Bunny Waffles


I hadn’t intended to publish another Bunny Waffles post – this was perhaps something to do with the several category titles I could never seem to acquire the mental capacity to sort out properly, or the way the bunny’s eyes just stare into my very being – but nonetheless, after becoming aware that this would be post 100 (100! What the hell have I written 99 posts about?!) it seemed a fitting electrifying finale to round off an otherwise dour existence. So here it is.

I thought I might share something about my life, of late. A relative recently said to me “Leanne, I love you, but I don’t know what you do”. I still don’t quite see how the two are connected. I later stole all the jam from her fridge and left. However, it might be that you share a similar sentiment, or perhaps you subscribed to this blog in October 2012 (Sanity vs. Insanity – inexplicably the height of popularity) and are now wondering what a bunny waffle is, and why the unsubscribe link on the email wasn’t much more obvious.

“I’m a Process Consultant at a University”, I responded to my relative, and watched as her eyes slowly glazed over. I let the sea take what was left of her body. Between you and me, I am more specifically seconded into the position of Process Consultant; a fact which causes greater confusion amongst relatives, and which is currently impacting my current pursuit of obtaining a mortgage – what with my current salary not being my forever salary, and my forever salary proving to be not quite enough to secure anything beyond the value of a caravan.

“I don’t know,” my Dad had said, scratching his head for inspiration, “some caravans are actually pretty expensive.”

As I write this I am actually waiting for another mortgage appointment, which is at 14:30. I am currently sat in a Costa in Derby and the time is 13:56. I’m wearing a selection of clothes from my work wardrobe to cerebrally convey that I might be a productive human being. I have a cheese and ham toastie, and a decaf latte with vanilla syrup, and a notepad and pen to pass the time. I’m handwriting, devolving into shorthand. I’ve learned some lessons since my last appointment: don’t answer questions they don’t ask you, prepare figures they didn’t ask you to prepare because they will ask for them anyway, and living in a bin is apparently an option I am willing to consider- as long as I can scratch my name into the side of it. I am extremely concerned I’m going to reach retirement (cue distant, haunting laughter) and not have anywhere for my frail, gross body to live. I’ll be 27 on Sunday. It might all be okay though- this provider might offer me more than the last one, afterall. The only problem might be when I come to sign the contract and I can’t read it. Now it’s 14:02.

The coffee needs to be decaf or I will poop myself to death.

That’s another thing I should tell you about- my eyeballs are bleeding. Following a rapid improvement in blood glucose control due to going on the insulin pump last year, my retinas are growing new (fragile) blood vessels to compensate for the changes… which would be very nice of them if I wasn’t going blind as a consequence. The condition is called retinopathy and I’ve so far had laser eye surgery and eye injections as treatment. My most recent injection was on Tuesday into my right eye, and it went much better than the first one, perhaps because I knew what to expect (“now we’re going to use the hook” is surprisingly a nice thing to hear after having no warning about said hook before).

There’s a patient at the injection clinic who I like to call Ey-Ey. I know his real name because he is always called in before I am, but the first time I saw him he had one “Ey” drawn on his forehead above each eye to mark the type of injections he was getting, and so naturally Ey-Ey became canon. I did so desperately want him to think of me as Lu-Lu (Lucentis injections in each eye) but as my boyfriend pointed out, I only ever get the injection in my right eye – so disappointingly I could only ever be Lu- which is a TERRIBLE nickname, and thus ended my web series spin-off The Adventures of Ey-Ey and Lu-Lu before it even began.

I’ll never speak to him though. Waiting room banter is a dangerous affair, you know. I overheard an elderly woman on Tuesday commenting how precious eyesight is, and I might have become inwardly hysterical. Yeah, thanks for that, I hadn’t realised this before. Your input is both insightful and appreciated. Now I’m just going to go over into this room and let them push a metal implement into my eye. Cheers.

Anyway, the sight in my right eye is still slightly blurred and wavy, but this should wear off. My left eye however is a complete disaster zone- it’s all “retinal traction” and “excessive bleeding” and “OH GOD I’m pretty sure your face used to have, like… facial features or something”. The doctor has explained they can’t do the injection in my left eye as the fluid is in a different area and they’d have to get funding to apply for a special license, whereby we’re getting into the area of private fees. So, we’re going to leave it for a bit to see if my body can reabsorb the blood, otherwise we might have to cut into it… which is obviously fine and not terrifying in the slightest, and it’s not as though potentially being partially sighted makes me concerned about my work, or ability to live, or indeed whether taking on a mortgage is the best thing to be doing right now. And of course, I must remember that eyesight is precious.

It’s 14:20. I need to leave for my appointment.

Tuesday and Thursday

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6 thoughts on “Life

  1. Appendices:

    – At this very moment in time I am listening to Emilie Autumn.
    – My boyfriend and I recently saw American Aquarium at the Glee Club in Nottingham. They had lots of problems with noise distortion until eventually they just unplugged everything and played the gig acoustically, stood in the middle of the crowd. It was amazing. They were genuinely lovely. You should listen to them, they’re very depressing.
    – I am watching an inhuman amount of Star Trek: the Next Generation.
    – A friend introduced me to ASMR videos a year ago and now I watch them almost every night to get to sleep.
    – I am INTENDING to write a new story for the Insanity Aquarium. Coming soon.


