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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Itís hard to gauge how much faith to put in someone, even someone who is supposed to know everything there is to know (yet obviously doesnít). I think we believe the experts we want to believe and donít hear the things we donít want to hear.

I donít know how much faith Mom has in her eye doctor, after what heís put her through in recent weeks, but I was willing to take a leap of faith today when he told her (a) that her eyes were getting healthier, and (2) that she would get her vision back. He just seemed so sure. He was sure of himself, and he had faith that he knew what he was telling us was the truth.

He has always seemed to be certain of what he was saying, and heís never held back any bad news he thought he had to offer. So when he gave us good news today, I was willing to believe him, his recent track record notwithstanding. Mom is probably a little more skeptical, but then sheís the one who still canít see very well. And sheís the one who went through such pain this last week because of the treatment he prescribed.

Anyway, believe it or not, the infection in Momís eyes has cleared up, and the ulcers that have kept her from seeing clearly are getting smaller. The doctor thinks it was because of something he did; Mom might believe itís happening in spite of the pain he put her through, rather than because of it. She made some decisions in the last couple of days regarding her own treatment (including not taking anything that caused excruciating pain), and that could just as easily have been the cause of her improvement.

18 May 2009

Mockingbird on lookout.

Maybe it doesnít matter why Momís getting better, as long as it continues, and as long as somewhere not too far down the road she can see well enough to read again. I want to believe that will happen. In fact, I do believe it, because I think Mom will do everything she can to make it happen. I have all the faith in the world in her.

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Padres 2, Giants 1. For the second night in a row, the Giants couldnít score enough runs to take advantage of a great pitching performance. Last night it was Barry Zito, and tonight it was Jonathan Sanchez, who gave up just two hits in six innings, then gave way to the bullpen, who held off the Padres for the last two innings. And like last night, they had chances to score but no one to get the key hit at the opportune time. Itís the curse of Petco Park. The Giants were unbeatable when the Padres played their home games at Jack Murphy Stadium (later Qualcomm), but since the new ballpark opened, itís been a rebirth of the dead ball era.

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