Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Two weeks after cataract surgery.

Well, I am actually 4 weeks post-op for my left eye and 2 weeks post-op for my right eye. And I have to say I am very, very pleased.

My distance vision in both eyes is crystal clear. Something I have NEVER had. I was diagnosed as being extremely nearsighted when I was 6, so I have never had clear distance vision. I guess I thought everyone saw stuff that was in the distance as blurry. I still am amazed to be able to look down the hall at work and see things so clearly. Or to be able to see cars and street signs so clearly that are WAY DOWN THE STREET. It really is pretty incredible. I have worn glasses all my life and contact lenses for about 20 years and never was my vision corrected to this clarity.

The surgeries were not painful at all. I have heard that some placed give shots to numb the eye, but mine was numbed with drops. No needles were ever used near my face. I did have IVs in the back of my hand each time. I was told that I was given Valium to help me to be calm. I laughed and told them both times that I could not be much calmer or I would be asleep. I was not nervous for either surgery. Honestly, I couldn’t tell if I did get Valium as I did not feel anything. I was told I would feel drowsy but I didn’t. I felt wide awake and alert the entire time. And that was not just my imagination. Hubby told me that I did not seem to have had any anesthesia. I was also told that I would probably want to nap when I got home. I did not. So it was a very mild dose, I guess.

I did not get patches over my eyes after surgery. Just walked out and went home wearing my own sunglasses. And they worked just fine. After the first surgery, we went through a drive thru and picked up some lunch. We got home and I settled in my recliner and kept the room pretty dim since my eye was still dilated, but I was not at all sleepy.

The only rough part was like I wrote about previously about it being hard to see between surgeries. I will tell you, anyone that is extremely nearsighted that intends to have vision correcting lenses inserted when they need to have cataract surgery, needs to have both eyes done as closely together as possible. The time between surgeries was awful for me. I ended up being off work for 14 days instead of the 7 days I had planned. I could have used short term disability, but I have a ton of vacation days, so just used those. I thought I would be worried about missing work, but it would have been pointless for me to go in as I could not sit in front of a computer for more than an hour without getting eye strain and a little dizzy.

I did not read much in between as it just was not comfortable. I just binge watched tv and movies. I became addicted to Law and Order SVU, a show I had never watched before, and got through many seasons of it on Hulu. LOL!

The second surgery was as easy as the first. No pain whatsoever. After it was done, Hubby and I opted to stop at a Denny’s for breakfast as my surgery was at 7:30 am. The only issue I had was that everything was really bright as my right eye was still dilated, so I just kept my sunglasses on most of the time. I didn’t even think about bringing reading glasses, so Hubby had to order for me as I could not read the menu. LOL!

The next day I could see so clearly! It was excellent. At my follow-up appointment, my dr. said my eye looked so good that he lifted the driving restriction, so as soon as I got home I called my hairdresser and made an appointment for the next day. LOL!

I know some people have the same issue I did between surgeries, like Sluggy is having now. But most people do not. My dad waited 6 years between his. LOL! You do have to put eye drops in your eyes for several weeks afterwards, but I don’t have a problem with that.


Hope my experience helps you prepare if/when you have to have cataract surgery.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Our garden apartment....err.....apartment garden.

We live in an apartment and most apartments here have naked balconies and patios. Not ours. Hubby has been busy, busy, busy working on his...I mean our....garden. I guess I should have taken before pics, but I didn't. I guess the closest I got was the pic of our front door when the ramp was put in for us in September. (We were expecting some wooden temporary ramp, but they poured us a concrete one. Our apartment management loves us!)
To the left, across from the window is actually a big empty dirt area. The plant you see were set there by the movers when we moved in and just sat there in their pots while Hubby went through surgery and recovery.

Then he got in the mood to garden. Here is what the area looks like now.


We even have some little statues in the cinder blocks. And a stained glass bird bath. LOL! Hubby is such a goof sometimes. But our entryway feels so homey, now.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

18 years of wedded bliss!

Today is our 18th wedding anniversary! I can't believe it! We have now outlasted the combined total of both of our previous marriages. You know what that means.....we were not the problem. LOL!

This is still the man of my dreams!


Thursday, April 23, 2015

I have to relearn how to do eye makeup.

I wear makeup almost every day. I wear it every day that I go to work and sometimes on the weekends. I used to do full makeup on weekends, but not so much anymore. I guess I am comfortable in my skin when home with Hubby. But I won't go to work without it.

For years, I have bee doing makeup to show that I have eyes behind my glasses. Well, now, I don't have to wear glasses. Well, I will have to wear reading glasses, but to walk around, no glasses needed.

I guess I need to really adjust my eye makeup so I don't look like this
Please note that if this is the way you like to do your eyes, I am not disrespecting your choice. I just don't want to look like this on a daily basis. 

I am going tomorrow to get a haircut as my hair just pretty much hangs right now. It looks fine, but I am bored. So new hair and new eye makeup. I may be stylin' next week.

Or looking like a clown. Time will tell. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Cataract surgery....round 2.

Ha ha! My eye was so beautiful this day....not. I think I took this pic to show the ring around my iris, not noticing the smudgy eye shadow and missing mascara. Oh, well, it is my eye. And it has more make up on it than I have been able to wear in 2 weeks. 

Tomorrow morning, at 7:30 am, I will arrive bright eyed and bushy tailed to have cataract surgery on my right eye. I cannot wait to have it done. Before the surgery done on my left eye on 4/7, I was a surgery virgin. I have to tell you, cataract surgery was SO easy and I am not a bit nervous about tomorrow. I AM excited to have two eyes with the same correction. It will be wonderful to be able to see.

I will tell you, anyone that is extremely nearsighted that intends to have vision correcting lenses inserted when they need to have cataract surgery, needs to have both eyes done as closely together as possible. The time between surgeries has been awful for me. I did not get back to work yet as I cannot sit in front of a computer for more than an hour without getting eye strain since I can only see out of one eye. I can look through my glasses lens with the uncorrected eye, or put on reading glasses and read out of the corrected eye, but I cannot see clearly through both eyes at the same time. 

Reading for any length of time makes my eyes feel really strained. I usually read 2 - 3 books a week (I read on my daily commute) and with my eyes this way, I am now on week 3 of the same book. LOL!

According to my drs, people with lesser bad vision do not have the same problem I am having. And I am really happy for those people. I would not wish this experience on anyone.

Looking forward to finding out what my surgeon looks like as the last time I met him after they took my glasses away. I heard that he is really cute. LOL!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Winners! Purex Crystals Scentsplash Giveaway

I went to Random,org and entered the number of comments on my giveaway and this is crazy but it picked the same winners as my last giveaway:

Slugmama
SonyaAnn
sohamolina

I will send out an email for addresses I don't have, or you may email your mailing info to fperkins2000 @ gmail.com.

Thanks for entering and Congratulations!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap Winners!


I SWEAR this is not rigged! I went to Random,org and entered the number of comments on my giveaway and it picked:

SonyaAnn
sohamolina (I tried to email you through your page contact and it failed.)
Slugmama

I will send out an email for addresses I don't have. (Sluggy I still have a coupon for your from another giveaway you won.) Sohamolina, please email your mailing info to fperkins2000 @ gmail.com.

Thanks for entering and Congratulations!