  2. Although it distresses me greatly to hear about all the shit that diabetes has done (and is doing) to you, I LOL-ed several times while reading this. It would be a great tragedy if you went sightless–would your writing have the same bite to it if you dictated it to said boyfriend for him to type? I suppose the blind have keyboards that “talk” to them, so that they know their fingers are in the right spots and “Anna-Leanne, you are a writing genius and it would be a great tragedy if you couldn’t see to write and to observe the world with your twisted-but-crystal-clear eye and share it with us if you lost your eyesight, which is precious, you know” doesn’t instead come out as “Smms=:rsmmr, upi syr s etoyomh hrmoid…..” I especially liked “I stole all the jam,” “I let the sea take what was left of her body,” and “‘now we’re going to use the hook.'” Oh, and (obviously) “obviously fine and not terrifying in the slightest.”
    I can’t write lately; the combo of self-loathing, backyard (what you Brits call the “garden”?) renovation projects, fatigue from getting so damn old and from having a dayjob, and, most of all, a complete and utter abhorrence at the thought of doing anything that I or anyone else might consider good and which therefore would glorify me somehow, which is a thought almost as horrific to me as if I expected the Queen to kiss MY hand (even at the same time as I feel I have some ability and would like to be known as some modern-day Dickens or Twain or someone), this combo-of-shit, plus laziness, has kept me from writing. We shall see; maybe a word or two sometime soon. It’s great to hear from you and good luck with the lovely eyes and the mortgage.


    • I LOVE HEARING FROM YOU! Thank you for your comment, I read it through my good eye in bed. I’m worried if I go blind about the effect it would have on my ability to work, travel, write, generally function… but as I keep (marginally jokingly) telling my boyfriend, there’s always suicide, right? Go blind, spend a last day eating a fuck-ton of jellybeans, then death. That’s not so bad.

      Anyway, I understand about you not being able to write. I don’t feel like I can write either – at least not properly, which is why I haven’t done an Insanity Aquarium story in a long time. Bunny Waffles is I suppose more of a sandbox for me, so I don’t feel quite as inferior. It always strikes me that what I’m writing is absolutely terrible, compared to literally anything else, but frustratingly especially under my own scrutiny. So then I just don’t. I also totally understand the laziness aspect; I used to write one story a week and now I feel like I’m just hiding beneath piles of old newspapers and eating my stores of suicide jellybeans. If it’s any consolation at all I’ve always strongly admired how frequently you can post, even if you don’t think it’s very much, because I know some of what you go through and the sheer commitment it takes to do that, but also how good and funny and clever your writing always is (apologies for the glorification, but it’s wholly deserved- and anyway, I’m just words on a screen, so who cares?). This is a geninely present thought by the way, not just something I’m saying. I don’t spend as much time on WordPress as I used to, but we talk over time and vast distances and the things you write never lose their power on the journey. I hope the things keeping you from writing disappear soon 🙂


  3. Yeah I’m stalking you now as I sit here at work, pretending to look busy to avoid answering phone calls.

    “Can’t you see I’m typing!” I shout at my colleague who was hoping I’d chip in.

    I hope by now your eye is a great deal better? I see you pop up every now and then on the social medias, so I assume you’re not completely blind. Unless you have a braille keyboard, or something to do with whatever Stephen Hawking uses.

    I couldn’t imagine what I’d be like if I went through the same thing you did, the worst I ever came was when both my eyes got infected somehow when I came down with pneumonia last year, I could barely open my eyes let alone lift my head off the pillow. The misses thought me near death. Death himself realizing I’m too ‘ard to be reaped, left me be.

    If you ever do go blind though and my new blog becomes a big success and I start raking it in, I’ll give you a job. You can have a weekly column “Through The Eyes Of A Blind Girl” and it comes with a company guide dog.


    • Thanks Pete – at some point the blood somewhat cleared out of my left eye but then I had ANOTHER haemorrhage and went completely blind in it for a while (you can probably see some photos on Facebook from just before then that show my eyeball drifting all over the place). I had a big operation in October which is called a vitrectomy, where they basically replaced all of my vitreous jelly with some kind of jelly (strawberry flavoured?) to clear out the blood and also stop my retina being pulled about. At this point they also found a hole in my retina, but they did some kind of laser barrier around it. Anyway, after that I got discharged from the surgery clinic (yay!), only to discover two weeks later that my left eye is now filling with fluid (boo) which means I will need more injections – and it’s progressively getting more blurred. In the meantime my right eye is kind of carrying me through, except the last time I saw a doctor there were new vessels growing again, which means I might need more laser in it… IN CONCLUSION they’re not better… but at least they’re a different kind of not better? I actually have my next appointment on Monday to assess what’s going on.

      BUT ANYWAY your offer of a job and a guide dog is actually really sweet and is something I’m going to take you up on. I’m not even joking. Don’t threaten me with benefits and opportunities mate, because I will fucking milk the shit out of them.


    • Oh man, I can’t believe how much you’ve been through. I hope you’re staying strong through all of this, I don’t think I could cope so the fact you have and still are is inspirational. I can’t even handle putting eye drops in let alone replacing eye preserves.

      Don’t worry, the benefits aren’t a threat. The job and guide dog is yours! When I open up my own office, I’ll even put a ramp in there. No lift though, but I will install a pulley system and possibly a slide from the top floor to the bottom floor.


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