Thursday, August 22, 2013

An ode to the eye

Sometimes random thing happen that upset your equilibrium.   Yellow jackets were making a nest in my roof, and two made there way into my studio before I had figured out what they were up to outside.   I'm not scared of insects, and I love bees, so I didn't think much of it, but one of them dive bombed me and stung me just below the eye for no reason.  I don't have great eyesight, but still, I don't honor my eyes and appreciate them as much as should, considering how much I depend on them.  Now with this bite, and allergic reaction, I can feel my right eye with everything I do.  It's hard to see.  Harder to work, I feel really unbalanced and my cheek is hot and striving to meet my eyelid and antihistamines don't seem to be doing much even in double doses to keep the swelling down.  I guess this is the perfect opportunity to say a prayer of thanks to my eyes and all they do for me on a daily basis, and hopefully this won't last too awfully long.  Thank you eyes, for everything you do for me.  I look forward to your returning to normal soon, with effortless sight, which I will won'tt take for granted.  I can see inwardly with my eyes closed, so many of the things that I want to make or draw, but seeing outwardly is just as necessary..... 

5 comments:

Enchanted Blue Planet said...

How very unsettling for you Jenny. Always there are catalysts that drag us right into the present moment. Fortunately, this, too, will pass and you will be "free" again. I wish you a speedy recovery.
In the meantime, I hope you can use this healing time as a call for whatever "seeing" you must do, as you say, "inwardly" in your life. Big hugs from a grateful fan.

smartcat said...

This is scary stuff. I hope you recover soon and will be back up to speed.
Two thing:
1. Yellow jackets become more vicious and territorial as their nest increases. Get a good long distance wasp and hornet spray and get rid of it.
2. If the bite gets worse get medical help immediately. You become more sensitive to stings as you get older so your might want to do some research on what to do if stung again.
We do take our senses for granted until something goes wrong. Toes crossed for all good things for you.

Anonymous said...

I had to wear an eye patch for a while as a child; it's a vague memory which probably affected me, creating a fear of losing eyesight and what I could do if it happened. I have a tendency to close my eyes and feel pieces too, seeing if the touch is as good as the look. What an unsettling and painful experience, to have a yellow jacket attack, forcing you to kill the rest. They are quite territorial, and you have no choice. I wish you quick healing and a peaceful workspace. You make beautiful work and since I can't touch it, I do want to continue seeing it - naomi

Melissa Kojima said...

Ah, I'm so sorry to hear this Jenny. You are taking it so well and I admire you for "seeing" it in such a wonderful light. Take it easy and let yourself heal. Hugs to you.

Jenny Mendes said...

:) Thanks!