Wednesday, August 31, 2011
It has been six days since my PRK eye surgery. On Monday, I visited my new eye doctor at home for the first time. I really like her, but not so much the news. The eye wasn't healing as quickly as expected and per instructions from South Dakota surgeon made some changes in eye drops including using hydrating drops every hour in addition to post surgical meds. Returned to new doctor yesterday and still no complete healing. Per surgeons recommendation, she called him and got further suggestions. A new stronger lubricating drop to be used at bedtime, eyelid wash to be used and warm goggles. The problem is that my eyes are incredibly dry even though a new punctal plug was put in the lower lid and a temporary plug in the upper lid right after surgery.
I have another appointment today (to be seen daily until healed) and, if healing is not complete, I am to return to South Dakota (330 miles) to be re-evaluated by surgeon. I really, really don't want to have to do that, so am super hydrating eye, no I am not crying, just tearing! We have plans to go camping for the Labor day weekend and I have been feeling camping deprived because of the move and everything going on, so really, really want to get to go. I have my sunglasses and a sweat band, so I won't get sun or sweat in my eyes!
Now on a more positive note, I am feeling at home in the new house. I can navigate it at night with the lights off. Daisy dog and Ittel cat have settled down and seem to feel at home. I am back to a schedule with my cardio and strength training, which is nice after all the moving and heavy cleaning, etc. Those were good cardio, but hard to track and unpridictable from day to day.
Hoping all my friends on the East coast are safe and comfortable after the storm. Special hugs to them!
Now I have to go put in eye drops!
Thursday, August 25, 2011
I had the appointment for my lasek surgery this morning. After much consultation, my doctors decided to PRK instead of lasek. I have had previous PTK on both eyes and recent cataract surgery. I appreciate the thought that went into their decision when they could have just done the easy thing. For those of you who haven't heard my whines, the reason for this surgery is that the cataract surgery was supposed to result in monovision == that is, one eye could see well at a distance and the other could see well up close, so that I would not have to wear glasses. Instead, the left eye ended up with 20/20 vision. Sounds strange to complain about that, but it was not the anticipated outcome. So, my eye surgeon agreed to fix the problem at no charge.
The PRK results in more pain, a longer recovery period and more follow up visits to a optometrist which I can do at home. There is a contact "bandage" on the eye which will come off Monday at my follow up. So far, the pain is minimal and I return to the surgeon tomorrow morning for a checkup. Then, if all is well, I will be able to drive the 330 miles back home.
Have pain pills if I need them and ordered in a steak dinner which was delicious. Instructions are to nap the rest of the day except for putting eye drops in every 2 hours. Do you think I can have the desk clerk call me every 2 hours with a wakeup call?
Thanks for all the good wishes! Hugs, Sparkies!
Monday, August 22, 2011
When I was a girl, children were taught to respect their elders. That included saying "Yes, Ma'am" and "No, Sir". We called our parents friends Mr. or Mrs. and not by their first names. We did not interrupt adults when they were carrying on a conversation. We (pretty much) ate what was put in front of us at the table. (A side note to this, my Dad always mentioned the starving children in China. This confused me a great deal, because I thought, if I didn't eat all my dinner, it would get shipped to China to a starving child--what did I know, I was a kid!) If it was a big meal, like Christmas, the youngsters sat at a separate table or ate after the adults were finished. If we were told to do a chore, we did it (sometimes with a great deal of grumbling, but it got done!)
When shopping and we asked for something, if the answer was no, we shut up or else!
No, we weren't perfect, there were occasional fibs which resulted in a switching. We got dirty and no one worried about germs. We waded in mud puddles and played in the rain. We made do with what we had. I played house with leaves for dishes and acorn shells for cups! We used our imaginations, not our I-pads. We helped with the dishes, we dusted the things that weren't breakable.
We learned from books, encyclopedias, nature and our elders.
Was it a better time? I'm not sure, but I am sure that respect, responsibility and reliability somehow don't seem as important as they once did.
This makes me sad!
Just my thoughts today!
So, I will respect my body and mind, be responsible for my health and well-being and rely on Spark People to help me on my way!
Friday, August 19, 2011
You have asked how the rock smuggling went:
These are some of the rocks I was able to smuggle into the Uhaul with the help of daughter-in-law and granddaughter! (no, we weren't stoned!) In return, I helped my granddaughter smuggle this
rustic bench into the truck. Since then, she has power washed it, added some reinforcement for her apartment balcony. It looks great.
I have one of the benches left! Hope mine turns out as well as hers!
The rocks will go to add to the already existing borders to flower beds and trees. Someone who lived here must have had the same affinity for collecting rocks that I have. Can't figure out how to log the cardio for lugging these rocks around, though!
Happy weekend, Sparkies!
Thursday, August 18, 2011
The big move is complete!
A couple of weeks ago, we were all set to move me, Daisy dog and Ittel cat from South Dakota to Iowa. The day before the move was scheduled on Saturday, we were notified that the 26' Uhaul we had reserved was not available and we would have to drive to a town 100 miles away to pick up the truck. After some negotiation and price reductions, we agreed. Started out for the town of Wagner on Saturday morning and called the Uhaul place and told them we were on our way. Upon arrival at 12 noon, we told them we were there for the UHaul and they said they didn't do rentals between 11 and 2 because they were too busy. We were never told prior to arrival that this was the case! We ate lunch and then told them we had to have the Uhaul NOW or we would have to report them to UHaul and anyone else we could think of. They finally complied, but did not apply the promised discounts. After another half hour, they contacted Uhaul and finally got the discounts settled. Yay! We were finally on our way. That is until my son tried to start the Uhaul and there was no way the motor would even turn over! Back into the office and they told us there was no one there who could fix it. One of there customers volunteered to try to jump start the truck, so back out we went. After an hour of charging the battery, the truck finally started! Do you think I will be using that rent a truck company again????
So, got most of the truck loaded on Saturday, finished loading on Sunday, had another tearful farewell with my neighbor, got Daisy dog settled with son to ride in the Uhaul, got one really unhappy Ittel cat in her carrier in the front seat of the pickup (thank you to the friend who suggested covering the cage!) and headed out for the 6 hour drive to Iowa. Me in the pickup, one son in the Uhaul, one son in other son's car and daughter-in-law and granddaughter in their car. We had us a convoy!
Arrived in Iowa about 4 and started unloading truck, finished on Sunday and began the great unpacking! More unpacking on Monday and much cleaning, discussing where to place things, barking from Daisy dog who just wanted to play Frisbee or ball! Wisconsin son left on Tuesday, Iowa son came back on Wednesday and continued to help. Thursday had a day to myself to settle in, etc. Friday, daughter and 2 granddaughter from Minnesota came to help. Iowa son built benches on the deck and finished glazing all the windows which were all about to fall out.
This week I have had to myself and did things like joining Silver Sneakers at the Y and attending my first ever exercise class, getting a dog license at the police station, shopping for an area rug, light bulbs, groceries. Bought tomatoes and canned 7 pints, 2 dozen ears of wonderful Iowa sweet corn to freeze! Laid out my garden and sprayed it with grass killer to be ready for spring, rearranging rocks around the trees, bought some perennials on sale to add some color the yard.
Now, for those of you who have asked (and some of those who haven't) here are pictures in no particular order. Keep in mind that some drapes and curtains are still in the planning stage!
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