Saturday, April 10, 2010

Eye Problems During My Mission

I was reading some of my journal entries from my mission the other day. I didn’t keep too consistent of a journal and the entries are sporadic. I mostly wrote everything that was happening in long letters home to my family which I have compiled into a big three-ring binder at home.

If you were to peruse my personal mission journal, though, you would think I had suffered severe eyesight problems. Either that or I was going blind. Why? Because very frequently I would write that I was having problems with my eyes.

Here is an example:

“Still having problems with my eyes. I can’t quite see straight. Not sure if I should go to the doctor or just carry on. Seems to get better with time but it comes back in waves. My companion isn’t aware of the issue or that he might be contributing to it, but for now I think I will just persevere.”

And one more:

“Eyes are still sore and it is giving me a headache. Don’t know what I should do. Washing them out seems to help, but the problem keeps coming back.”

I smile to myself reading these entries. I developed code words for things in my journal and in letters home so everyone could read them but only I knew what they really meant. By sharing these specific excerpts on this particular platform, I am quite confident you can deduce what my eye problems truly signified.


  1. Fascinating. This idea never occurred to me - I either left stuff out, or completely avoided the journal.

  2. That's funny. As I was reading your post, I was thinking about a common activity that might have been contributing to your vision problems. I know of what I speak as my glasses and hairy knuckles demonstrate.

  3. Hilarious. That reminds me of entries in my journal, although I don't think I was ever brave enough to write home in code.

    Welcome to the MoHo community. I look forward to following you.

  4. OMG! I can't decide weather to gewt my eyes checked or not. I can't read the big letter of an eye chart. Is that bad?