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.


6 thoughts on “Halfway To The Light…

    1. Noo not at all. You don’t even need to be a well coordinated person. If snowshoeing is something you’re interested in I’d watch some YouTube videos. Simple ones aimed at beginners. Then see where you can rent pair in your area (most sporting good stores rent them), find a trail or flat field and enjoy! And yes I am thrilled about my eye thanks!

  1. The east is under a 2 day noreaster alert. Hope you can go tomorrow. If not then hopefully they won’t make you wait too long. I needed new glasses once but was on the road so went into the optical center of a Wal-Mart. Horrible experience because my vision wasn’t as good as it should have been so. Got new ones from my regular eye doc the next week when I got home. Makes you nuts when you can’t see but glad you’re getting yours back.

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