What is it about Oxford and eye problems? Last night Alan started to see black dots in his eyes. By this morning the problem seemed to have resolved itself, so, because I wanted to go into Oxford we moved the boat down a half a mile or so of canal, nearer the middle of the city.
We were just sitting down for a coffee in Waterstones, when Alan said that the dots were back again. You don't mess with your sight, and knowing that in Oxford you can't just walk into the eye hospital and get to be seen, we went into an opticians. The first one couldn't see Alan today, but we got an appointment an hour or so later in a different opticians.
It's quite scary, waiting for that hour, walking around, making sure you've eaten something, had a drink, found a loo, and checked the bus timetables to the hospital in case you are told that you have to go straight there, all the time wondering what might be happening to your sight.
At Specsavers Alan was basically put through the same lot of tests that he had 5 weeks ago, for new glasses following his cataract operation. The optician wouldn't commit, but seemed to give the impression that she didn't think that it was serious, although she wanted Alan to go to the John Radcliffe Hospital for a proper check. The hospital rang Alan and offered an appointment for Thursday - Alan explained that we are on the boat, and that we need to be pressing on.
|Above Isis Lock (Last on the Canal)|
|Back on the big river.|
|Moored above Osney Lock|
|Rather pointless signs in abundance|
Oxford (Canal) to Oxford (Osney on the Thames) via Godstow
Miles: 5.0, Locks:1
Total Miles: 169.0, Total Locks: 94