So I went up to [street name] to see her. Trouble is she won’t let me pay. So, you know, I can’t keep doing that. And she said, “Well you’ve got a lot of blood behind the eye.” Anyway to cut a long story short, it’s what they call an occlusion. And something behind the eye breaks and there’s no way you can do anything about it.
She called in a consultant… a friend of hers to see me as well. He was a specialist in glaucoma and they were very helpful. But I felt very embarrassed about my consultant here, you see. At any rate the blood cleared. I had to take a lot of Acetazolamide tablet you take by mouth. It makes your fingers and toes like pins and needles and that sort of thing, so you have to be very careful not to have too much of it. But he’d given it to me before, the consultant, when the pressure was a bit high, but he’d only give me three and say, “Come and see me in a week.” And always it had gone down. But anyway this time I took it for quite a long time.
Anyway eventually I saw the private consultant again, because I was due, I used to make an appointment months in ahead, and I told him what had happened. But he said again dramatically, “My God. You’ve had an occlusion” [laughs]. He said, “There’s nothing you can do.” But I can get about with it… I can’t read a thing, I can’t read the biggest letter on the chart.
But I can, fortunately read with the other eye. It’s a bit of a strain sometimes, but you know, it’s quite possible, and if you look round my house, you’ll find a magnifying glass here, one in the kitchen, one in the bedroom [laughs].
Any rate, I decided I really ought to change. I had nothing against him, but I mean he was about 75 by that time, and I was about 81. So I thought it was time we parted. It was very amicable and he sent me to the consultant at [hospital], and he said to me, “He’ll be all right. I trained him.”
So I went to [consultant] and he looked after me. I don’t see him very, because you see all different people, but I would see him if there was anything they didn’t know what to do about. On this occasion the consultant said, “I’m going to operate on that eye.” It’s not my good eye. The pressure didn’t go down, you see, everything went up when I had this occlusion and they couldn’t get it down again like it used to be.
So he said I’ll have to operate on that eye. And I said do you mean a trabeculectomy. “Oh no, he said, we do a modern thing now with a little tube, it’s called an Ahmed tube. We put it in.”