Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I can see clearly now, Part Three.

I was as ready as I could be. I had filled the prescriptions I needed - antibiotic drops, Prednisone drops, sterile artificial tears, and a small amount of Vicodan.

Also, The Charming Man had arranged to work remotely. If you are going to get LASIK, you cannot drive yourself after the surgery. You might want someone to drive you for the next couple days after, too.

The day arrived! I was both thrilled and terrified by the unknown.The appointment itself was for two hours. The major part of it was taken with careful measuring and more eye tests - double and even triple checking the changes in my eyes.

My regular optometrist and I had decided on the monovision option - where one eye is corrected for distance  vision, and the other is corrected for close work. (Note for the ages: I love my monovision. I no longer need reading glasses!) If you chose this, be sure to tell your eye doctor to tell the surgeon what distance you want the correction to be at. I learned that several doctors forget to add this important information to the files.

After the tests, they gave me two tablets of Valium and took TCM and I to a relaxation room to let the sedative kick in.

I immediately fell asleep. :) When the nurse came in twenty minutes later, I could barely be bothered to get off the sofa.

Which means the actual surgery is a bit fuzzy in my memory. I have to say it was cool as hell, though.

Dr. Teplick was a complete rock star. The entire surgery took less than five minutes and he talked me through the entire thing. I felt completely comfortable and safe.

They taped my eyelashes down so I couldn't blink and applied a little suction to my eyeballs to make sure they were nice and prominent. This actually felt pretty cool. I thought I would hate it, but it was not a problem at all. The laser machine then flipped into place above me. My right eye got corrected first.

I saw some blinking red lights above me, then a steady red light. This was the laser cutting and reshaping the cornea. They repeated the pretty light show on my left eye, then. The Charming Man even got to watch the whole thing in a special viewing room. Awesome-sauce, indeed!

My eyesight was a little blurry from all the drops, but I could tell my vision was different. Then Dr. Teplik gave me some really cook Kareem Abdul Jabbar goggles to protect my eyes.
I had to wear them for the first twenty-four hours, then sleep in them for a week afterwards.  And they work great if I have to work with dusty things, too!

The Charming Man then gently led me to the car and took me home.

My next post will be about the after care and how I've been adapting since.

Friday, May 27, 2011

I can see clearly now, Part Two..

After I determined I wasn't going to deal with near sightedness anymore, I took the first steps to making it happen.

First, I had to talk to my optometrist. I had heard it couldn't correct astigmatism or other common defects. (True fact - it actually can fix most astigmatisms). When I went in for my usual appointment, I asked her to check my eyes for my suitability.

I was a go! Right there, I made an appointment with a surgeon, Dr. Teplik of Teplic Surgery. I am happy to report that Dr. T was in no way, shape, or form a money-grubbing knife jockey. Whew!

My consult included a number of extremely thorough eye exams, including a map of my eyes that showed the shape of my eyeballs and corneas. Dr. Teplik told me what surgery would entail - cutting open the cornea with a laser (no knives, therefore much cleaner healing). Also, no one had ever gone blind from LASIK. That was a huge relief!

Since I had worn hard and gas permeable lenses for so long, I had to wear my glasses for about five weeks for my eyes to relax back into a natural shape. If you wear soft lenses, this time period is much shorter.  This was the only part of the procedure that I didn't like. I felt fatigued all the time, and as my eyes adjusted, I would develop dreadful headaches. I spent a lot of time napping and grumbling.

A week before the surgery was scheduled, I had another checkup with Dr. Teplik and his super-awesome staff. More eye tests and mapping to determine if my corneas had stabilized enough.

They had! I could have surgery on my scheduled day.

Next time - surgery itself.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

I can see clearly now, Part One.

I know this looks like a seductive gaze, but mostly I just couldn't see what was going on.

I've been asked to tell the story of my LASIK surgery. Here's the first part.

Ever since vision correction surgery became possible, I said I would never, never, ever do such a thing. I was happy with the correction that my contacts gave me and I didn't want some money grubbing knife jockey mucking about in my delicate eyes.

This was not some frivolous statement. I started wearing glasses around 1973 (second grade, if you must know) and got hard contacts in 1982. I *meant* it when I said, "No damn way in hell."

My Call to Adventure (remember that? It's the stimulus that takes a hero on her journey) was the oddest thought I'd ever had. I was washing my feet in the shower and I realized that I had no memory of ever seeing my feet in clear focus.

I knew I had to have seen my feet clearly at some point in my life. I was much shorter at one point, and my eyes had slowly degraded over the years. I had to have memories of what my feet looked like.

You know what pissed me off? That when women can't see their feet, they usually get a baby out of the deal. I was just freaking near sighted!

