This coming week I have the excitement of laser treatment on my left eye. Blood vessels have been growing so need zapping to burst them. Unfortunate consequence may be loss of some peripheral vision. All more or less clear on endoscopy and colonoscopy but no answers yet on iron deficiency anaemia. Had an iron infusion to see if that helps.
Wednesday, 11 May 2022
Sunday, 3 April 2022
Finished radiotherapy on Wednesday, now on fast track referral for suspected upper GI cancer. Nephrology appointment this week. Eye appointment at the end of the month to see how much improvement has occurred since injections last month and decision about further treatment.
Difficult to concentrate on creative work at present. Hope to do image for new Parkinson’s exhibition soon.
Saturday, 26 March 2022
Completed the course of three injections in my eye and so far have about 60% of vision back in my left eye. Now waiting a month for next appointment with various scans etc. to find out what the next steps might be. Injections cost £800+ each time!
Three more radiotherapy sessions to go next week for completion of prostrate cancer treatment.
Next is investigation into iron deficiency anaemia and potential internal bleed.
Difficult to envisage what else might go wrong!
Needless to say I have not been making lately but hope to get back to it soon.
Thursday, 20 January 2022
Until you have eyesight issues it is possibly impossible to understand just how we rely on clear vision.
Hospital today to begin a course of treatment to try to improve the sight in my left eye after a central optical vein occlusion (blood clot). Today I have an injection into my eye. Sounds like fun.
Next week I have the prelims for radiotherapy for prostate cancer. Getting old can be a challenge!
Tuesday, 11 January 2022
Sunday, 5 December 2021
I have been dabbling with image making experiments, once again expressing my reactions to medical issues around declining faculties experienced during the ageing process. This time I am endeavouring to express some subtle and not so subtle changes in visual acuity that have come about by an eye stroke or technically termed a Central Retinal Vein Occlusion.
Apparently this causes a haemorrhaging of blood into the back of the eye that affects the retina and a loss of vision. So at the moment my sight in my left eye varies from 90% to 10% loss with blurring.
The images shown below are an attempt to describe those losses which may or may not become permanent at any of these stages or complete loss as a worst case scenario. Hopefully it will remain as a single eye phenomenon.
My inspiration for this new series is prompted by the work of Italian artist Robert Bosisio. I am using photographic methods to achieve a similar effect but for different expressive outcomes. I am using the new Shiftcam system of lenses for the iPhone for this creative exercise.
The images below are re-purposed or re-photographed images from my originals or from screen shots from computer monitors or TV screens. I am finding new ways to edit or manipulate etc., as I go along this journey.
Sometimes, I have a central white area with a gold halo and parts of the image showing.
At other times, I have just blurry images or images that are interrupted by a greyed out mesh with segments of the image passing through; I am yet to explore this as a visual representation.