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renniekins
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One Day More
Drama drama drama. LJ sure is full of it recently. But I can't help myself in adding to the fray: I'm getting my eyes done tomorrow! Eeeeeep! I'm so hyper and nervous and excited. (No I'm not getting my eyes lifted or straightened or enhanced or whatever the heck else people do with eyes. I'm getting lasik. I'm going to be able to see!)

Ohhh, I hope it goes well. I'm trying to ignore the other possibilities, even though I know there's always a chance... oh stop that. It'll be great. Great! It's scary, of course, letting somebody mess with my eyes like that. But given that my eyes already work so poorly, I know that no matter what happens they'll surely be better than now. Hopefully perfect!

I had to shovel snow again this morning, even though I wrote the nicest and most politely worded letter to the weather yesterday. Another 3 inches-ish, I'd say, and heavier than last night's. I called my office's "bad weather hotline" on the off-chance minute possibility that they might have declared a snow day. I knew that in fact there was no chance whatsoever, but it doesn't hurt to have hope, does it?

I must confess that I cheated once I found that I did indeed have to go to work: I shoveled the full "apron" but only tire-tracks for the rest of my driveway. Then I sorta slid my way down the tracks and drove away, forgetting to close my garage door. (I remembered just a few houses down, and I could have backed up and closed it. But my road was slippery, and there were two little girls shoveling at the house next door. I didn't want to frighten them, and I didn't want to look weird, so I just kept on skittering along the slushy street.)

When I finished the shoveling and climbed into my car, my eyeglasses fogged up. They were also covered in droplets of melted snow. I squinted through them and thought to myself, "Maybe for the last time ever."

Maybe! Hopefully! I'm at work today, but I'm finding it difficult to concentrate on anything. One more day. Less than twenty-four hours left....

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sherdeb From: sherdeb Date: January 6th, 2005 06:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay! I'm so excited for you! I'll be thinking of you tomorrow!
geekjul From: geekjul Date: January 6th, 2005 07:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good luck on the eyeball thing! When you can see again, be sure to give us a full report. I'm thinking of getting mine done early next year.
cynnerth From: cynnerth Date: January 6th, 2005 07:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Kevin works with a guy who had that done. He is extremely happy with it. It took a few days to get past the initial weird visual stuff as his eyes healed and adjusted.

I'm very excited for you! I can't wait to read all about it.

You are much braver than I am.
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: January 6th, 2005 07:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
yay! i don't know how much "seeing" you're supposed to do during your recovery, but if you want movies (we have VHS & DVD at the liberry) or books on tape or CD, let me know and i'll bring you a bundle of goodies. i'm working tomorrow but it's Friday, so i'm able to leave if you need anything. <3
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 6th, 2005 07:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
ohhh...actually some books on tape or cd (either's fine) would be really great! My understanding is that the more I keep my eyes closed the better for the first couple days, so that would help keep me from wanting to look at things too much. Doesn't have to be right away, I won't be home until 3 or later anyway -- so after work is fine. Thanks babe, that would be ever so helpful!
specialagentm From: specialagentm Date: January 6th, 2005 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll be in the same mode soon (this month, I suspect), except since i'm only getting one eye zapped, I'll be more like a pirate (yar!). I'm looking for an eyepatch to wear that weekend :-).
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 11th, 2005 12:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Cool, where are you getting it done? Mine was at TLC. If you want a detailed description of my experience, check out my (very long) phone posts... or of course just ask. (;
specialagentm From: specialagentm Date: January 11th, 2005 12:32 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm getting it done someplace right down the street from my work, they're affiliated with my optometrist. Don't recall the name of the office, though.

I listened to the phone posts. It made me a bit squeamish, but I think I can still hack it... so long as it's so numb that I don't feel anything.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 11th, 2005 04:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh you can definitely handle it. Compare it to getting drilled at the dentist. Not fun, but numb and very survivable -- and it takes way less time!
itsmika From: itsmika Date: January 6th, 2005 10:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually, they told me to sleep for four hours after the surgery (your vision should be foggy before the nap) then it was ok to watch TV but not to do too much reading for a couple of days.

You may have to sleep in these funny goggles they give you. If you have some of those underwater goggles that fit over each eye, I thought they worked even better. They prevent you from rubbing your eyes unconsciously when you are in bed.

You'll need to use drops every hour or so after you wake up - they'll explain the drill. If you usually wear mascara, you might as well forget it for at least a week ;-)

When I opened my eyes after the first nap I could read the closed captioning on the tv. Of course, YMMV - the doc was pretty surprised that I could see that well right away - my farsightedness was on the edge of inoperable. Your vision should improve over the next week and even more as time passes and everything heals. Use the drops they give you! They really do help with the healing and any dryness.

I'll be thinking of you and sending good-vision vibes your way! If you have any questions or want to freak out to someone, I'm usually on Y!IM = mikapisika ;-)
operatic From: operatic Date: January 6th, 2005 08:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
*ooo!* Good luck tomorrow! :)
_goodintentions From: _goodintentions Date: January 6th, 2005 08:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
My dad had that done and he is perfectly ohkay!
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renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 6th, 2005 10:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hi! I'm going to TLC in Farmington Hills, and they charge around $3000 (more if you want "custom"). I'm sure I'll be posting about it a bunch in the next few days, so feel free to "stay tuned"! Thanks... I'm pretty excited. (:
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netmouse From: netmouse Date: January 7th, 2005 12:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey! hope it goes well! *hug*
thelifeofbrian From: thelifeofbrian Date: January 7th, 2005 12:51 am (UTC) (Link)

No Regrets

It's hard to believe that it's been close to 7 years since I had my LASIK done. No regrets, the best investment I ever made, even if the results are perfectly 20/20. 7 years without glasses is a good thing.

When I had it done (one eye at a time back then), the doped me up with Valium first. The surgery only took a few minutes, and by the time I got home, the valium caught up with me and I was out for the rest of the night. But the next morning, I no longer needed glasses for that eye. (Of course, I looked like a dork walking around for a week with one lense removed from my glasses).

I doubt things have changed that much, so I doubt you'll be doing much reading/movie watching when you get home from your surgery.
anarmyofjuan From: anarmyofjuan Date: January 7th, 2005 01:54 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm gonna drop off a music CD by your house on my way home. something to do with your eyes closed, and all. :-) I hope it all goes well!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 8th, 2005 09:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you thank you thank you!!! (:
jydog1 From: jydog1 Date: January 7th, 2005 02:27 am (UTC) (Link)

the eyes have it

Good luck! Let us know how it goes, all the details, I'm thinking of surprising my wife with it for our anniversary (she's not quite legally blind but pretty close!)

Chris
c0nsumer From: c0nsumer Date: January 7th, 2005 02:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Hi. I know you, so I've added you. Yay.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 8th, 2005 08:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh hey -- Cool!
fachless From: fachless Date: January 7th, 2005 09:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ditto on the eye thing...

No fair that you guys have snow! All we have is rain. If you get a chance send some down. :)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 11th, 2005 12:07 am (UTC) (Link)
I threw a snowball south -- did you get it?
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