I hope you had a great weekend. Me? Not so much. But more about that later in the newsletter. As for walking next weekend, don’t forget we’re competing with the Cap City Half Marathon. Road closures may require you to take a different route to get into (or out of) the Village that morning. We will do the Topiary route to avoid getting mixed up with the race participants.
In the newsletter this week:
- Eye Problems
- Congrats on Last Weekend’s Races
- Nancy and Jeff to host GVWC Walk on May 6
- Crossing the Street During the Boston Marathon
- Why Shoelaces Untie
I Got An Eye Problem – I Can’t See Going To Work This Week
As you may have heard, I had an emergency procedure on Friday afternoon in the surgeon’s office to fix a detached retina in my right eye. The only thing I’ll say about the procedure is that it involved a needle and my eyeball. Yikes! I went back to the retina surgeon, Dr. Dominic Buzzacco, the next morning. After confirming the procedure was successful in reattaching the retina, he used a laser to repair the tear that caused the retina to detach in the first place. All of this was to avoid traditional surgery. The good news is that, so far, it appears both procedures have been successful. The bad news is, I am off work until Wednesday. Indeed, I am not permitted to do anything more strenuous than sitting upright in a chair watching TV. (In fact, I’m dictating this newsletter to Andrea as we speak.) Yes, that’s right, since Friday evening, all I have done all day and all night, is sit upright. Sometimes with my eyes open. Sometimes with them closed. What I wouldn’t give to lie flat…even for a moment. Haha!
Tuesday morning update: I saw Dr. Buzzacco this morning, and he confirmed the success of the procedures. He has released me to do almost all my normal activities (no push ups, chin-ups, burpees until this weekend).
How does a retina become detached? The center of the eye is filled with a jelly-like material—called vitreous—which can pull away from the retina and, in some cases, can tear it. Fluid can then leak through the tear, which allows the retina to detach from the back of the eye. This causes a loss of vision. While flashes and floaters do not always signify a retinal tear or detachment, they can be a warning sign, which was true in my case. I had been bothered for several months by floaters. Though they were a nuisance, my eye doctor told me they were nothing to worry about unless a “curtain” came across my eye. That happened on Friday. The retinal surgeon said it was a good thing I got there when I did. Catching it early greatly improves the outcomes.
Most people with retinal detachments have a genetic predisposition. My mother also experienced a detached retina, though she had hers surgically repaired. Retinal detachments are more likely as we age because the vitreous becomes watery over time. It’s just coincidence that mine happened just one day after my 60th birthday—though I can’t help feeling like the wheels are beginning to fall off.
The lesson here is to not mess around with something like this. If you feel like something is not right with your eyes, get to your doctor immediately!
Congrats to All Who Raced Last Weekend
Congratulations to all GVWC members who completed the Carmel (Indiana) Half Marathon on Saturday. By all accounts, it was a terrific course, though it was hillier than expected. Toni Bailey completed her first-ever half marathon. Well done! Deb Hudson scored a PR, crushing her best time by nearly 12 minutes—almost a minute per mile faster. Now that’s impressive! Pictured below are Toni and Deb, along with Steph Waterman and Vicky Brunetto (looking particularly awesome in her GVWC shirt!). Great job, ladies!
Good Luck to All In Upcoming Races
Look for Jim McVay on Saturday. He’s competing in the Cap City Half Marathon. On Sunday, Stephanie Ladson-Wofford and Linda Romanoff will compete in the Canton Hall of Fame Half Marathon. Good luck to all!
GVWC Walk Hosted by Nancy and Jeff – May 6
Don’t forget: A week from Saturday, Club members Nancy Recchie and Jeff Dalby will host the GVWC walk at their place. We will start and finish the walk at their house, a block from the Topiary Park. Nancy and Jeff have graciously invited us into their home afterwards for some refreshments. More details to come, but please email me if you plan to attend.
How Did the Chicken Cross the Road?
Well, not chickens, exactly. But it’s crazy to watch the crowd crossing the street at the Boston Marathon. According to the good folks at Runner’s World, who posted this video, it’s positively mesmerizing. Andrea and I experienced such a street crossing at the Chicago Marathon. Whoever came up with this feat of engineering is pure genius!
Untangling the Mystery Of Why Shoelaces Come Untied
Did you know there’s science behind shoelace-tying success? Oliver O’Reilly, professor of mechanical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and two graduate students have published a paper, in Proceedings Of The Royal Society Academy, titled “The roles of impact and inertia in the failure of a shoelace knot.” And you thought you learned everything you needed to know in kindergarten.
Thanks to Earth Volunteers
Thanks to Jim, Maureen, Tim, Karen, David and Karin for helping out at the GVWC booth at the celebration of Earth Day at Columbus Commons this past Saturday. Thanks also to Andrea for covering my shifts. You’re a champion. And I’m also going to buy you a new purse.
Route of the Week
This week’s route can be found here.
Motivation of the Week
I really, really, really hope to catch you all Saturday morning. Until then, as always, whatever you do, finish strong!