Crocodile shagreen (pronounced chagrin)


Crocodile Shagreen

  • Usually seen in the elderly.
  • Maybe seen in association with peripheral band keratopathy or following trauma.
  • Familial type maybe occurs with X-linked megalocornea or in a juvenile form of anterior mosaic crocodile shagreen.
  • Clinical features:
    • Symptoms: usually asymptomatic
    • Signs:
      • Appears as bilateral, polygonal, grayish-white opacities
      • Anterior shagreen are seen in the deep layers of the epithelium or in Bowman’s layer, and become more apparent after instillation of fluorescein drop
      • Posterior shagreen are generally seen in the central deep cornea which makes it difficult to differentiate with a central cloudy dystrophy of the cornea
  • No treatment is required.

Because I am a freak of nature (see earlier post), this is a condition that I have. 

Here’s the history:

I went to the eye doctor last September for new glasses/contacts.  The eye doctor decided to try some contacts which are made out of a new material that would be indicated for my dry eyes.  I did fine with the trials, but within a few hours of wearing the permanent contacts, I had a severe reaction.  This reaction resulted in corneal edema (or swelling).  Corneal edema can cause seriously impaired vision and did so in my case.

My optometrist immediately sent me to an eye specialist.  This “specialist” appeared to have just graduated from high school, but I digress.

I had to go to Tulsa every week for a while and see this eye specialist, who is a very nice man, by the way.  At one point, I was applying eye drops 16 times a day and putting this saline, petroleum jelly stuff into my eyes at night.  It was a pleasant few months…

My vision eventually began to clear and is much better now.  I am even able to wear the contacts (a different kind) for most of the day.

However, in the process of going to the specalist every week, I ended up seeing the “HEAD DUDE” specialist.   (He was only a few years younger than me.  WHEW!!)

Well, he took one look deep into my eyes and blurted out, “Crocodile chagrin!!”  I thought this was some colloquial eye doc oath such as, “Shiver me timbers!” or “Well, butter my buns and call me a biscuit!”  I was imagining all sorts of startling discoveries at this point, such as a cyclopsish third eye forming in my forehead.  He got so excited!!  He then asked the intern boy who was shadowing him if he had ever seen this condition, to which Doogie Howser replied, “Not on a human.”  (That’s always a good feeling.)

So, then HEAD DUDE specialist proceeded to call in all of the intern boys currently working in his practice so that they could see BILATERAL POSTERIOR CROCODILE SHAGREEN!!  He even went and got a textbook to show them.  We had a whole teaching moment.  Well, they did.  I was pretty much blind from the deep corneal invasion by half of the population of Tulsa.

About the time that I thought my peep show was over, one last little guy walked in.  He was so sheepish and asked if he may please look.  It reminded me of some neighborhood boys out in Dad’s garage finding an illicit magazine…

So, I allowed the last junior high eye specalist boy in training to peer deeply at my corneas with a light bright enough to direct air traffic for the whole city.  He said, “Cool!”

Then we all went merrily along our different ways.  I was rather like a nocturnal creature turned loose at high noon in the tropics, but, all in all, we were all happy.

I have apparently always had this benign condition, but it was undiscovered until my recent difficulties.  I just thought I would share with you.




A peculiar people

1 Peter 2:9 – “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light…”

I’m not sure this is what was meant by “peculiar” people in the verse aboe, but here are a few pics of my precious, peculiar progeny.


A few years ago. He's not really that nerdy!!





I'm not entirely sure what's going on in this one...


Welll, okay, he's not really mine, but I sure have fed him a lot over the years...


'nuff said


I might have had a bit too much fun with the colored hair spray!


my HUNKY hubby!!



Richard Stockton

American Minute with Bill Federer

Feb. 28 – Richard Stockton,
Signer of the Declaration

Elias Boudinot, Signer of the Treaty of Paris

His brother-in-law, Elias Boudinot, served a term as President of the Continental Congress, signed the Treaty of Paris, and founded the American Bible Society.

His son, Richard, was a U.S. Senator from New Jersey.

His grandson, Robert, a U.S. Navy Commodore, was a hero of the War of 1812; helped freed slaves found Liberia, West Africa; and in 1846, defeated the Mexican army and captured California, being its first military governor. The city of Stockton, California, was named for him.

Commodore Robert F. Stockton

His name was Richard Stockton.

In 1767, Richard Stockton traveled to England, where he met with Edmund Burke, the Marquis of Rockingham, the Earl of Chatham, and even King George III, acknowledging the repeal of the Stamp Act.

