Archive for July, 2007

2 Days Post-Op

It is now Friday morning, about 44 hours after surgery and I am in front of my computer for the first time. Things look pretty normal so far. I woke this morning with a slight scratchiness in my left eye which has since subsided somewhat. I drove in to work and my sight was fine, in fact for the most part it is like having a pair of brand new lenses, crystal clear and everything in incredible detail. The fogginess comes and goes with the drops, and I assume it will be a few more days until I completely lose the fogginess since it is attributed to the inflammation so I am told. I am still putting steroid drops in every hour as i was told to yesterday and I will update you when I get back from my 10am appt.

Well, apparently I still have swollen eyeballs and the Optometrist told me to keep with the steroids for today and Saturday every hour and then every 2 hours on Sunday. She also told me to stay indoors if I can, which may throw a curve into our plans to attend a wedding and a wedding shower this weekend, especially since it is our wedding shower. In any event, I will be keeping my eyes out of trouble as much as I can which will include not being anywhere near exploding eggs, which is a favourite event at the family reunion scheduled for Sunday. Broken eggshells and corneal flaps don’t mix well I would guess…

 

The day after surgery – Post-Op Day 1

Writing this from memory it was a rather uneventful day, however I remember getting out of bed at 530 and being able to see outside and in the darkness I wandered over to the window and was amazed that I was able to see. I started a ling day of eye drop routine and was able to see well enough that I drove myself to my 9:40 appointment. The doctor told me that I had some inflammation of my eyes and that I needed to up the steroids on each eye to once an hour instead of once every 4 hours. He also told me that I needed to stay indoors as much as possible and not to drive. So I drove myself home, being that I already had 20/20 vision and spent the day on the couch putting drops in my eyes.

I still cannot see perfectly, it is a bit like having dirty lenses in, sometimes they are fine, others they are blurry and annoying. However, when I get outside and look around I am shocked at how well I can see. I can also still see within 8″ of my face to read up close which I have to admit I was a little worried about. My computer screen looks a little fuzzy, but not out of focus fuzzy, more like dirty glasses fuzzy. I can tell that once my eyes calm down a little, that my eyesight will be perfect.

Sure, point that laser directly into my eye… is that burning flesh I smell?

So off I went to my pre-op appointment, to meet with the counsellor, to sign the papers and to back out if I really wanted. Since I had spent all morning on the floor of the pharmacy installing the wireless internet modem and router I was tired, irritable and frankly ready to get out of the office and this seemed like a pretty cool alternative. I sat with the consellor and went over all the forms and so on, signing every page and finally whipping out my VISA card to pay for the whole thing. After the paperwork was done and I had my little belt pack with my funky new glasses and my tester sized versions of my eye drops I was ready to be prepped for surgery.
I was taken into the pre-surgery room and they tested my eyes again to make sure all the measurements etc were right, confirming that I have oversized pupils at an enormous 7.5mm! I was then told to sit in the hall to await pre-surgery preparations. Apparently the “prepping for surgery” part comprised of being given a mesh hairnet and told to stay where you are.

I was then met by the surgeon who took me into the room and sat me on the edge of the surgery table and asked if I had any questions, a very common theme over the last 2 days, if nothing else, they sure do want to answer all your questions before you go in! I was fine with the whole deal so he laid me down, put my head in a cradle pillow and proceeded to tape my eyes open. He did one at a time, taping the lower lid, the upper lid and the eyebrow as far as I could tell. Once he had done the taping, he placed the speculum on my eye which basically keeps your eyelids open kind of like this:

Eye SpeculumDon’t however do a google images search for speculum, you will get an embarrassing surprise if you do.

So there I was, eye pinned open, staring at the flashing red light above me which seemed to get progressively more blurrred as he put more drops into my eye. I was told to keep my eye on the red light at all times however as he placed a suction cup over my eyeball the little light disappeared. He then told me I would feel a slight buzzing sound, to which I had visions of a circular saw cutting into my eyeball to create the inafamous flap. The buzzing was quiet brief and he used a small hook type thing to retract the flap. It was at that point that I realized I was without a cornea and was looking out into the world through a very naked eye! Next came the laser light show. He told me I would hear a clicking sound which I did, I also heard the assistant counting out the time of the exposure and I also experienced the one thing they do not tell you about in the brochure or the meetings, I smelled the burning of my eyeball flesh like the smell of singed hair or a badly burned skin. I have to say it was peretty gross at the time. Once the laser was done carving into my eye, he replaced the flap, smothed it out with his metal thingy then took what I can only describe as a mini squeegee and smoothed over the surface of my eye.

