Today’s post is part of the annual A-to-Z Blogging Challenge. Each day of April (except Sunday,) we write a post corresponding with that day’s letter of the alphabet. For more information on the challenge and its creator visit:


a-z 2015 X

My theme for this years’ A-Z Challenge is An Intimate Look at the Homeless and Mental Health Epidemic in America which just happens to be the subtitle of my next book, The Stranger in My Recliner. The book is the true story of Sophie.  She was the eighty-year-old homeless woman that my husband brought home one night. She lived with us for nearly three –years. The book will be out this fall.


Xeroma is an abnormal dryness of the conjunctiva and cornea of the eyes; may be due to a systemic deficiency of vitamin A.

EYE Chart

Sophie always complained of having dry eyes and I was convinced she had this condition.

It turns out she just had, dry eyes. She also had 20/20 vision. Imagine that, an 80-year-old woman that had perfect vision.

We were surprised at how healthy Sophie seemed. She didn’t take any medications and refused to even take an aspirin.

I’m one of Lisa’s Live Wires! Lisa is a challenge co-host Lisa Buie-Collard

A-Z 2015 Minion Badge

My fellow live wires:

Rhonda Albom – Bob R. MilneTamera NarayanStephanie FarisHeather McCubbin

3 Responses to “Xeroma…”

  • Would imagine her dry eyes could be improved by drinking more liquid, not something most seniors do…even if not homeless. My Dad uses drops for his dry eyes.

    Working my way backward through your posts, leaving you…going backward as well my links.

  • My eyes burn sometimes and start watering for no reason whatsoever. It’s gotten worse since I switched from contact lenses to glasses. I wore contact lenses all day every day for most of my life…but back when I’d only occasionally wear glasses, I noticed my eyes would burn like that sometimes, especially if I’m outside. I thought it was the glare, but I bought prescription sunglasses and they do it with those on, too. Probably something I should remember to discuss with my eye doctor the next time I go.


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