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Old 07-11-2018, 04:24 PM
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One thing that my friend’s husband brought up about wearing goggles that may totally throw a wrench into my snorkeling plans: I am practically blind without my glasses.

He said he knows a nearsighted kid who does a lot of snorkeling, and he has prescription goggles!

That would be a colossal waste of money for me—but I wonder how cheap soft contacts are these days, or if my eyes can even tolerate them.
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Thank you, Anna.
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Old 07-11-2018, 05:16 PM
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Gilly- with such news as yours- it creates an excellent medium for honesty. You are navigating your way through these troubled waters well, I think. Connections are very important in the here and now.
Prayers and support.
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Old 07-11-2018, 05:17 PM
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Oh my gosh Gilmer....you never fail to amaze me Lovebug..
I’m sure your most gracious gift of offering up your suffering will impact that troubled soul immensely.
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And I think I brought some genuine moments of good cheer to him, too.

You never know how spiritual things you say really impact someone you don’t know, but at least I think I helped foster some genuinely merry moments between him and his parents during a tense and difficult time.
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Old 07-11-2018, 06:16 PM
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I dunno even if you only get to go snorkelling once, that to me would be a priceless experience.

Money be damned

Hope you can work something out Kathy

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Old 07-11-2018, 06:25 PM
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I will. It gives me an excuse to see my eye doctor again and say goodbye.

He has always been one of my greatest advocates. I like him a great deal.
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Good news! I found a site online that sells prescription snorkeling masks for $68!

If I can fly to Florida, I can certainly afford $68!

I’ll tell my younger daughter about it, too!
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Old 07-11-2018, 07:09 PM
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YW Gil and Ann. You know the only thing worse than participating in a mutual admiration society? Not having one!

I am glad you solved the prescription mask deal. You can also donate them back to the company to donate to another without the means.

We have to keep treating each other like VIPs folks. If we don't, who will?
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Originally Posted by Gilmer View Post
Good news! I found a site online that sells prescription snorkeling masks for $68!

If I can fly to Florida, I can certainly afford $68!

I’ll tell my younger daughter about it, too!
I'm always misplacing my glasses. I just pictured myself with nothing to see with but a prescription snorkeling mask....
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Hi Kathy,

Sending continued support and love.

I have a book I read many years ago, “Under the Ombré Tree” so much so, I can hardly remember it. But what stuck out for me was all through her life she’d been waiting for this precious present that was going to come, she’d been told about from a family member I think. Anyhow, when she was older, yes you’ve guessed, the precious present was the here and now.

I’m truly honoured and pleased that we met (metaphorically) so I can share part of your precious present, my friend.

Much love to you and your family
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Old 07-11-2018, 11:17 PM
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Originally Posted by STDragon View Post
I'm always misplacing my glasses. I just pictured myself with nothing to see with but a prescription snorkeling mask....
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Hi Kathy/Gilmer,

Somehow I missed this page the past week. I am so sorry and sad about your diagnosis, but in true Gilmer fashion you've found glimmer she of hope, and managed to support and comfort those around you.

You have been one of the positive posters I always look for on SR, and I always think of you as glimmer, that glimmer of hope on all posts. I am going to hold out for some hope that you may find an experimental treatment that works.

In the meantime though, I am going to follow all of your excursions. Wildwood reminds me of summers in college, about 30 of us would go there and Seasode Heights, and cram into a cheap little hotel for a week. We spent the day at the beach, and the evenings making poor choices! However, I have fond memories of the friendships that still are there today. I hope you will post some of your pictures.

I will continue to check in daily to see how you are doing. Sending so much love, and so many prayers your way.

❤️Delilah
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Thanks, Delilah!

I will!
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Originally Posted by Itchy View Post

Here is one for us all I wrote:

Think we’re only here to help you, when we send you daily prayer?
Never realizing your courage, helps us all with what you’ve shared,
For you all have taken chances, self- disclosed, that’s really rare,
But for all the grace of our God, we could find ourselves right there.

So you’ve given us a benchmark, of just what it really takes,
To go out and meet the challenge, when the fates put on the brakes,
To the life we took for granted, to the love we’d not forsake,
And the sudden realization, that we all could share your fate.

So I'll try to pass along, and acknowledge that I see,
Things I hadn't thought through, things I now see differently,
Those I cherish just may have to, earlier than hoped take leave,
Or the roles might be reversed, they might have to care for me.

Some will make it past the gates, that threaten simple lives,
Rise again, recovered, once again their spirit thrive,
Upon the love that always was the reason we survived,
Without them would we only feel, that we had been deprived?

For those who suffer, losses deep, I have one thing to say,
Would you have them, have to do, what you went through today?
Or would you rather spare them, all the pain you had to take,
Be the one to be the rock, that helped them on their way?

I’ve lost some too, who've loved me, as I loved each one of them,
Rather than remorse, and mortal pain on requiem,
I shall smile, and think on all, good times and not condemn,
Them for leaving, me in grieving,
With no rose, and just the stem.

Celebrate the time you had, cherish moments spent with them.

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Itchy, this is so very beautiful. Thank you!
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Glad you found prescription googles, Kathy. They really helped my swimmer daughter who was so sight I paired that she couldn’t see the black lane line on the bottom of the pool below her nor the wall in front of her she would mentally count her strokes which wasn’t totally foolproof.

Sending you love and lifting prayers.
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Kathy, thanks for this lesson in offering it up. You have much to teach us, and we have much to learn.



When I scuba dive I use stick-on bifocals. Otherwise I can see most things except my wrist computer, which tells me when it's time to surface. Or my air gauge. Pretty important.
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Kathy - I love it that you found the goggles - but more than anything, I love it that you wanted to find them. You are remarkable.
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