One Week Post Cataract Surgery - Right Eye

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

It's been five weeks since the surgery on my left eye and a week since the surgery on my right. Things continue to improve. I had the expected dryness and irritation in the right eye as well as things being fuzzier, first yellow tinted, then red tinted but that is all gone now.

Here is a little comparison of my post-op photos in case you missed them...left eye was taken in the truck, right eye in Denny's.

My left eye is 20/20 and at one week my right eye is between 20/30-35. That is actually better than I expected due to the severity of the nearsightedness in that eye. At 20/400, I was legally blind without correction. Needless to say, I'm thrilled!

The eye drops are minimal now, once a day for one kind and twice a day for another plus artificial tears in both eyes as needed for dryness. I still have to wear the patch at night for another week, as well as avoid exertion and lifting for another week.

I highly recommend Dr. Sachin, Kalyani and will see him again in another year. In the meantime, I will see an opthamologist in Cookeville, TN to get glasses which will correct my astigmatism in both eyes for distance vision and correct the farsightedness as well. Life is good!

Ciao for now!

6/16/17: Celebrate the Small Things

Friday, June 16, 2017

It's Friday and time to post my Celebrate the Small Things on this blog.

If you'd like to join in the fun or check out some other participating blogs, click the image to the right or the link at the bottom of the page.

My small things for this past week, some not so small, but all great!

First was attending & enjoying our granddaughter's 3rd birthday party. She had a blast as did everyone who attended.

Can you tell it was Troll themed? Her favorite...for right now.

A successful eye surgery for the cataract on my right eye. Thankful for a wonderful husband who takes care of me when I need it, whether I want it or not.

We seem to have won the battle of the ants - thank you, Terro! It has yet to fail us. We prefer the liquid we dispense, not a fan of the bait traps. We also got some powder to spread at the house.

Finally, I got an AMAZING bathing suit for $19.98. It fits, looks good and I would actually wear it in public. I haven't had a suit like that since 2010. I went back to the site to get a photo and saw it's down to $9.98 but only in small sizes. Oh well...I did snag a second one, I don't like it quite as well, but if I lose 10#, it will look better (too much belly-LOL).

A pretty darn good week!

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Ciao for now!

Second Cataract Surgery

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

For those who have been following along, I got my left eye cataract surgery done a month ago and got my right eye done this past Monday. While it was the same surgery (with a different strength lens implant), there were some differences.

First difference, the left eye was an afternoon surgery. This one had us at the medical center by 6:30 am and it's an hour drive! Way too early for me...yes, that's a sunrise. I don't see many of those...LOL!

With the first surgery, I was aware of going into the OR area, being prepped, having some discomfort, getting the drape pulled off (the anesthesiologist says everyone remembers that), eating/drinking my snack and walking out to the truck.

Not so this time around. In my discussion with the anesthesiologist (a different one, and my nurses were different as well - they seem to rotate), I mentioned the pain I had. He asked if I had said anything and I said no since I didn't want to move my face. He told me if I had any discomfort, speak up, it's okay! We had a nice chat while he mixed up my "cocktail". He injected it into my IV and BOOM! That's pretty much the last thing I remember clearly until I was eating at Denny's. Yes, I am definitely woozy.

You'll notice I've got a sweatshirt over my shoulders. I don't remember that. I don't remember going into the OR, the drape being ripped off, chatting with Stu while eating my snack. I don't even remember being unstable and getting taken to the truck in a wheelchair. LOL! The cocktail did the trick...I slept most of the way home after eating and I slept most of the rest of the day (off & on).

I had my one day checkup yesterday and everything looked good. My right eye was my extremely near-sighted eye, so I knew there would be differences. It's not clearing as quickly as the left and things have a yellow cast to them. I told the doctor and he wasn't concerned. I am still amazed at the crispness and sharpness of things with my left eye.

The biggest issue is now being very far-sighted, something I'm not used to. I can't see the kitchen counter clearly. I can't even see the toothbrush when applying toothpaste. LOL! Because my right eye was done last, I was wearing my old glasses with just the right lens. Now I have taken over every pair of reading glasses that Stu used before he got prescription glasses.

