October 16th, 2009
We have been home for two days now and we are so happy to see our family, our bed and our favorite foods. The journey home went pretty well minus one delay. We all took cat naps but that was it. Gracie is still having some jet lag as she was awake for four hours in the night. It was brutal!
Here are the results of the ‘Field of Vision’ tests I had when I arrived in China and when I left. My vision in my right eye still isn’t good enough to do this test, so the results only show the changes in the left eye. When I went to China, my vision was concentrated in a small pinpoint and you can see from the pictures that it is expanding. While it is expanding, it is still not as strong as the central pinpoint of vision. I am just starting to notice contrasts outside of my regular vision field. Hopefully the improvements continue over the next 6 – 9 months though.
I was in hopes that they would run other tests that I could compare to the test they ran when I arrived, but it was a bit of a lesson in China’s health care. They didn’t keep clear enough records in the institute of exactly how the previous tests had been run, so they were run just enough differently from a little bit different angle that made them incomparable.
While it is good to be home, we do miss the many families we met in China. After arriving back in the USA, I continued to feel like I was listening to a foreign language as I listened to people visit in airports and on the planes about their lives. I finally realized that while we met so many wonderful people and grew so close so quickly, I knew nothing about what most of them did for employment, what kind of home they lived in, the brand of car they drove or even what their hobbies or political views were. The closeness you feel with the families you meet definitely go beyond any experience I have ever had or probably will ever have again. I am so grateful and will SEE the world different forever.