I had a an appointment at Wills Eye Institute this morning. The doctors did the usual eye tests, including testing for colour blindness, filed of vision, etc. They commented on how much better my eyes look. But I reminded them that they felt no better than before the treatments. They conceded that point but want me to look on the bright side (no pun intended). I just can’t’ right now.

Chronic diseases tend to sap the patients mental and physical energy. The steroids worsened the Type 1 diabetes, and it will take some time before my body adjusts back to before steroids. My hair fell out from the radiation. I don’t recognise or like the face I see in the mirror. It will be months before I look like “me”.

But even then, there is more work to be done. I am scheduled to meet with the orbital surgeon in September. We may have to plan for orbital surgery.

I want it all to be done. I feel like crying.

These doctor visits start at 8 AM, and often we are not done until close to lunchtime. Today we were done at 11 AM. Bhavna wanted something to drink, so we walked along Walnut Street at the Wawa. Two doors down are the SweetGreens, so we stopped in an bought a salad for lunch. I ate my Fish Taco salad in the car.

I brought my vintage Asahi Pentax Super Takumar 28mm f/3.5 M42 film lens with me. All of the images here were shot with this lens mounted to my Fuji X-T2. I am pleasantly surprised by how well the lens performed on the Fuji X-T2. Hopefully, without sounding self-aggrandising, I think I did a good job operating the fully manual lens.

Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania —FujiFilm X-T2 + Asahi Pentax Super Takumar 28mm f/3.5 M42 @ (28 mm, 0.001 sec at f/8.0, ISO400), © Khürt L. Williams
Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania —FujiFilm X-T2 + Asahi Pentax Super Takumar 28mm f/3.5 M42 @ (28 mm, 0.001 sec at f/8.0, ISO400), © Khürt L. Williams
Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania —FujiFilm X-T2 + Asahi Pentax Super Takumar 28mm f/3.5 M42 @ (28 mm, 0.000 sec at f/8.0, ISO400), © Khürt L. Williams
Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania —FujiFilm X-T2 + Asahi Pentax Super Takumar 28mm f/3.5 M42 @ (28 mm, 0.000 sec at f/8.0, ISO400), © Khürt L. Williams

I had my last treatment today and rang the bell. It’s bell for patients with who have completed their radiation treatment regimen to declare a victory loudly. I have been documenting my progression with the treatment by taking a daily photo of the street scenes on 11 Street between Walnut, Samson and Chestnut Streets outside of the Bodine Center For Radiation Therapy. These photographs are the last set of pictures from that experience.

Sansom Street —

FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, f/5.6, ISO1600), © Khürt L. Williams

I observed to Bhavna that Philadelphia seems to have more old charm than New York City. The new is being built with the bones of the old. What will become of this building on the corner of Samson and 11th Street?

One Way —

FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, f/5.6, ISO2000), © Khürt L. Williams

Two Way —

FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, f/5.6, ISO2000), © Khürt L. Williams