I wasn't about to live with this any longer. I didn't want to squint my life away. I didn't want to spend my days worrying about my contacts popping out.


I decided that I would investigate if I were a good candidate for eye surgery.

Monday, May 23, 2011

The joy of going to the library

I love checking books out from the library because that means I can test ride books that I otherwise would feel ambivalent about buying.
Thorn Queen (Dark Swan, Book 2)

I picked up Thorn Queen by Richelle Mead, Book Two in the Dark Swan series.

I hadn't read any of her other books and picked up this one by chance. It's a good urban fantasy, complete with a love triangle, a morally compromised heroine torn between two legacies, betrayal, and some truly disturbing rape scenes.

I have mixed feelings about this book. It is very well written - fast-paced, complicated, great world building . She did a great job of telling me what happened in Book One so that I didn't feel left behind. The sex was hot, the men fascinating, the plot was twisty and dangerous.

I was highly disappointed by the climax, though.  Spoilers ahead, so stop reading here if you don't like that.

In Act Three, the heroine has been drugged, kidnapped, is held captive, and is repeatedly raped. (This is a very triggery section if you've dealt with rape or other kinds of sexual abuse). She rescues herself and the other captives (Yay!). The cavalry comes in the form of the two men vying for her affection and her step-father.

The rules in this world guarantee that the rapist cannot be brought to justice.  The men prevent her from killing her tormentor and argue between themselves about killing the criminal. Finally, one of her suitors shakes off the other men and kills the rapist.

This really annoyed me. Twenty five hundred years ago, Euripides wrote the play Medea.
Medea (Dover Thrift Editions)
Medea took her own revenge on her ex-husband Jason by murdering the woman he left her for, the girl's father, and the two children that she and Jason had together.This story is an unflinching look at women's capacity for finding her own justice.

The heroine in Thorn Queen had killed before. She was no innocent to be ruined by the shedding of blood. It would have been perfectly in character for her to engage in this final deed. I would have been fascinated to see the consequences of this act on her already compromised soul.

Why did the author shy away from letting the heroine decide the consequences  for the crimes committed to her own body? Why did a man have to act as her surrogate? Why did the men not understand her anger and hurt? What would be the price of becoming a Dark Queen?

These questions left me disappointed. I feel this was an amazing book that got frightened at the end. I look forward to seeing where Richelle Mead takes her books in the future.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Give-away!

Free, to the first commenter!

This one is called "On Fire"

Monday, May 16, 2011

Victory!

Armed with merely a pair of tweezers and a lighted make up mirror, I defeated the Leonid Brezhnev Memorial Uni-brow appearing on my face.

Hooray!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Do you know what movies today need?

More fencing, and by people who know how, filmed by directors bold enough to let the action speak for itself. No more rapid edits and shaky camera - let us see that you trust in your actors!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly....

Writers gotta read. It's true! If you aren't reading, your writing will suffer. I once heard that a writer should read two words for every one written. I'm a greedy girl, so I go for four or five words for every one.

I've had the honor and privilege of meeting Jessa Slade on several occasions. She is intelligent, witty, and an incredible author.  I'm kicking myself for not buying her books the minute they came out, but I was able to buy her first three books and gobble them up. Now I'm stuck waiting on the fourth book. Damn! I hate to wait.

Vowed in Shadows: A Novel of the Marked SoulsSeduced By Shadows: A Novel of the Marked SoulsVowed in Shadows: A Novel of the Marked Souls


My review:

I LOVED these books. They are complicated, thought-provoking reads with excellent historical and theological research. The high stakes plot made sure I was never bored - I read all three of them in a day and a half.

Her characters have real strengths and weaknesses, the conflicts between the heroes and heroines show how love demands the best of us, and the sex! Damn, Jessa! Hot stuff all the way around.

I cannot recommend these books highly enough. Even though they are romance, they have massive crossover appeal. Sci-fi/fantasy readers and even the most macho of men would love these action packed, intelligent books.

Go! Read! Enjoy! Life is too short not to read this amazing author.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

I can see!

The surgery was a success! I'm still recovering, so I can't use the computer or write on paper for very long, but I am able to get work done in ten minute increments.

For someone who just got lasers in her eyeballs, I feel pretty darn good. :)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

AFK for a good reason...

as opposed to just not working on my blog. :)

Today I go in for LASIK corrective eye surgery. I'm not allowed to do any heavy visual lifting for at least a day, maybe two.

That means no movies, no computer, and NO READING!! I don't remember ever going a day without reading since I learned how.

I wonder if I'll get withdrawal symptoms....

Monday, May 2, 2011

FANGIRL SQUEE!

http://susiebright.blogs.com/I have a workshop with Susie Bright tonight!

*turning handsprings*