Wednesday, January 16, 2008
seeing the world through new eyes
My what a different world it is indeed....... wow. Who knew there was that much detail in the carpet?? Or how utterly fascinating the stipple on the ceiling is? (ok, maybe only to those who can see after eye surgery to correct his/her vision) Then again, it's less than exciting to be able to see just how filthy my home really is. It could very well turn me into a clean freak.

I went for my second follow up visit after my laser eye surgery and things seem to be going really well. I have been declared to have 20/15 vision, which is better than most people who don't need glasses! Yeeha! My cornea is about 30% healed which is expected after a week. It takes a good 2 - 3 months to fully and properly heal, though I am good to drive and do everything else. Further healing just means fine tuning..... right now I still see a bit of a glow around LCD readings on things like clocks and VCRs. I'm struggling a bit with being able to read properly as my eyes relearn how to see things up close. The biggest difficulty I am still struggling with is dry eyes.... something my doctor promises me will get better after a month (doesn't help that it's winter). I have become quite proficient at administering eyedrops to myself.

Overall I am very happy and find it amusing when I catch myself still looking for my glasses when I plop down on the couch to watch tv or get in the car to drive. I had those glasses for 20 years so it's going to take me a while to get used to the idea I don't need them anymore. If anyone is considering this procedure, I say go for it. It's one of the greatest gifts you could ever give yourself and as scary as the operation may sound to some, it's over with so fast that anyone can do it. There is some pain and discomfort but even that subsides within 6 hours.... it's amazing. I have had a lot of surgeries in my time and that was the easiest recovery I've had, hands down.

Anyway, I went away for the weekend to take my new eyes for a spin somewhere outside my own environment to see what I could see. It was nice and would have been better if only I hadn't come home with a souvenir cold. Ack! My throat is killing me. Nothing like having to rest after nearly 2 weeks of vacation! ;-)

Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Why I Eyes Ya!

Yes, that is my bruised and battered right eye. I actually had surgery done on both eyes at the same time but the left eye shows none of the same signs of the operation that the right eye does. Maybe it's because I was told to stop squirming after the first one, so the second one was better (they gave me squeeze/tension balls so I would stop wiggling my feet and legs). Pay no nevermind to those yellow dots, that's just the lights in my room reflected in my eye.

I had the surgery on Friday and Saturday morning when I had my followup I was declared to have better than 20/20 vision. After 20 years, I no longer have to wear glasses! I spent the weekend at my parents place so they could help me in the initial days afterwards, given that there is a whole performance involving several types of drops, 4 times a day. Now I'm a big girl and do them on my own, but after Wednesday I can stop using the drops. I have these ultra sexy clear shields I tape over my eyes at night when I sleep so I don't get some half-witted idea of scratching or rubbing them while snoozing. Even sexier than that are the sunglasses they give me to wear for the first week when I am outside, day or night, no exceptions! (see photo below) Nothing says I think I'm cooler than all you than wearing shades at night. I feel like Roy Orbison.

Anyway, I'll add more tales of the surgery itself in my next post, but now I gotta head out and get an ultrasound done on my ailing belly button. I figure since I'm taking a week off I might as well get as many medical procedures done as possible. I'm a girl who knows how to vacation!

Friday, January 04, 2008
a New Year indeed!
In a few hours I am going in for a life changing surgery...... I am excited beyond words. I am singing, and dancin' and packing my bag right now; I will be recovering at my parents for a few days and when I can I will tell you all about it.

I wanted to make this my best year ever so I am starting with a big gift to myself. After this I will be seeing the world in a whole new way and I hope it will be the first of many amazing experiences and opportunities for personal growth. This is MY year.

Oh...... and about that last sad post I wrote? There's a new kitten in town.... she came in from the rain as a stray and chose to us to be her family. Her name is Hannah and it has been all love and cuddles since. Isaac is happy to be a brother again.