Not the week we expected….

Last week finished a little differently than we’d expected.

As I was coming to the end of the week I began to notice my vision being affected.

By ‘vision’ I’m not talking about my spiritual/leadership vision – I’m talking about my actual vision.

I was having coffee with a friend and realised I was seeing less of him at the end of our time than I had at the beginning. (It was an interesting chat so I knew I wasn’t simply dozing off!)

Within an hour or two I was in hospital being given instructions to commence complete bedrest and I had a surgery appointment booked to repair the retina detachment which I now knew I had suffered.


I had surgery on Monday and am now home sporting a ‘terminator styled’ red eye that my 5 year old can’t help discretely looking at.

It’s sore, frustrating and if I’m being totally honest I’m a little worried while we wait to see the final results. That being said the surgeon is very happy with how it went and over the next weeks and months we will fully know the long term impact.

Although it’s all been a bit crazy I sit today thankful;

Thankful for professionals who train, take their job seriously and seek to improve what they do. Years ago this injury would have meant definite blindness in my eye, but today it can be treated. The fact that our National Health Service effectively comes for free is truly unbelievable; those women and men are heroes without capes.

Thankful for family and friends who care. Friends who text and called (calling was more effective as I couldn’t read) friends and family who allowed Janet to come and visit by looking after our boy. Friends who prayed.

Mostly I’m thankful to Jesus for being good, all of the time. As you sit in wards in hospitals you realise everyday someone’s world changes through a strange occurrence or diagnosis. I’m thankful that I have a hope that’s been planted deep in my heart and I pray that everyone would know that same hope.

Thank you for all who have been praying and continue to do so. I’m hoping to see you all soon (with both eyes!)

Neil (with a little help from Janet)

2 thoughts on “Not the week we expected….

  1. So sorry you’ve had to go through this pain. Yes. We have a wonderful Health Service that people take for granted. Bless you. Rest up and heal well. Enjoy family and Christmas. Greetings from the heat down under!! Gillian

  2. Praying for complete healing, it may have taken you by surprise but the one who is bigger than all of this holds you in His hands a place that cannot be shaken. Love & prayers for you and Janet and the family. Heidi xxx

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