Silmäasema's customer

Raija

Raija's story

​​​​​​​"I have had both cataract and glaucoma eye surgeries. Without those I could be blind. Now, when I am already old, it feels good that I can still see this all.”

“My mother used to say that men are like trams. When one leaves, another will follow. Although, after my husband died, I didn't even want to meet anyone new. Instead I decided that I will use the rest of my life for doing those things that I always had dreamt of. I travelled alone to the Netherlands to see tulips blooming, I visited Turkey with my son and travelled again alone to Tenerife to the same place where we had been with my husband. I got to see the same beach where we had been with him, now fully constructed. During that trip I had a dream, in which my husband told that everything is fine. After that dream I got peace in my mind.

I have had both cataract and glaucoma eye surgeries. Without those operations I could be blind. In Silmäasema I had my own doctor who I trusted, so I wanted him to do the operations. Even though it was a big investment for a pensioner’s budget, I didn’t even consider other option. I’m glad I did that. Everything went really fast. On Tuesday the doctor found the glaucoma on my eyes and on Thursday I was already operated.

Now as a pensioner my life is pretty ordinary and modest, but I don’t give up on my own things. On Thursdays I go to symphony concerts and I can make puzzles for even eight hours in a row. When one is finished, another begins. Now, when I’m old, it feels good that I can still see this all. Every day is a new chance. Every day is worth seeing.”