Fish people are THE best people
I mentioned before that my husband, Chris, has been having health problems. He has been struggling with Glaucoma in his left eye for seven years, and this past spring in early May, he developed a condition called bullous keratopathy, and was eventually diagnosed with a condition called Iridocorneal Endothelial Syndrome. It is exceptionally rare and painful, as cysts form on the cornea and rupture, exposing the nerves to air. He was unable to use either eye, and is completely blind in his left eye. He had multiple corneal scrapings, was fitted with bandage lenses, was on tons of meds, but the disease just kept getting worse. We have a big yard, and a house that needs a lot of work as well as two pre-teen daughters. The projects and maintenance have been piling up, and he had to go out on disability from his job as a power plant supervisor. Our mower is in pieces, his truck is WAY past inspection and needs all new tires, etc etc. I have not been able to do any imports or transhipments of fish or critters, have missed speaking engagements, and have been shipping very little trying to maintain our family, and help him during this painful process. This past week, he had a corneal transplant. We are very, very thankful for the gift from the donor family, and he seems to be responding well, with the graft taking and he is out of pain for the first time in almost three months. He still has a road ahead of him, but things are vastly improving. If this works, while he will not gain any vision in that eye but he will get to keep the eye. If it does not work, his eye will have to be removed.
Throughout all of this, I have had staggering support from my fish family and friends. I have received scads of texts, emails, private messages, facebook messages, wall posts and so much good mojo, prayers, thoughts, and well wishes that it has made this entire ordeal almost tolerable. Well, that fish family took it one step further. A few close fish friends decided to try and get a care package together for us. They created a facebook group, and did a fund drive. The fund drive went much bigger than they were expecting, and this morning they surprised us with a pretty monumental amount of money, which will go a long way in helping our family. I cannot possibly say in words what this meant to us. It means we can get his truck street legal again, it means my daughters will not feel how badly this whole process has impacted us (and our finances), it means Chris can BREATH and not stress about hurrying back to work before it is really advised, and it will make me getting my business back on track a priority sooner rather than later.
Thank you, my fish family and friends- from the bottom of our hearts. No one has ever done anything like this for me in my entire life. We are touched, flabbergasted, and so very grateful.