I brought back my post-surgical pirate pretender patch today. It wasn't just to play dress up ... I actually used it.
You see ... I had my first cataract surgery today. Yes I am now officially old as dirt. Cataracts. Can you believe that?
Well ... the world famous St. Luke's with the equally world famous Dr. James Gills (III) ... known as Pit ... was my destination.
Today, I was to get my left eye worked on. They do them one at a time ... I wondered if it was in case it doesn't work the other eye is saved, but they say it's so that you have mobility while the first one heals.
I'll go with that.
So at 10:40 AM we checked in (poor Debbie chauffeured me again to yet another medical/surgical
What an incredible process ... choreographed and orchestrated like a major production. Pre-op visit a couple of weeks ago was equally impressively organized.
My first stop today was with a primary care physician who did a physical, explained the process ahead and literally escorted me to the next stop. A short ride on the elevator brought us to surgery check in where were were given more materials, promised a gift certificate for the dining room and escorted to another waiting room.
Back to the waiting room when my name was called and I was escorted to the business office where they collected what was not covered by insurance.
Next stop was surgery. Another series of numbing drops, IV stick, a dose of happy juice and before you knew it (an hour and a half later) I was in the operating suite with Dr. Gill.
More happy juice ... and the actual process of removing the cataract and replacing it with a brand new lens that would give me better vision than I ever had in my life began!
It took 5 minutes.
I say that because I DID remember and I DID stay awake during the procedure. Kinda freaked me out but there was no pain and no discomfort ... really easy.
I can't use the left eye for 24 hours (that's why I'm temporarily using my patch).
On Friday I get the right eye done ... then I will never use my glasses again!
Oh ... maybe a pair of Fred Sanford cheaters for close up work but I'm ready!!
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