This is going to differ a bit from my usual posts in that I’m foregoing my usual photo inserts and won’t be overly wordy. I had my left eye repaired on Tuesday and can see the floor even more clearly. It was quite an unusual day because usually, they are extremely prompt in taking you into the exam room. However, due to several emergencies, they were running really behind. I had to wait 3 hours for my procedure.My appointment was at 2 pm but I didn’t leave till 5:15 pm. I kept myself occupied by listening to the rather old patient in the exam room next to mine and since had to change rooms a few times was treated to the joy of several rather loud patients. Let me preface the next part by saying as a nurse I’ve met many “older” senior citizens (80+) and have come to the conclusion they fall into two categories. The first is composed of sweet lovely people who personify manners often long forgotten. The other category is the constant whining complainer, usually non-stop and loud. They are demanding and obnoxious. The patients heard from neighboring exam rooms on Tuesday fall into the latter category. I truly love seniors for they represent the past which is often forgotten. I used to enjoy talking to them when I worked overnight and one had insomnia. If I knew they immigrated to America I loved asking about their homeland, Ellis Island etc. But the nasty ones made an overnight shift seem 24 hours long so I really sympathized with the staff at the eye center that day.
When I finally had my procedure it was shorter than the first one as I didn’t have as much scar tissue. I have a checkup next week then on March 7 an appointment to get fitted for new glasses plus contacts.
But the drive home! Because of the various drops used in my eye, every car light, street lamp, and store sign appeared as gigantic colorful arcs. I was so glad I had my $2 zebra striped hooker sunglasses with me. I suppose the light show was similar to what the late Timothy Leary described when he talked about tripping the light fantastic with LSD.
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.