Skip this next part if you, like me, are scared of all things even remotely medical. Jim, this means you!!!
Did you know that you are conscious for the surgery? They give you anesthesia in the pre-op room while they prep your eye for surgery. After a short "nap", they take you into the operating room. That was the interesting part. My doctor had quite loud classical music playing, which I thought was really cool. They completely covered my face, and then cut out the eye portion of the covering. My doctor talked to me throughout the "procedure". I couldn't see the instruments, but I could see his surgical loupes in a dreamy fuzzy way, and the bright overhead light. Between my doctor's great bedside manner (he said I was a trooper. Me, Miss Scaredy Pants!), the great music and good drugs, I felt calm.
Okay resume reading. Jim, it's safe to come back now!
It was over and done with and we were home in a flash. Yesterday David drove me in for my first check up. 20/30 in the bionic eye, 24 hours after surgery, with the pupil still somewhat dilated! This was a better-than expected result for the first 24 hours! Yippee! And the colors! Everything is so much brighter and lighter! I knew I wasn't seeing well out of that eye, but I had no idea how dingy colors had become. I am delighted.
Now for the temporary downside. My eyes are not talking to each other very well just yet. Yesterday I felt miserably car sick on the way to the appointment. I couldn't see out of the bionic eye with my glasses on, and I couldn't see out of the other eye with my glasses off! My doctor suggested popping the lens out on the bionic side. Duh, me! That worked like a charm! It took about 24 hours to adjust, but now my distance vision is as sharp as can be. Intermediate and close up, still a problem. I poured my tea onto the counter this morning instead of into my cup! Oops! And I can only see to type this by closing the bionic eye. Believe me, that gets tiresome in a hurry! Which is why I will be a very haphazard blogger over the next 3 weeks. Yes, 3 weeks! That's the full recovery time! Drat!
But the biggest downside? I'm on barn restriction due to the dust. Little does my doctor know that my barn is actually cleaner than my house! But I will be good. Oh how I miss this -
photo by Susan Quirk
I will be getting my horsey fix by watching the US Dressage Finals live online from Lexington Ky. With one eye. Friend Jan's horse Lakota competes Friday morning with Shannon riding. Kathy Priest, whom I bought Paj from at 22 months of age, shows Friday night in the Grand Prix Open. To watch along, click here. Coverage starts live, tomorrow morning. Jan has been sending me phone photos from Lexington, which has gone a long way toward making me feel included.
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photos by Jan Wingate
Best of luck to Lakota, Shannon and Jan
I've typed this in fits and starts, and now I deserve a nap. Goodnight all.