Thursday, September 08, 2011
So, I did go camping over Labor day weekend and enjoyed it. Had made arrangements with eye doctor to get in touch on Saturday for her to set a time to check my eye. Unfortunately, my cell phone carrier did not have coverage at Lake Red Rock, so went into the closest town. Her answering service wrote down my number wrong, so while I waited in town, doctor was unable to reach me. Later in the afternoon, finally connected and met at her office. Eye had not improved, but was no worse, so decided she would check it again on Monday. What a wonderful doctor to take her time over a holiday weekend to see a new patient!
Decided to skip Monday and check first thing Tuesday am. Eye was worse instead of better, so a phone conversation resulted in a quick trip to South Dakota after dropping Daisy dog at sons home! Wore a patch over the eye, in order to be able to tolerate the sun, The girls in the office tried to convince me to wear a pink eye patch, but I settled for blue!
Was supposed to check in with doctor's office, but once again cell phone service failed me in a rest area a few miles South of Sioux Falls. Saw doctor late in the day, he had let office know I would be there.. He changed meds and made appointment for Wednesday.
On Wednesday, all 3 doctors in office examined the eye, had a consultation and it was decided to remove the contact "bandage", add in another med and see what happens.
So, this morning I am to go back in for another recheck. Hopefully, there will be enough improvement that they will send me home! I'm sure they are getting as tired of seeing me as I am of seeing them (with one eye!)
I truly appreciate the wonderful care I am getting from all the doctors involved and believe the ultimate outcome will be good. The problem is not the fault of doctors, but the fact that my eyes are soooo dry!
Looking forward to getting home and finally having life settle down!
Hugs, Sparkles! Take care!
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!
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