I have my one week checkup next Monday and will get my final instructions on the eye drops. I am still using the Prednisone drops in the left eye, but have stopped the other two. I continue to use Soothe artificial tear drops several times a day in both eyes. It really helps with the first week after surgery of irritated feeling in the eye, plus I suffer from very dry eyes under normal conditions.

So, I can see distance beautifully and will be able to drive to Florida. But I need to always keep reading glasses handy or I'm in trouble. I have one pair on an eyeglass cord...funny to be out wearing two pairs of glasses on cords - at the same time! One for my fitover sunglasses and one for my reading glasses. I look forward to getting my final prescription glasses next month. I have an appointment on July 12th with an opthamologist in Cookeville.

All in all, I'm very pleased with the entire procedure. Now to deal with two weeks of wearing my night patch, no exertion and no lifting. Ahhh, it's a tough life - NOT!

Ciao for now!

6/9/17: Celebrate the Small Things

Friday, June 9, 2017

It's Friday and time to post my Celebrate the Small Things on my blog. If you'd like to join in the fun or check out some other participating blogs, click the image to the right.

My small things for this past week:
  • A nice motorcycle ride with hubby, the first for me since we ,ent Florida in early April
  • Saw a great movies, Wonder Woman. Wow!
  • Drove for the first time since my eye surgery and did a little shopping by myself
Small in the grand scheme of things, but all in all, a good week.

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Ciao for now!

Busy as the ants in our rig!

Monday, June 5, 2017

We had a nice weekend, well except for the ant invasion. Thank goodness we already had a bottle of Terro on hand. It works wonders...usually within 24-48 hours. We are down to a couple of stragglers but just to be sure, we got the spreadable version for outdoors.

We've used this for several years, always trying to perfect where we place it. This time I think we found the perfect way - on the back side of paper plates. I will be picking up some smaller ones just for this purpose.

We did refresh the dots a couple of times, they do eventually dry out. The good thing is the ants take the bait back to the nest and they all die.

Saturday we headed out on the motorcycle for a ride, it was a gorgeous day. I hadn't been out since my eye surgery and found I still had some issue with the wind getting under my helmet shield and Fitover sunglasses. I solved that by taking off my glasses and just wearing the Fitovers which put them closer to my face and kept the wind from coming in from underneath. We rode to Rock Hall where we enjoyed browsing a couple of shops and, oh yeah, having ICE CREAM!

We have another couple of busy weeks ahead. Today is a home day - laundry and chores. Tomorrow is an early morning doctor visit for us both (primary care). Don't expect anything out of the norm but always happy to get it out of the way. Since Stu has to be fasting for his blood work, we'll enjoy breakfast out - somewhere.

Wednesday Stu will get to go to a retiree luncheon with his firefighter buddies. He rarely gets to these monthly gatherings so I know he'll enjoy it. Thursday he has a dermatologist appointment, we'll catch a movie (maybe "Wonder Woman") and then dinner with our Thursday night friends (no, they aren't friends just on Thursday nights...LOL).

Friday I start my eye drops in my right eye in preparation for getting the cataract removed from my right eye. We have no idea what my vision will end up due to the extreme nearsightedness in that eye. The ophthalmologist has already tweaked the prescription for the lens twice, in hopes of a better result. Me? I'll be thrilled if it's 20/60 like my left eye was at one week post-surgery.

Saturday is Waverly's birthday party - she'll be three. (Eeek! We need to start making plans for Disney next year.) It's a troll themed party and Waverly can't make up her mind on what hat/hairband to wear. LOL!

Monday is my surgery, Tuesday is my first check-up. That means a quiet week since I now know from experience how tired I will be. No exertion or lifting restrictions back in place and after giving up the eye patch for the first time last night, it will be back in place. So glad I figured out the eye mask works much better and saved my face from the irritation from the tape.

Right now we plan to leave here on Sunday, June 25th which will be two weeks after my second surgery. I should be fine to drive without glasses but will definitely be using readers for the close things. But as always, plans are set in jello!

Ciao for now!

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6/2/17: Celebrate the Small Things

Friday, June 2, 2017

It's Friday and time to post my Celebrate the Small Things on my blog. If you'd like to join in the fun or check out some other participating blogs, click the image to the right.

