Eye Graduated

Praise the Lord! I went early Wednesday afternoon to see Dr Rhea Anne Ordoyo, at Medical Plaza, for my 3 week follow up appointment concerning my Cataract Surgery. All was well and Doctora told me…You Graduated! No more Eye follow up appointments for 3 months.

Concerning the Macular Degeneration in my left eye, I am on an enhanced National Eye Institute recommended diet, to help combat the disorder. There is nothing in the diet that I do not enjoy eating, among Fish, Lean Meats, Veggies, Fruits and Nuts. It is always best to intake your Vitamins, Nutrients and Minerals via Food than by taking Supplements, which can be a risk to some people with a history of allergic reactions to oral Medications and/or Supplements.

How do these sound to ya? Fresh Fruits…Avocado, Red Grapes, Mangoes, Kiwi, Oranges, Pomelo, Cantaloupe, Watermelon and Dried Fruits. For Snacks…Almonds, Walnuts, Pistachios, Cashews, Sunflower Seeds and Pumpkin Seeds. Fresh Veggies…Spinach, Broccoli, Chinese Cabbage, Mustard Greens, Zucchini, Carrots, Squash, Pumpkin, Sweet Potatoes, Bell Peppers (especially Orange ones), Black Eye Peas, Red Beans, and local Vegetables found in the Philippines. Some of these local Green Leafy Vegetables do not have an English name, that I know of! Malunggay and Kang Kong come to mind.

The Main Course

I did not have to cut back since I always eat lean cuts of Pork and Beef. I trim the fat when necessary. I already eat more Chicken than I eat Pork and Beef.

Fish and Shellfish. I Sea Food and eat them all! There is a Treasure Trove of Fresh Seafood all around Bacolod, especially in the South of the city, where we like to buy from local Fisher Folk. Their Seafood is always Sea Fresh! Fish, Shrimp and Prawns, Crabs, Green Shell Mussels, Oysters, Clams and seasonal Scallops.

The Fish I most often ate in the past was Cream Dory Fillets, which is actually Shark Catfish that originates from Vietnam. It is readily available in Bacolod City Supermarkets. For my Eye Health, I am now eating more Fatty Fish for their Omega 3 benefit. Salmon, Sardines, Mackerel, Tuna and Anchovies.

I will have to cut back on the Fried Shellfish but not completely. Fried Oysters rock! Hey, have you ever tried Deep Fried Mussels? They are good, too!

I hope to see you one day, somewhere…all around Bacolod.

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Faith In Times of Crisis

Due to my extreme loss of vision, I had not been able to comment about the Pandemic. Last year, during the initial lock down in Bacolod, March 2020, due to the China Virus, we retreated to our farmhouse, located about 35km south of Bacolod. We stayed at our farmhouse for several months, as it was a great place to be. There was then and still today, very few cases of the China Virus in our country home, in our Barangay and in our Municipality. Praise the Lord!

I prayed from day one for God to build a Hedge all the way around us all, that reaches way up to the Sky. The Lord answered my prayer, for which I am forever thankful. My prayer also goes out for everyone and I have prayed that the China Virus will soon be eradicated from Earth.

I have been a Born Again Christian since I was 17 years old and my Faith in the Lord and the Blessed Assurance of Jesus have kept me going for most of my lifetime. God has not always moved when I wanted Him to but God has always, always, always arrived on time! He has never been late.

My words cannot ever express how thankful I am for God leading me through several challenges the past year, which were especially trying of my Faith. However, I know the trial of my Faith is more precious than Gold and Silver, for when I am weak, Jesus makes me strong! Thanks to Him, I am still standing.

I give a special and a big thank you to Dr Rhea Anne Ordoyo at Doctors Hospital in Bacolod for skillfully removing the extremely large cataract on my right eye, with her knowledge of Phacoemulsification. I had consulted 3 other Eye Surgeons in Bacolod, all well known, but God led me to Dr Ordoyo. The procedure, performed by Dr Ordoyo, to remove the large and hardened cataract went perfectly, without complication. Praise the Lord!

During better times ahead, I hope to see you one day, somewhere…all around Bacolod.

Your Amigo,

~Gary ~

Psalm 91

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

Blessed Easter

After more than one year, I have my vision restored in one of my eyes and I am praising the Lord!

I am wishing everyone a very Happy Easter and I hope y’all had a very blessed Holy Week.

In the days ahead, I will be posting again, as I had cataract eye surgery last week and I am taking it EZ. I have Macular Degeneration in my left eye, which I am working on treating.

I hope to see you one day, somewhere…all around Bacolod.

Your Amigo,

~ Gary ~

Revelation 1:18 King James Version

18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.