can cut to raise the money. Do not worry, I am not asking you guys. This is my problem.
But there is a third option. There is a product on sale in Switzerland called Bright Eyes, which is a course of eye-drops that dissolves the cataracts and that was once on sale over the chemists counter in this country and America until the medical authorities banned it.
Now when you consider that the surgical removal of cataracts is a billion dollar business in the US and the UK, you might understand why they would ban the use of a product that requires no expensive but easy surgery.
So that is the option I am going to go for, whilst retaining my place on the waiting list for surgery.
I might add also, that I am not just taking this course for selfish reasons, like wishing to see clearly again. There is a BIG story here and I will make the perfect Guinea Pig to evaluate the claims made by the eye drops manufacturers. I have a full cataract over my left pupil and can see very little through it and so should soon be able to judge whether the treatment is working or not.
Now in fact as you can see from the Bright Eyes website, their product was actually reviewed on the Richard and Judy show in the UK, when you could still buy Bright Eyes in the chemists when it first came out. I do suggest that if you have cataracts, that you watch it here on youtube and then their follow up report that was made just 6 weeks later. Encouraging, wouldn't you say?
Now the cost of the full treatment if paid for in full is £249 or £401 if you buy each week and there is a 80% chance of success. Very bad cataracts may well require another partial course of treatment.
Now then back to my dilemma. I could only afford to order two weeks treatment, because last month this site only received in donations and subscriptions just 50% of its operating cost for the month and again I have had to subsidise the site out of the three small pensions that I live on.
But back to the eyes. So the trial of this product on myself started yesterday (the image is of my left eye and the cataract we are out to get) and I will give a weekly report on the success or failure of the treatment.
Should it start to look promising then I will order the rest of the product required to complete the course and restore my sight but I cannot pay for it and my other living costs if I keep on having to fund this site.
On the 1st of November I have to pay out close on £600 to pay for our licences, server and other costs to keep the site going. If you mouse over the Donate Button you can see what we have had in so far.
Not looking good is it and it looks worse through one eye but I tell you this, I would rather pay those companies that service this site and go without the treatment and wait nine months for surgery rather then let them down.
You might also like to know that you can in fact make donations by other means than Paypal by using any of the cards shown on the Donate Screen.
Monthly subscriptions (thank you to the nine £4 subscribers and the £8 subscriber) can still only be made via Paypal.
Now should this treatment be successful, then it will show just how rotten the system is, because I believe there are a few other major medical and technological advances being kept from the public, just so vested interest groups can retain their wealth, power and control over us.