A few weeks ago I posted a story and pictures of my eyes

as seen by an ophthalmologist’s camera.

I have included it below this ramble.

Since April 29th, the day I was told that removing my eye was the best option, I have been referred to many specialists who have ordered a variety of tests (blood tests, x-rays and a CT Scan) to try to find a definite diagnosis.

I felt there was light at the end of the tunnel after the CT scan, although I was not certain that the light did not belong to a Big Mack 18 wheeler.

The CT told me that some lymph glands were swollen.

Potentially leukemia, or lymphoma.  Not the light I wanted.

So off to the Andrew Love Cancer Centre in Geelong where the doctor suggested my problems were caused by long-term use (over 50 years) of prescribed medications.  The light!

However, to be on the safe side he referred me to a surgeon who was happy to remove the largest lymph gland in my arm pit.

Pathology diagnosis of gland….all clear of the any cancers…but, there’s always a but, I do have Sarcoidosis.

Sarcoidosis is a disease which the medical profession do not know much about.  Even Doctor Google is a bit short on information.

Apparently it has something to do with one’s immune system and usually affects the lungs and other organs including the eye.

Therefore my eye specialist has now declared that I have an A Typical Sarcoidosis something or other in my eye.


Often the disease is left untreated unless symptoms arise or treated with steroids.

So, including scans and blood tests I have marked off 41 medical visits this year, most of which have been since mid-February.

Update: 07/07/2016

Last Monday I was called into my GP to see the report written by the

specialist who had, on the previous Tuesday

declared my eye melanoma free.

MGW was a witness to “…you don’t have a melly...”

Strange word for a specialist, but that’s what he said.

In his written report the best he could say was that

diagnosis was indeterminate.







Black and White Challenge:

Head or Facial Features.


Considering two of my facial features have been

front and centre of my thoughts for the past

few weeks/months this week my eyes are

the subject of my post.

A few months ago I made mention on this forum

that I was going to see an ophthalmologist.


After visiting my third specialist, this one at the

Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne, last Friday…


I was told that I had one healthy eye and one very sick eye (above).

The experts want me to trade it in on a glass eye.

Not my ideal scenario or outcome, considering it is

what I call my “Good Eye“.

The left one being short-sighted since the early 1960s.

So if I go missing for some time in a few weeks, or so,

this is the reason why.

All the above was written last Sunday.

Since then I have seen two more specialists and

have learned a bit more a bout melanomas of the eye.

Mine is very small and I have a loose retina as well.

At the moment I am quite a way from having

my eye removed and have another

appointment planned for late June.

Still a bit of a time bomb but I would not

wish anyone to hear this type of news

the way it was delivered last week.

MGW was telling her colleagues about

my problem on Wednesday.

One of them had a similar experience at the

Ear and Ear Hospital.

He was told he was going blind not long after

he arrived in Australia.

Fortunately his brother-in-law is an ophthalmologist

and he traveled back to his home country for a second opinion.

To this day both eyes are functioning quite well.


Cee’s Black & White Challenge: 







Travel Theme-Harmony




Travel Theme.


pets_0156Two of our younger pooches in harmony all the time.


Surfers in harmony


In harmony again.

DC Photography

You may have noticed a lack of bedding in the previous photo.

This photo may explain why.

It has been a battle to keep any bedding anywhere

except where these two drop it.

Not a harmonious relationship.


 One pooch not in harmony with the rest of the gang.


A filter and some shading and the sky looks

anything but harmonious with the rest of the world.


Where’s My Backpack: Harmony