My small things for this past week:
  • My left eye is now 20/20
  • My right eye is officially scheduled for surgery on 6/12
  • Hubby got the reverse switch replaced on his Harley TriGlide
Small in the grand scheme of things, but all in all, a good week.

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Ciao for now!

One Week Post Cataract Surgery

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

It's been busy since we last posted. Thursday we visited the mall where, at Books-a-Million, we discovered that what is old is now new. Wow!


We also discovered the big stuffed animals that kids can rent for riding around the mall, aren't just for kids!

We took in a movie, "Snatched", and loved it. Definite for adults only (R-rated) but a hoot! We both laughed out loud several times. But if you get offended easily, pass it by. ;) We capped off the day by having dinner with our Thursday night friends. Delicious Japanese Hibachi Grill...YUM!

We had a fun Friday last week, taking on a last minute babysitting request for little Waverly. She will be three next month and we enjoyed our afternoon with her. After breakfast at Cracker Barrel, where she devoured pancakes like a pro, we headed over to a local park. She was familiar with it since her mom, Stu's youngest girl, takes her there often. Here are a couple of photos...



Three hours later, we headed back to the rig for a little TV and a two hour nap...

The weekend turned nasty, for the most part, with a lot of rain. We stayed in and watched recorded movies on the TV. Nice to be able to do that!

Yesterday was my one week post-op cataract surgery checkup for my left eye. I'm happy to report the surgery is officially deemed a success with 20/20 vision! Now on to the right eye, scheduled on June 12th. Because my right eye is so nearsighted, there is a good chance I won't get to 20/20 but it will still be a dramatic improvement.

I will still need glasses for distance to correct the astigmatism in both eyes and will go with progressive lenses, as I have since my 40's, to take care of needing readers. As it stands now, I will be getting those back in Tennessee.

I'm still on restriction from over-exertion and lifting anything weighing more than 15-20 pounds. I have to wear the eye patch for another week and I'm still using eye drops, although less often. The drops will continue until my next surgery - and of course, I start the drops in the right eye three days before surgery. So we will be double-dropping my eyes. LOL! Sorry, somehow that struck me as funny.

The eye patch - that's another story. You may remember the clear patch being taped to my face from my previous post. I tried that for a couple nights and the tape was really irritating my skin. So I ordered this cute little eye mask to try. The first night I just slipped the patch underneath. No go - it was lost in the bed the next morning. I tried taping just the top under the mask and ended up with a bruise on my cheekbone from the pressure. So the next night I tape it over the mask. The goal is to keep me from accidentally rubbing my eye. This worked well!!!

Stu is off on the motorcycle. He had to take it in to Annapolis Harley to get the switch for the reverse motor installed. Somehow it got replaced with a dummy switch and we've had no reverse since Florida. The dealer there is covering all the costs, so we're happy.

We plan on a movie this Thursday and dinner with our friends. If the weather holds, I may brave a motorcycle ride with my fitovers...been too long!

Ciao for now!

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

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5/26/17: Celebrate the Small Things

Friday, May 26, 2017

It's Friday and time to post my Celebrate the Small Things on my blog. If you'd like to join in the fun or check out some other participating blogs, click the image to the right.

My small things for this past week:
Another great week with lots of things to celebrate. How about you? What small things can you celebrate this week?

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Ciao for now!

Cataract Surgery & Day One Post-Op

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Left eye one is done!! First post-op check-up done and all is looking good. Right eye is scheduled for June 12th. Doing the happy dance - well, except for waiting to get glasses that will work with both new eye strengths. LOL!

I promised a little more information about the surgery. As I stated when I discussed options in my previous post, "Cataract Surgery & Me", everything is relevant to my experience and the surgeon and surgical center I used. Different doctors and different parts of the country will vary as will the condition of your eyes.

To prep for the surgery I needed to get a pre-surgery physical exam. Even though I had seen my GP the same day as my ophthalmologist, this exam was a little different than my annual Rx renewal visit. But fortunately, all my blood work was good. My eye doctor ordered three different eye drops, Besivance, Prednisolone and Prolensa. The first two were used three times a day, the last one only once. It didn't matter the order, only that we allowed five minutes between drops. We learned to use a timer, otherwise we'd get busy and an hour later realize we hadn't done the next drop. LOL! Stu instilled all my drops, much easier for me.

