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So I had been psyching myself up for weeks to get ready for my eye surgery. It is not an overstatement to say I was nearly blind as a bat. I was looking at everything through cloudy water. So there I was at the eye surgical center 5:30 in the morning not really sure what was going to happen. (Yes, Dr. B had explained it all to me, but I wasn’t quite sure I believed him.) Friends who had had cataract/glaucoma surgery said they were totally asleep the whole time. Imagine my shock then when I got ready to go into surgery the nurses told me me Dr. B preferred his patients more awake because when you’re too relaxed your eye wanders. That makes it harder to work on.

I was shaking in my shoes, well in my cheery yellow booties that they put on you in the hospital. I was awake for the surgery, but before the surgery they had put numbing drops in my eyes. And truth is, I couldn’t feel a bloomin’ thing. All I could see was bright, bright light. It took all of 15 minutes, if that long, though it took nearly 45 minutes to get me ready!

So I was very comfortable the whole time and when I had the second surgery done I wasn’t so much of a baby.

I was totally unprepared for the difference that the new lens was going to make in my eye (I had them done one at a time). Things were a little blurry that first day. But on the third day things had begun to clear up fast. And I was horrified at what I saw. I was getting dressed and looked down and I had brown spots all over my stomach! I was terrified. I thought, “Now what?!”

So I got on the phone and called his nibs at work and said, “I think I have a problem with my liver. I have a liver spots all over my stomach!” He didn’t say anything for a few minutes and then he said, “Yeah, you have them all over your back too.” “Why on earth didn’t you tell me,” I asked him. And he just laughed hysterically. Finally he caught his breath and said, “Honey, those are freckles! You’ve had them ever since I’ve known you.” (That’s like for 49 years, so I didn’t have any reason to doubt him.) I cannot tell you how stunned I was that my eyesight had been so poor for so long that I hadn’t been able to see those damn freckles for years and had forgotten all about them.

Once I calmed down I got on the laptop to play my favorite “smash the Christmas ornaments” game and again was totally shocked. What I had always seen as plain flat colored ornaments were in fact decorated with all kinds of embellishments. My eyesight was so bad I could not see the details.

So all in all it was a real “eye-opening” experience. And I have been absolutely amazed at how well I can see now. I have 20/20 vision in both eyes, though I do still wear glasses for distance. And colors! OML! I have a lounger that I have hated ever since I got it. The colors always reminded me of Halloween. It is DARK purple, black, white, with orange dots… Or so I thought. When I got it out to wear a couple days later I was dumbfounded to see that the spots were NOT orange, but were, in fact, hot pink! Needless to say, I don’t hate it anymore. 😀

So I can only say if you need to have cataract/glaucoma surgery, don’t be a boob like I was. I promise you won’t feel a single thing. And it really is an awesome miracle!

Has anyone out there had the surgery?

And this week I will be off to try on wigs! My hair has fallen out in patches thanks to the prednisone, and in trying to get it to fill in it has had to be cut to one length. It’s all of about 6″ long. I HATE it!!! Wish me luck. Leaving for Hawaii April 21st, and I don’t want to look like a nut job! How about THIS one??? 😀

 

 

Picture Sources:
Eye surgery — Korber Eyecare & Surgery Center
Booties — Medline
Game — Jacquie Lawson Cards
Wig — Powder Room D