I'm very busy raising an eight year old grandson who has cerebral palsy and is blind in one eye.
I'm editing several novels and have completed two illustrated poetry books. Currently I'm looking for interested publishers.
Would love to keep in touch with everyone who enjoys my poetry but there is never enough time. If you'd like updates on what's going on, you'll find it here.
Newsletter Dated: 10/15/2003 11:35:00 AM
Subject: Sandy's Chatterbox
Today we went to school to view a 'stimulation' of 'what Doogie sees' by his blind teacher, Mrs. Lane. There are various stages of vision impairment but Al and I were shocked to learn that Doogie sees at two feet is the equivalent to what we see at 7000 feet!
He's such a brave young man--still never complaining about anything. Vision of 20/70 is considered legally blind; Doogie's vision is far worse than that.
With his cerebral palsy--which is causing growing pains in his legs again--it's hard for Doogie to walk long distances anyway; being blind only makes it worse for him. He's always running into the mirrors on SUV's (even though we try hard to steer him around them) so we're getting a handicap parking sticker from DMV.
I miss hearing from my older sister, Helen. We were all ill prepared for her sudden heart attack. It angers me that, as often as she saw her doctor, he didn't discover that her valves were blocked. Why didn't he take better care of her? She had insurance. Surely it wouldn't have been THAT hard to discover that her heart wasn't functioning right. Please, friends, if you aren't feeling well . . . do check it out. If you don't like the doctor's answer, do get a second opinion. Our health is irreplacable; let's not take it for granted.
Reader's Digest bought the seventh 'filler/funny' from me in thirteen months! I haven't been sending them anything for a while but must get 'back to work'.
Thanks to everyone for their compassion, prayers, condolences, cards, etc. I'm not quite myself yet so forgive me for not writing to each of you personally.
I love you all. Thanks for listening and keep in touch.