That was it. He moved onto the second eye, did the same thing and I was done. I was in there a total of 10 minutes. Once my eyes were untaped, I was told to sit up and put on my glasses and go out into the waiting area. At that point I could not see well at all, it was like looking through an underwater mask filled with water. I put on my stylish shades and headed for the couch. After a few minutes, a woman came and put drops in my eye and then 15 minutes later came back and did the second lot. By this time the anaesthetic was wearing off and my eyes were getting very irritated and light sensitive. I have to say that the 30 minutes after surgery was the most uncomfortable. After 45 minutes I was ushered into one of the exam rooms to check the work and then told I could leave.

I had called Nicole right after the surgery even though I couldn’t see the dial pad very easily and she was ready to take me when I was done. Minute by minute my eyes improved and once I got home, although still extremely light sensistive, I was able to see the housing construction behind our house in fairly clear detail. I spent the next few hours putting drops in my eyes, waking up at 7:30pm thinking that it was the next day and being very confused as to where Nicole was, why it was 730 and why breakfast television wasn’t on. I eventually came to my senses and spent a a couple of hours watching TV and administering dozens of drops of various types.

I finally put my sunglasses on, rather than taping the eye protectors to my face, and went up to bed.

 

 

I have decided I need to see…

I went for an appointment at LASIKMD today (www.lasikmd.com) which was informative and was the final straw that broke the camel’s back. After finding out that it would be $1000 more than I thought it would be I still decided maybe it was time since I have been thinking about it and saving for it for the last 5 years or so. In the final process the woman told me that her next available appointment was August 29th to which I replied that I had a wedding to go to and I wanted it done for then. She then told me she had an appointment tomorrow at 12:20. I agreed.

So that is that. Tomorrow at 12:20 I go for eye surgery in what I hope to be a life changing procedure that will leave me not needing glasses again forever. Which, by the way, was why I never had it done before, I was scared that my eyes would continue to change and in a few years I would need glasses again. Apparently not so, once your eye has elongated into your 20’s it pretty much stays the same forever. Plus they give you a 5 year guarantee that if you need it done again, just in case there are changes, they will do it for free.

I guess tomorrow we shall see.

Without glasses, hopefully 🙂

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words…

However an engagement picture is far more difficult to create than a thousand words.

We went to Millbrook, an hour and a half away to see our photographer yesterday to get our “engagement photos” done. First, I am not aware that there is such a thing as engagement photos and second I was not thrilled at having to drive out there after having been at work since 6am working on the firewall. At any rate, we went to make the most of it and unfortunately had lots of time to kill on the way. We decided to stop by the Oshawa Centre to kill some time and I have to ask, what the hell happened to Oshawa? I felt like I was in some suburb of Buffalo with the white trash people around there. I mean I remember it being a little blue collar, nothing wrong with that, but this was ghetto white trash in the extreme. I was actually embarrassed for the people living there seeing the crowd of lazy miscreants hanging out by the doors. Shocking is not nearly enough to describe my amazement at the transformation of the once middle class clean cut shopping centre. So I got a small bag of Kernels and we left to head on our way.

The drive out to Millwood is really nice, very picturesque and even though you do get a little Deliverance feeling from the area it is a very enjoyable drive. Gill, our GPS lady had noproblem getting us there and on the way back kept us off the highway as we meandered our way back home along the back roads.

The photo shoot itself was a bit, well, odd I guess. It is just weird having someone filming you or photographing you as you just kind of stand there and cuddle. We were both a little uncomfortable at times, although Nicole was far slower to warm up to the idea than I was. The problem is that neither of us take particularly good photos at the best of times and when the pressure is on to perform, I can’t imagine that the outcome is going to be spectacular. We will just have to see I guess, but our hopes are not very high given that he only shot 2 rolls of black and white.

Time will tell…