Stockton traveled to Scotland, where, as a trustee of Princeton College, he met up with a young Princeton graduate attending medical

Benjamin Rush - Signer of the Declaration
Dr, Benjamin Rush

school there, Benjamin Rush, and together they persuaded Rev. John Witherspoon to be Princeton’s new President.

Benjamin Rush later married Richard Stockton’s daughter, Julia.

In 1776, Richard Stockton, Benjamin Rush and John Witherspoon all signed the Declaration of Independence.

John Witherspoon - Signer of the Declaration
Rev. John Witherspoon

When the British invaded New Jersey, Richard Stockton and his family had to flee for their lives.

Richard was betrayed, dragged from his bed at night and imprisoned in New York.

His farm was pillaged and his library, one of the best in the country, was burned.

Richard Stockton - Signer of the Declaration
Richrd Stockton, statue in U.S. Capitol

With his health broken from over a year in the British prison, Richard Stockton died bankrupt at age 51 on FEBRUARY 28, 1781.

New Jersey placed statue of Richard Stockton in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall.

Richard Stockton wrote in his Will:

“As my children…may be peculiarly impressed with the last words of their father, I think proper here, not only to subscribe to the entire belief of the great leading doctrine of the Christian religion…

but also in the heart of a father’s affection, to exhort them to remember ‘that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.'”


Now that is sacrifice!!!



Choose this day – Part 3

My girls and I just finished watching the movie, “Courageous.”  If you have not watched it, I HIGHLY recommend checking into it.

Here’s the resolution for dads contained in the movie:

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord

THE RESOLUTION is a bold declaration of commitments that men are making to be faithful to God as the spiritual leader of their home. As read in the movie, this print is ready for framing to mark the moment and celebrate the commitment being made to God and family.
I DO solemnly resolve before God to take full responsibility for myself, my wife, and my children.
I WILL love them, protect them, serve them, and teach them the Word of God as the spiritual leader of my home.
I WILL be faithful to my wife, to love and honor her, and be willing to lay down my life for her as Jesus Christ did for me.
I WILL bless my children and teach them to love God with all of their hearts, all of their minds, and all of their strength.
I WILL train them to honor authority and live responsibly.
I WILL confront evil, pursue justice, and love mercy.
I WILL pray for others and treat them with kindness, respect, and compassion.
I WILL work diligently to provide for the needs of my family.
I WILL forgive those who have wronged me and reconcile with those I have wronged.
I WILL learn from my mistakes, repent of my sins, and walk with integrity as a man answerable to God.
I WILL seek to honor God, be faithful to His church, obey His Word, and do His will.
I WILL courageously work with the strength God provides to fulfill this resolution for the rest of my life and for His glory.
As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. —Joshua 24:15

Happy 18th!!

Happy birthday to the second born of my precious progeny.  You are 18 today!!!!  When did that happen?  I’ve been faithfully watching, but it seems these years have gone much too quickly. 

I vividly remember your birth-day.  Due to some emergency complications, they whisked me away, put me out and “poof!” you were born!  When I awakened shortly after, I was so excited with this beautiful, black-eyed bundle that I penned your birth announcements right then and there!  The problem is that I was a bit dopey and I said that you were 7 feet 9 inches instead of 7 pounds 9 ounces.  My dear uncle Joe, the engineer, kindly pointed out my doopsy after receiving his missive in the mail.  🙂

So, Happy 18, my love!  Your first and middle names mean “Strength” and “Grace.”  May you live up to all that God has for you to do in His strength and His grace!

For an 1800's ball she attended. She made the dress!

With her Sissy and new cousin

Teen Pact in Oklahoma City


With great grandparents


For her Mad Hatter 17th birthday party!

‘Nuff said!!
We Love You!!
~Dad and Mom~

Happy Thursday!!

Because not every town has the particular charm of mine, I thought I would share one of our movable attractions with you.  LOL!!

I'm assuming it's used for cooking BBQ...


I'm really liking the little piggy tail!


Sorry if I just gave you nightmares with this one!

Just a little “taste” of our town for you! 
Have a great Thursday!

It is Well!

Today’s news is full of bailouts, brawls, and Boomers who can never retire due to, well..bailouts and brawls.  If all of this bull has you a bit blue, I have a ballad for you.



It Is Well With My Soul

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

It is well (it is well),
with my soul (with my soul),
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.


My sin, oh the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to His cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!


For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
If Jordan above me shall roll,
No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.


And Lord haste the day, when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.



If you don’t know the story of Horatio Spafford and the composing of this beautiful hymn of the church, it is worth a few minutes of your time:

With Thanksgiving, 


Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)