USA by Rail  still trying to get out of dodge… with or without my eye i’m gonna do it!

my last attempt i rolled a jeep and lost my left eye. let’s see if this time i can keep my right.
any bets??

here are amtrak train routes:

USA by Rail


3 thoughts on ““journey”

  1. Hi Tanya:

    Love your web site. I lost the sight in my left eye after a neighborhood kid shot me with a BB gun when I was 13 years old. After multiple surgeries all hope for restored vision was lost. I still managed to work as a Paramedic for over a decade and I was beaten up by drug dealers, been shot at and have been in multiple fairly major car-ambulance accidents over the years.

    Right now I am a biopharmaceutical researcher who may soon become involved in working in AID’s programs or the Darfur Crisis in Africa. In other words, losing my sight has not stopped my from doing anything that I have ever wanted to do. In fact it has saved me from doing some stupid things like joining the Army during time of over patriotic fervor.

    My eye has deteriorated over the years and it do’es not look great right now. I lived in LA for a while and I went to Beverly Hills to have a Scleral Shell done but these things are way to painful for me. I’m left with eye patch or enunciation. I have a shell for formal attire when I need to impress, otherwise I just go around au natural. I now live on the east coast now and it’s funny because I go to Salem Massachusetts every year for Halloween and I always dress as a Pirate. Everyone loves my convincing get up.

    Anyway just thought that I would share.

    Thanks Tanya.

    Tim Withington


  2. Hi, thought that I would post an update. My eye was not really looking that good over the past few years so I had a Evisceration procedure done by a great surgeon, Dr. Zackary Klett in Madison Connecticut. I highly recommend him as a surgeon. An evisceration is where they remove the white part of the eye as well as all of the contents but leave the conjunctiva and the muscles intact. I wear a artificial eye over the conjunctiva. The eye moves as well. Many folks don’t like the idea of an evisceration because of the risk of sympathetic ophthalmia. I did a lot of research before I had this done and found that sympathetic ophthalmia is very rare and occurs mostly in non surgical trauma to involving exposure over long periods by the body to certain structures of the eye causing an immune response. Anyway I could not be happier with the results. For the first time I when I meet people the first thing that they notice about me is no longer my deformed eye. What a liberating experience. All the best Tanya and all.


  3. Hi Tim, I am so glad to get such nice encouragement on your eviscerated eye. I have been searching desperately for some positive comments because i am scheduled for an evisceration to my right eye next April 2011. My greatest fear is extrusion. Can you enlighten me a bit more on how you tolerate during the lst 7 days of surgery and is it normally necessary to go back to the surgeon or just wait to have the prosthesis done on the 8th week. What is your advice to keep it from infected easily?I have been very depressed over the decision to have it eviscerated but i looked ugly for the last 5 years with a clouded cornea. Thank you in advance for your advices.



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