On 16 October 2021, I went up to Lick Observatory on Mt. Hamilton near San Jose, CA with my mom. I've been wanting to go check out the main areas and inside the buildings for a while now, but Lick Observatory was closed due to the pandemic. This was why on the last 2 trips, you only saw me take photos on State Route 130 (you can find those photos here and here). Recently they have partially reopened so I was able to go and check out some of the things I really wanted to see. Here are the cellphone photos I took while there. I also had some fun and had my mom helped me take some photos of me on this trip too.
Message from the photographer: Sorry it took me so long to post these photos. I've actually started feeling ill half way through the trip to Lick Observatory, and I've been a little sick for a while since then. I think I probably caught a cold. This is why I haven't gotten to posting the photos until now.
Update on my vision: I also have some good news to share with everyone. This is just going to be a quick update on my vision. I'll give more details soon but here it is. I've recently been on an experimental treatment for visual snow syndrome that seems promising (unfortunately there are no established treatments for visual snow syndrome). I am still night blind and need a white cane to get around at night (and no matter how bright of a flashlight, it just can't override the vision loss unfortunately), but my day time vision has improved quite a bit. That is not to say it recovered to the point that I can drive a car, and no it is not back to normal, but it has been better overall and less disabling compared to the past (at least during day time). I am quite happy about this actually because by the end of 2019, I've had to start using a white cane, and it's been highly disabling until I started the experimental treatment recently. I don't expect a complete recovery, but I'll take what I can get at this point. I'm guessing the night blindness and the blindness in poorly lit environments are here to stay for a long time, but being able to recover some of my day time vision (and being less dependant on my mom and my white cane) is better than nothing (which is why I'm offering myself up as a test subject), so I'm happy. 😄
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