In our local geocaching circles, the Geolympix 2016 has been a long time coming and has been something I have been looking forward to. As it turned out, something better has taken priority in the form of the NHS. They gave me a date of Thursday 28th July for my second cataract operation which, for me, was fantastic and not something I would postpone for anything. It’s so good to get my “proper” sight back but it’s a pity that I can’t sensibly attend the Geolympix. The hospital’s do’s & don’ts mean it’s unadvisable to risk damage or infection by going geocaching, plus there’s the issue of regular application of eye drops, etc…
So I’m reluctantly going to be missing out on this Mega Event. Once I’m “allowed out” again I fully intend to mop up all the new geocaches the Geolympix team have placed specifically for the Mega. It will be fantastic to be able to search for caches using the unbeatable “Human Eyeball Mk I” once again!
By the way, there was another special moment this evening: an excellent overhead pass by the International Space Station which I was able to see with my newly restored vision. Haven’t seen one of those for a long while. Fan-bloody-tastic!
Anyway, in case this is the first you’ve heard, here’s a last minute plug for my dear friends’ Mega Event:
If you haven’t heard and fancy going, see these links:
The GC5XXYY cache page and the official GEOLYMPIX 2016 web site
And if you know nothing about the Geolympix or Geocaching, there’s this on the BBC.
Oh, and if you are interested in reading more about the saga of my retinal surgery, etc., you are welcome to visit my eye surgery blog, see the link towards the bottom of the sidebar under “Quite Interesting”.
Well I haven’t done any caching since the middle of May. Many other things occupying my time, even including doing some interior decorating (still not completed!) which I was determined to get underway before my latest trip to the eye surgeon.
Then there has been my recent procedure to remove the cataract from my right eye, which now means I have to be careful (no poking my face into bushes in search of tupperware) and I can’t drive for a week, either. Hopefully once all this eye stuff is out of the way I can get on with some serious geocaching. Once I’ve finished the decorating…
Back in September we had a late family holiday after the school holidays ended. By now I would have posted something about my geocaching activities (especially as I managed to drag Mrs. WP and both my daughters along on a caching trip). So, where is that very interesting post? I hear you ask. (Ok so you might not actually have vocalised that particular question but it’s a convenient link).
Soon after we got back from Devon I had another retinal detachment, this time in my left eye.
While I could see perfectly well before the surgery, afterwards I couldn’t see a thing for a couple of weeks and it is only recently that my eye has recovered sufficiently to return me to something approaching normal allowing me to break radio silence.
Last time, my enforced sabbatical from geocaching resulted in a slump (no finds) of 49 days. As of today, I’ve equalled my existing record and if I don’t find a cache tomorrow I will have set a new one. While I’ve been tempted to take a leaf out of the book of the only blind geocacher I know, the intrepid Washknight, my eye has not yet fully recovered from its surgery so I’m not ready to risk getting it poked with a branch or some such while I rummage under the hedgerow for a small item of tupperware. I am, however suffering from the geocaching equivalent of cabin fever.
Maybe I’ll get around to writing that Devon geocaching post to stop myself looking at all those new caches on the map…
Before my retina inconsiderately detached itself I had already built up a fairly long period of not finding a cache. GC.com call this (slightly disparagingly) a “slump”.
By last week I had easily set a new personal slump record. Luckily there was an event on Tuesday organised by a local cacher over Chesham-way, so with Bob providing the transport, I managed to attend. It was an enjoyable evening.
That stopped my longest slump in its tracks at 49 days! My next target is to actually get back outside and find my first physical geocache of 2015.
I’m still catching up with the diary of my experiences with my detached retina. I’m posting it on its own blog, http://wizzardize.wordpress.com.
Today was the last time I have to have Atropine eye drops. That’s progress – even though I still have over a month of all the other eye drops. Onwards & Upwards!
My sister-in-law kindly drove me to Cambridge and back today as I had a follow-up appointment at Addenbrooke’s Eye Clinic. My consultant seems very pleased with the way my eye is recovering, which is excellent news. I’m still on numerous eye drops for at least another month but everything seems to be improving nicely.
Meanwhile now that my vision is improving and I can actually see well enough to type, I’m trying to catch up with my “eye” blog.