What the Hell is BRVO?


This is what I looked like after Kaiser beat me up last week. Concerned about blurriness in my left eye, I checked in to Ophthalmology. Turns out I have Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion. Untreated it can lead to blindness in the effected eye. Treatment involved a shot in my left eyeball. What fun. I will go back in the month for a followup. Prognosis is good, though may involved periodic shots in the eye on a regular basis. For more information, check it out on Google. Oh boy, ain’t the 80s fun?

Hooray For Luther Burbank

This is a Meyer Lemon Tree in our front yard. Six months ago, I picked a lemon, sliced it in half and put about a dozen seeds between moist paper towels to let them germinate. Only one germinated. I put it in dirt and BINGO!

I talk to it every day, keep it well watered, and give it plenty of light. Look at it now! 

Years ago, psychologists found that pets are hugely helpful for elderly living alone. Further research showed that house plants have the same effect. Maybe this little lemon tree will keep me healthy into my 90s. I’ll keep you posted.

Meanwhile, Out in the Garden…

To my amazement, this Cabbage Palm seemed to just explode with these white flowers when the rain stopped.

My photo / Stories Book Has a New Title:

The Bell Tolls for Thee:

A Lifetime of Photography and Stories 

Each man’s death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.

– John Donne, 1624

Latest photo added to the chapter, “Work.”

9 thoughts on “What the Hell is BRVO?

  1. Grant says:

    I’m going to Kaiser today with Angie for her monthly shot in the eye. Bummer. It’s a lifetime commitment for her. Join the club.

  2. Susan Page says:

    This health setback is going on your permanent record you know!!! Just keep up with your monthly appointments! (Do the shots make the blurry go away?)

  3. Marty Horowitz says:

    Rick, are you sure it’s not your ears with the problem with all that leaf blowing and power washing going on Harrison? Thanks for taking the hit for all the neighborhood leaf blowers I had nasty thoughts. Leviticus 24:19-21, reads, “And if a man cause a blemish in his neighbour; as he hath done, so shall it be done to him; breach for breach, eye for eye, tooth for tooth: as he hath caused a blemish in a man, so shall it be done to him again.

  4. Pat T says:

    Rick, I have been procrastinating a call to you. It will tell the story of my dynamite cousin who
    is pushing 95. Her high energy life has continued with delight due to eye shots for about 10
    years…. But I learned yesterday that I’ve been rapidly losing my hearing. I’m just wondering
    where I could get some ear shots.

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