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Topic: GREEN (01/19/17)
- TITLE: Murky Green or Living Color?
By Trudy Newell
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I married Lynn twenty years ago, on a glorious June day.
We were childhood sweethearts; went to the same school, same church; were saved at the same revival meeting. Even though Lynn teased me about my weird color combinations in grade school, I knew one day I would marry her.
I kept my secret to myself until high school. It was then my macho image crashed as my dream of being a cop fell apart.
I don’t tear up very often, but I couldn’t help myself.
“What will I do now?” I groaned, as I shared with Lynn that I was color blind.
“You’re so good with the computer, Jeff. Why don’t you go into computer programming?” smiled Lynn.
Her idea was great, and I found my niche. Computer programming has been a great career for me.
Five years later, on our wedding day, my murky green world became a part of Lynn’s life. She smiled as she would lay out my clothes. I think she knew if she didn’t, the results could be a disaster. For in my world, bright reds and oranges did not exist. Pinks and greys were alike to me.
“Color your world dull!” she chuckled.
We laughed together when I picked out a purple and orange checked shirt at Walmart. My face must have been beat red as I hung the shirt back up.
“No way!” I thought to myself.
So, we rolled over the bumps, and Lynn has been the greatest encouragement. What would I do without her?
Even today, I like to drive, and Lynn plays navigator.
“Honey, the light is green up ahead.”
Lynn knows that the light I see is an almost grey color. I have trouble seeing which light is on.
“That’s a STOP sign up ahead.” She reminds me.
What I see is not the bright red, but more like a brown.
But today there is a spark of new hope.
Last year I was shocked when I went to my ophthalmologist for a check-up. I had 20/20 vision, and no other problems except for my color blindness. God is good.
The big surprise came when Dr. Phipps gave me a big smile and said, “Jeff, there is a new experimental treatment for color blindness at no cost to you. You are a perfect candidate for this. Can I put your name on the list?”
After explaining the details, I was still dubious, and told him I would think about it.
When I came home, Lynn and I talked and prayed about the possibility.
Checking out everything we could find on the web, we considered it an option. I phoned Doctor Phipps and gave him the news.
“I’m glad, because I think it will work for you. It will change your life, and bring color into your world. I’ll get the ball rolling.”
Three weeks later the phone rang.
“Jeff, this is Dr. Phipps. I have good news. You’ve been approved for treatment.”
It’s a bit scary. There is no guarantee that it will work. They will inject the fluid into the center of the eye. Then it finds its way to the correct part of the retina.
I’m scheduled for the injection in two months.
Dr. Phipps is very optimistic. But I don’t want to get my hopes up. Will just treating the retina be enough? Will the brain understand the information coming from the retina? The brains of people like me, who have been born color blind, have developed differently as we grew up.
For now, I wait. Waiting is one of the hardest things in the world to do. Only the Lord knows what lays ahead. Will my murky green world become full of color, or will I have to wait till heaven.
Still, I can’t help but get excited when I think that in just a few weeks I may know what the expression “green as grass” really means.
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