A heartfelt thank you to all veterans who have served to keep us safe…
I have a lot of military relatives and without getting all political, I must admit I’m very, very proud of them all!
My father-in-law was in the Navy as was one of my uncles. To them and all veterans today and always, thank you for your service!
Do you remember me telling you I had cataract surgery several weeks ago? Well, I was able to repay oldest for all his chauffeur duties with my doctor visits by driving him Friday for a LASIK consultation. And, surprisingly, surgery the same day as they had an opening and offered him a discount if he could take the appointment within a week.
We went to lunch then back for his surgery — surgery that took 18 seconds per eye. Yes, that’s right, 36 seconds to perfect vision! He left wearing the goggles and sunglasses but was able to drive the very next day. His recheck on Saturday was perfect and he’s one happy camper already!
I know I’ve talked about my youngest son before in some detail but not too much lately. He was only 31 when his dad passed away last year and he is also special needs.
Dave works out with a trainer at the park district three times a week, but he’s needing more to occupy his time. He started a therapeutic riding program a few weeks ago and loved it from the start. He has rarely been as excited about anything before (unless it involved a Chicago sports team😉). I really wasn’t sure when he got up close if he’d get on the horse, but he did and he’s never looked back!
The first night they used a western saddle, then an English saddle to challenge him more and the third week he rode with just a blanket. His horse’s name is Dakota and Dave told me he couldn’t believe how warm the horse was. He’s fed him carrots and apples even though he was a little leery of Dakota’s teeth!
Equine therapy helps with core strength and is a wonderful gait training exercise. It also involves lots of bending and reaching on horseback which helps with flexibility and balance.
Most importantly is a developing relationship with Dakota in an activity that is youngest’s alone, as no one else in the family rides. It may even evolve into a volunteer position down the road. So excited about the possibilities!
Here’s me after first cataract surgery wearing my pirate shield at night for three nights to protect my eye. Day following surgery I tested 20/30 in right eye and it may even improve so I’m already thrilled!
Surgery was simple, longest part was nurses sloshing drops in my eye beforehand for more than an hour. Oral sedation only, so it’s just relaxing. Was worried I’d see a scalpel coming towards my eye, but all I saw were blue, purple and white lights.
I can see fairly well for everything already but second eye will be done on September 6. Right lens corrects for distance and astigmatism, called a Toric lens. Left lens will correct for reading and will also be a Toric, so hopefully I will no longer need glasses.
I will, however, need tons of makeup as you can tell from my makeup free picture above. I’m frightening myself ever time I look in the mirror! It was easier to ignore the imperfections when I couldn’t see as well, lol!
Going without mascara for a month or so is one of the most difficult parts of this whole process, but I’m too afraid to take a chance on ruining things so I’m making myself wait 😞
I’m apparently falling apart physically, bit by bit. To go one year without some sort of medical procedure is still a pipe dream for me!
Within the last five years I went from hearing my eye doctor say you have the start of cataracts, let’s keep an eye on them, to I have good news and bad news — Your vision has gotten so much worse, but it’s only because you have cataracts! Yes, he’s a very funny, cheerful guy.
I suggested they might be genetic because my sister, mom and dad all had cataract surgery and he said, sure, let’s go with that😂. The other possibility is that I’m simply getting closer to that magic age, so, yay!
But the final straw came a few weeks ago when I slipped on dark wood stairs at my friends’ house and realized when I looked down I just didn’t see the stair. I’m still getting over the aches and pains from that mishap…
So, as a public service before I hurt myself again or injure someone else, I’m having the surgery this Friday on my right eye and in two weeks on my left. If I’m absent for a bit again, that’s all it is and I’ll be back soon, new and improved once again!
This morning I’m off to have some test for astigmatism to see if they can use Toric implants to correct it. Wish me luck!