Wednesday, April 11, 2007

I can see clearly now...


I just got back from my final round of lab work, form-signing and other hideous activities that had to be completed before eye surgery.

Monday morning at 6.00 AM, the doctor will be cutting my eyeball open and doing what he needs to do to restore my sight. There's some gnarly stuff he needs to repair on the cornea as well as replacing the lens.

You have no idea what a blessing it will be to have clear vision. It won't be perfect. I'll still need glasses but having a new lens will make all the difference. It will cut out the glare, the double-vision, the stumbling, the falling and all other associated symptoms of a dense cataract.

Because mine is so severe, the surgery will be a bit more complicated and the doctor figures I will be in surgery for two hours. It's the full hospital operating room, heart monitor, anaesthesia and everything else involved. The only disappointment is that I won't be able to go to a surgery center where the in and out process is much faster.

My critical recovery time will be a day or two. I will not have to remain in the hospital but I will only have to be closely monitored for two days. The rest of the time will be a breeze. No lifting. No bending over. Beyond that, I can do anything I like.

All in all, pretty good news at this end.



Peace,


~Chani


25 comments:

Sevenwinds said...

Prayers and best of wishes for a very successful outcome to your operation. Take care, rest, and give us all an update when you can.

Sevenwinds

Lee said...

Oh my goodness...best wishes for an easy recovery and fantastic results!

Suzy said...

Wow. I am holding you in the light. Sending you some virtual chicken soup too.

caro said...

You'll be in my thoughts and in my prayers.

ThomasLB said...

I remember when my great-grandmother had cataract surgery in the 70s. It was a lot more complicated then. Sometimes she would just sit there with a huge grin on her face, just from the joy of looking at things.

Best wishes for an easy surgery and a quick recuperation!

thethinker said...

Good luck with the surgery and recovery!

deb said...

good luck

Sober Briquette said...

Chani,
I hope everything goes without a hitch and you have the best nurses during your stay in the hospital.

Thinking of you,
De

MsLittlePea said...

I hope everything goes well. I'll be thinking about you. We all will!



BTW-I just got caught up with your last two posts and the outsource outrage really really hit home. We're going through something similar. My husband is still young so it's not so bad for us but this has happenned several times over the past 5 years and it's been rough moving and moving and moving. Now with my bad health.... We're just hoping for the best...that's all we can do.

Joan said...

I hope your surgery goes well, your recovery is quick and the outcome is all that you hope it will be. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers.

Mary said...

Chani,

You will be relieved and the surgery will go well. The advances in eye surgery now are incredibly impressive! My husband had a lens implant and cataracts removed very successfully ten years ago and I'm sure the techniques have been improved greatly!

I wish you well. Keep us posted, please.

liv said...

Good luck, sweetie! I'll be thinking about you! xoxo

QT said...

Chani - I will be thinking about you and wishing you the best!

jen said...

probably no blogging for a couple days too, yes?

I am so happy you are getting this done and will be one step closer to thailand...(as I am going to assume all these sorts of things will need to be wrapped up first as best as you can)

it's your freedom calling. i'll be thinking of you Monday (but then again, I think of you every day)

crazymumma said...

you are going to be just fine.

thinking on you...

Anvilcloud said...

I'm sure it will be well worth it.

Pam said...

Ah, lovely vision. I am so very happy for you! Good luck and keep us posted.

The Atavist said...

best wishes on your surgery, Chani. My thoughts are with you.

Susanne said...

Best wishes from me too. I hope everything goes well and fast and that afterwards you'll be able to see clearly again.

super des said...

Ooh! I could barely read this post (I'm squeamish like that). It sounds as if everything should go well, and I hope it does. Good luck with your new vision!

ps - I'm linking to you. We run in a lot of the same circles, so it's only natural.
:)

Bob said...

Sending positive vibes your way.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

The very best of luck with your surgery, Chani. I'm just catching up after a day away, and feel that I've missed so much.

I'm glad you're having this done. It will make a huge difference in your life, and when you get back to Thailand, you will be able to see everything you love so much more clearly.

Godspeed.

meno said...

I will be thinking of you on Monday. I wish you all the best and please take good care of yourself.

flutter said...

You will be at the very front of my brain.

Gobody said...

I know that this is a late message, but I hope that everything went fine with you.