Like all surgeries, I couldn't eat after midnight the night before but since my surgery was in the afternoon, I was allowed up to 16 ounces of black coffee or plain water up between midnight and 9:30 am. I did indulge in several sips of coffee. The only medication I took that morning was the one for my blood pressure, as ordered by my regular doctor at my pre-surgery visit. (Be sure to ask YOUR doctor what to take.)

The surgical center was easy to find and the staff was great. I had done my morning eye drops but after check-in, there were a LOT more. They want your eye very dilated. Also expect anywhere from 3-5 people to ask you which eye and for me, two of them used a marker on my forehead above that eye.

I had been told to bring my medication list (Rx & OTC), including the eye drops, a picture ID, my insurance card and $10 for my sunglass kit. Also, if I had an advanced directive, I do (Five Wishes), bring a copy. The sunglass kit was a pair of fitovers - since I have at least three pair (a must when riding my motorcycle), I didn't have to buy them. Hey, every penny helps!

I was soon taken back where I laid on a gurney and the nurse put a nice warm (heated) blanket over me. I didn't have to undress and I had followed their advice and worn a zip-front (I don't own any button front) shirt for the EKG leads. Questions, IV put in, more eye drops, new person, question, still more eye drops, new person, questions, doctor, questions, nurse anesthetist, questions. Then I was wheeled back.

What do I remember? I remember the anesthetist asking how I was, I answered "Awake". She said she'd increase the sedation. I remember a drape being stuck to my face (and them telling me this), and then a opening being opened for my eye. A bright light and I commented on it. Laughter, and being told it's going to get a lot brighter.

The next part I have to admit that I'm not positive what is real and what might have been a sedation dream. I remember seeing red, feeling some discomfort but not wanting to speak while the surgery was going on. Not painful really, just uncomfortable. The next thing I remember is the drape being pulled off my face - ouch! LOL!

The nurse asked me to sit up and brought me my requested drink and snack (one of the early questions was what I wanted - choice of coffee, hot tea, iced tea, juice, soda, water and then saltines or graham crackers). I drank my water and demolished my saltine crackers.

I got my post-op instructions (continue my eye drops) and wear my cute little see-through eye patch the rest of the day and then during naps/nighttime for two weeks. No bending my head down and no lifting anything over 15 pounds for two weeks. Ahhh, rest!

I had some slight dryness and a scratchy feeling in the eye, but no other discomfort. When we got home and instilled the eye drops, that went away. I took an hour long nap and the eye was a bit stuck when I tried to open it but no further problems. Blurry vision and strong halos around lights but no discomfort.

My vision continued to be quite blurry until noon the next day when it started to clear. It continued to improve and we finally popped out the left lens in my glasses so the eyes could focus together better.

I am now two days out from surgery and the left eye is great, well, except for reading. Because my glasses corrected my close vision as well as distance, this is where I have to close my right eye to read small print. It will be much worse after the right eye is done since the lens will only correct distance.

All in all, I'm very happy and looking forward to June 12th. We still hope to head to TN in early July.

Ciao for now!

PS. Here is the link to the surgery for my right eye.

5/19/17: Celebrate the Small Things

Friday, May 19, 2017

It's Friday and time to post my Celebrate the Small Things on my blog. If you'd like to join in the fun or check out some other participating blogs, click the image to the right.

My small things for this past week:
  • We survived Stu's oldest daughter's outdoor wedding, rainy, temps in the mid-50's and WINDY. It was a great day!

  • We survived five days of babysitting three grandkids (well, today is the fifth day) without major incidents. It was a blast!
  • Stu survived being a chaperone to a group of 3rd graders, granddaughter Jesse's class, on a field trip to see the Shore Birds (baseball team) play.

  • I offered my book Home Again free for Mother's Day and it made the top ten for Young Adult Contemporary Romances during the week.
So all in all, a great week. Next week is my first cataract surgery. Eeek! I'm excited yet terrified. I know it will be fine, but it's MY EYES! LOL!

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Ciao for now!