Saturday November 20. Chesapeake, Va.

Written by Jack van Ommen on November 20th, 2010

The damage done to my right eye will be very difficult to repair. That is what the verdict is from yesterday’s examination. I had a thorough exam in an eye clinic here, Imoved up through a level C to a level A doctor. They confirmed that it was another Herpes virus attack that left the scars. The scars are right in the center of the eye and very little can be done to mess around in that part of the eye.  The last examiner gave me drops of a styroid medication. He hopes that possibly they will clear up some of the damage. I have another appointment on Monday. 

It is 6 p.m. here and the Irreverent Reverent is broadcasting his Prairie Home Companion from Houston on National Public Radio. After a year back in Europe I feel torn between two continents. Everyone just spoiled the heck out of me in Holland and the Romanians stole my heart, with all the generosity they poured out. It is just 5 days to Thanksgiving and even though I did not grow up with this holiday it is the time that I have missed more than any other holiday when away from the family in the U.S.A.  We’ll be having our Thanksgiving Dinner with my brand new great granddaughter, Lily, her sister Madison and her mom Katie and all the Virginian McDonnells.  

Tomorrow I’ll be joining my old friends here at the 8.30 mass at Ste. Therese church. It will be the first time I’ll participate in a R.C. service since Bratislava on August 29.

From here on in till I get back to the Danube there will be less to report and you all will get a holiday from checking in with this blog.


4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Roger Simard says:

    Bonjour Jack.
    Je pense que tu mérites un peu de repos après les péripéties que tu as vécues ces derniers mois.

    Je te souhaite de passer un merveilleux Thanksgiving avec ta famille et j’espère te lire bientôt.



  2. I’m glad you like your new temporary home. Please don’t stop reporting now. I’m still interested what and how you’re doing. By the way I’m now working at US Spars (Z-Spars) and feel like a kid in a candy store.

    Be well,


  3. jackvanommen says:

    Hallo Matthias,
    Ich wuensche dich MAST und Schotbruch in deiner neue Stelle….
    I will do my best to try and come visit all my old friends in North Florida before flying back to Romania in March.

  4. Camelia says:

    Hello Jack
    Sorry for your problems with the eye, hope to be OK till March.
    Have a nice staing there