A Poke in the Eye

Some time in mid-March of this year, I had surgery to repair a torn retina. This involves local anesthetic to numb the eye, and the insertion of three hollow needles into the eyeball, through which the surgeon inserts the tools of his trade while he works on the retina. The retina, by the way, is in the back of the eye. It took about ninety minutes, and was somewhat less than pleasant.

Three weeks ago I had root canal work done.

I speak with a measure of expertise when I state categorically that a root canal beats a poke in the eye with a sharp stick, any time.

On the twentieth of this month the eye surgeon gets his second shot at that same eye. He has to go in and remove the silicon oil he put in as a barrier to prevent the vitreous fluid from adhering to the retina during the healing period. I am not excited about this. But truth to tell, he is a marvelous doc. I just wish I was writing about this happening to some other fella, and not yours truly.

Since this is supposed to be a blog about writing and selling books. allow me to mention that I will be at a local market this weekend, making friends and selling books. On the fifteenth of May, I have a book signing at Well Loved Books on Blanding Blvd, south of Jacksonville, between two and six pm.


About Gary Showalter

Gary Showalter was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He lived in Aruba, Florida and the Panama Canal Zone before joining the U.S. Army during the 1960s. Following his discharge from the Army, Mr. Showalter picked cotton in East Texas, baled hay in Ardmore Oklahoma, sold light bulbs in Los Angeles, California, and built cattle pens in Fallon, Nevada (during a blizzard, of course). After settling in Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Showalter worked as a professional gardener before turning his hand to furniture making. In 1981, he moved to Israel, married, and raised four children while working as a furniture maker, silversmith, goldsmith, and ornamental wood turner. He served in the Israel Defense Forces Reserves for sixteen years, and when not on active duty he worked in government and private security. He has also served in senior management positions in two software development companies in Israel. During his time in Israel, Mr. Showalter published articles dealing with international terror and the Israel-Arab conflict in the Jerusalem Post, Israel national News and several political science web sites. Mr. Showalter returned to the United States in the fall of 2003, to care for an elderly parent. He published his first novel, “The Big Bend”, in the fall of 2008. His second novel, “Hog Valley”, is now in print. Mr. Showalter's third novel, “Twisted Key”, was published in the fall of 2011, and his fourth novel, "Lonesome Cove" is now available in Kindle format and should be published in paper near the end of 2012. He currently lives in Deland, Fl, where he is co-authoring "A Silent Star" with Tony Attanasio. "A Silent Star" is the true tale (though novelized, with names changed for security reasons) about the 4-person covert action team sent into Yemen to capture Osama Bin laden immediately after the bombing of the USS Cole in the Aden harbor in Yemen in October of 2000.
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