Friday, June 1, 2012

Cataract Surgery

Well, chilluns, I had my first cataract surgery Wednesday.  Started off with writing the check, of course, then I went into pre-op.  I was expecting the surgery to be done in an examination chair, but I was put on a gurney, just like in a traditional operation.  Not all cataract surgery is done this way, but it was comforting feeling.  I was hooked up to monitors, given several drops, several times.  Repeatedly asked my name, birthday and surgery.  I had so many people working with me, that this way there would be no confusion.  When I was in the operating room and they asked what surgery I was in for, since it was the last time...I responded with "appendectomy".  They all laughed and the doc said "no way" .  Dr. Strelow, talked to me throughout the procedure and told me what to expect.  What I would see, that they were beginning the oxygen, etc.

It was an easy procedure and quite interesting, because what I saw looked very much like the old liquid light shows of the 60's on a much smaller scale.  Something like this...

There wasn't any red, like shown on this overhead projector liquid light show.  It was mostly light colors with a spider web effect along with the bubbles.  Visually pleasing, actually.  It helped that my eye was completely numb and I was being given a light sedative with an amnesia additive.

Recovery time was quick.  They brought me out on the gurney and hubby said I looked like Bride of Frankenstein, being raised up on the gurney and swaddled in blankets (looking like I was wrapped in bandages).  When I went to get up, my feet felt soooo heavy, but other than that I really don't remember much.  Good thing hubby got the post op info cause I barely remember the ride home. 

I have drops that I have to put in on a certain schedule and a hard plastic cover that I tape over my eye when sleeping.  Other than a bit of flickering in the eye as it heals and the new lens becomes part of me, I'm not experiencing any side effects.

Well, that's it for now.  Just wanted everyone to know that all went well.  I wasn't nervous and I attribute that to the power of prayer.  Mine and others.  Thanks to all who have been thinking and praying for me.  I have my next surgery on June 13th and I'm sure everything will go just as smoothly.

By the way, I walked the track today without my glasses.  Feels a bit odd to be able to see out of one eye without the glasses.   I was talking to Peri on the phone when I realized I could see out of my "new" eye, so she got to experience that with me.  This time next month I'll be done with both eyes and will have a whole new outlook on life.

Hope everyone has a great weekend.  Take care and don't rub your eye!

9 comments:

Tina said...

wow Lady, it sounds interesting and kinda scarey. I'm glad you shared this. Blessings to you , T

Countryfolk Keepsakes said...

So glad to read everything went well!! But I knew it would. ♥
Remember, you can pop the lens out of your eyeglasses until you have the other eye done. Sure it may look a lil' weird, but you'll be able to see. :> )
"hubby said I looked like Bride of Frankenstein..."
Oh man, how that man me laugh!!

Rest this weekend. I'll check in with you in a few days.

Countryfolk Keepsakes said...

Jeepers, I need to re-read my comments before I post them.
The second "man" should read "made."
:> )

Crafty Gal Linda said...

Glad it went well...but you already know that! Xoxo

Peri said...

I shared your column and comments with two friends who have spouses who are going to have cataract surgery and the opinions were, "That sounds SO easy! Why be worried at all?" and "Please thank Susan for me because now my wife will not be so worried!" So without even realizing it, you helped a whole group of us fraidy cats!! Nice to have a brave sister because I am the original "wuss"!! Take care and don't over do the exercising...and don't forget your "special cataract glasses"....

Countryfolk Keepsakes said...

Just checking in on you... ♥

Susan said...

I'm still kickin'. Still in that transition between old eye and new eye. Popped the lens out of my tri-focals, but that didn't really help. Had some drug store readers in the drawer that are going to have to hold me over until after the next surgery. When you are an artist, jewelry maker and internet surfer you rally miss the close up vision. All in good time. Staying positive, cause that's the way I roll.

Susan said...

Uhhhh, make that you "really" miss the close up vision. That sounded like Lovey from Gilligan's Island, didn't it? Rally, it did, Dahling.

Cami Hood said...

It was nice reading your story. You’re a tough woman, Susan! You even cracked a joke as you were about to undergo the surgery. Haha! That was great! Well, with the surgical procedure that you had, there's no need to be nervous because it was a safe, efficient, and easy procedure.

Cami Hood