Ahoy, me hearties!
Fer all ye land lubbers’ information, I went under t’ cat o’ nine tails n’ got me poxed port side eye fixed. Me cap’n, Dr. K, n’ her crew did a great job n’ now aft me surgery, me eye can clearly see sails on t’ horizon. Arrrr. Shiver me timbers ~ blimey! ‘Tis a bootyful world! Thursday morn I awoke n’ ate me grub, fer i couldn’t eat fer 6 bells ‘fore me surgery at 1 bell aft noon. I arrived at t’ surgery center n’ was given a bag o’ loot, includin’ a new spyglass fer blocking out t’ sun, a new hat that was not me typical tricorne, n’ some medications t’ prevent inf*ctions from plunderin’ me eye. Me newest matey, Dr. G3, poked me arm n’ gave me some rum made me feel funny. I caught me some winks while me bilge-suckin’ cataract walked t’ plank t’ Davy Jones Locker n’ I got me a new lens. Next thing I knew, I was bein’ swabbed, then they put me Jolly Roger sticker i drew fer t’ occasion over thar borin’ eye patch. I wanted t’ celebrate National Scurvy Prevention Day t’ followin’ day, May the 2nd: National Scurvy Prevention Day I told me mateys godspeed n’ fair winds n’ I’ll return back thar fer me starboard side soon! Me pirate name is Cap’n Helga Firecrotch. Get yarrs here: Pirate Names
Yes, my first cataract surgery went very, very well! The vision in my left eye is staggeringly astounding. High def. Vivid colors. Sharp focus.
No fog. No double vision. No hyper light sensitivity. No blur. No graininess. No glare. No halos. No darkness. And it will just keep getting better as the new lens settles in. I wake up in the morning and can’t believe what I see! I haven’t been able to drive for the past 2 months, but I’m hitting the road today to conquer a long list of errands that are way overdue. It was a little sore and red the first couple of days, but it’s improving quickly. I have a shiner from the shot of anesthesia that went in my eye, in the crevice right under my orb ~ I know, kinda sketchy, but kinda cool to have a shot in the eye! Can’t you just hear little Kevin on the playground saying, “I got a shot in my eye,” and the other kids saying, “Liar! You can’t get a shot IN your eye!” I absolutely adore Dr. K! She is brilliant and makes me feel very confident with my vision plan, and at the same time is incredibly sweet and gentle. My anesthesiologist for this surgery, Dr. G3, was terrific, too! He held my hand to keep me relaxed throughout the procedure and he was fun, not at all making me feel like I was a freak wench for playing pirate games. The only annoying thing is that my vision does a bouncing/flickering thing intermittently when I move my eye up and down or side to side. I asked Dr. K about this at my follow-up the next day, and she said it is common and is caused by my new implanted lens trying to settle into the space my diseased lens occupied, which was larger. The new lens will vibrate in there until the tissue surrounding it grows in to hold it, like shrink wrap 🙂 Post op requires 9 drops a day, following a tight schedule, for a month. I’m looking into leasing some industrial space to accommodate my ever-expanding pharmaceutical stockpile. The irony is that my previous high doses of Prednisone (Vitamin P), (which I first took to try to stabilize my blood counts and avoid a transplant, then took again when my Graft vs. Host Disease was attacking my mouth, eyes and skin), caused my cataracts, and it’s Prednisone that I am now back on to get my ocular Graft vs. Host to calm down enough to allow my cataract surgeries! This miracle procedure is absolutely phenomenal and without it, my sight would have just continued to decline until I went blind. Here is more about it: Cataract Surgery
I just love the staff at Harvard Eye Associates! They don’t mind me f-ing around during my appointments 🙂
Thanks to my new ability to see, I no longer brush my teeth with Cortizone 🙂
I have been able to get out and do stuff a bit more recently…
Todd and I went to Mexico with my family, where I did a little stand up paddling and snorkeling, after a 2 year absence from the ocean. Felt great!
We also spent a heavenly weekend in Palm Springs at Bruce and Mary’s awesome pad. We went on a beautiful 2 hour hike to Seven Sisters Waterfall with them and Bill and Kathleen. It was so nice to get some exercise and fresh air, and I only ate sh*t once, due to my poor vision missing the branch that tripped me and dirtied up my Lulu Lemons 🙂
During my last appointment visit with Dr. Fantastic, Todd and I walked around City of Hope’s beautiful grounds…
I recently celebrated my 500th day post-transplant!