The cataract surgery is done and my left eye has recently been freed from the tape that bound it closed. Although the vision is a bit blurry and slant-y (both conditions to be expected, according to the literature), I have every reason to be hopeful.
Experiencing a little bit of discomfort, so I took a Kirkland ibuprofen and we’ll see how it goes. Overall, the experience was much easier than I’d feared.
No doubt that’s due to the kindness of the staff and the skill of the doctor. However, I think that a nice glug of orally administered Versed might also have had something to do with that.
It left me not just relaxed but also somewhat loopy, to the point when the nice woman took a long, curved needle and started slowly injecting anesthetic into my eyeball my reaction was, “Sure, fine, whatever.”
Did I mention I’m mortally afraid of needles? And of anything possibly touching my eyeball? That stuff works, man. Versed would be the opiate of the masses if the masses were able to get hold of it.
Weirdly, the operation was recorded and a souvenir DVD put into my hands as I left. Not sure there’s enough Versed in the universe to get me to watch an artificial lens being spring-loaded into my eye.
Since I can’t see too clearly right now I’m going to make this a short-short post. I just wanted to check in and say “thanks” to all those who left comments/sent e-mails hoping that the surgery would be easy.
After the procedure DF drove me over to Costco, where I had the left lens removed from my current specs. (I can’t get new ones until I find out whether my right eye will also undergo cataract surgery.) He also topped off the gas tank at $2.52 a gallon. (How much are you guys paying?)
Then we went hog-wild at a supermarket for bacon for the freezer ($3 a pound) and eggs (98 cents a dozen, an unheard-of price here).
The last stop was McDonald’s, where I got six McNuggets, fries and a soft drink for the equivalent of $3.87 because I paid with a discounted gift card. Sometimes I just want Mickey D’s fries, you know?
Which is my frugal tip for the day: If you, too, crave McDonald’s, order a Mighty Kids Meal. You also get a toy, which I haven’t looked at closely but which looks like an oversized Conversation Heart. DF, who read the wrapper, claims that it contains lip gloss. Ooooo-kay.
Fun fact: At least some McDonald’s restaurants will give you extra French fries if you don’t want the GoGurt. Guess which option I chose?