Finally! I had my right eye corrected last week with a laser procedure called a YAG. Because my eye was blurry from the various solutions and gels, I couldn’t really tell if my vision was improved during the ride home. Plus I had a late afternoon appointment so it was dark during the drive. When I woke up the next morning, however, I could see the floor in my house for the first time since the spring of 2016! Who would think seeing a floor would bring such joy? Now mind you, I’m not talking about everyday happiness here but the real deal, yell-out-loud unbridled bliss! And it got even better because as I was taking my daily vitamins that morning one dropped on the floor and of all the ones to drop it was Turkey Tail , which is a capsule containing freeze-dried, brown, turkey tail mushroom. A brownish capsule on a hardwood floor? See where I’m going with this?
I was going to post that day but wanted to give it some time to make sure the improvement lasted and it has. I go on Tuesday, February 13 for the left eye and they’ll probably also book my appointment for the optometrist so that I can finally get glasses and hopefully contact lenses for near vision. The timing is perfect because I’m at the strongest strength in the cheater glasses. Sometimes I alternate between two different strengths if I have an especially long paper to do. I’ve also started to slowly catch up on blog reading which I wasn’t able to do very well before.
On the way down we stopped at a sporting goods store where I had an unused gift card from my AT hike. Since I haven’t been able to hike, walk the dogs or snowshoe, I’ve gained some weight. Plus my legs aren’t nearly as strong as they’ve always been. So I bought a new pair of snowshoes since mine are ancient. I was going to buy my second choice, Tubbs Wilderness because they were less expensive even though I really wanted my first choice, Tubbs Mountaineer. When in shape I do backcountry snowshoeing so having really good crampons are important to me and the Mountaineer’s are very aggressive. Lady luck was with me because they were having an in-store sale and I wound up getting the Mountaineer for less than $200 (the amount of my gift card). The Wilderness wasn’t on sale so it was a no-brainer. Of course, I’ve started out just walking to rebuild leg strength and then will snowshoeing on trails and a rolling field near me before I even attempt to ascend. Currently, my legs are a step above the straw man from the Wizard of Oz so one step at a time.
It’s been a heck of a year but soon it’ll be over.