Okay - The only thing I can say about the surgery is OH MY GOD! It is pretty darn close to miracle status, in my humble opinion.
Surgery time was 8:00am, with scheduled arrival at 7:45am. The worst thing about it was not being able to have anything to eat or drink 6 hours prior to the surgery. What, no morning coffee? What's a Seattle girl to do? The sip of water with the pre-op Valium was not cutting it.
I met the surgical nurse and the anesthesiologist. Everyone asks the standard questions - name, date of birth, why are you here, which eye are we doing today. All my questions were answered, and I was assured if I felt a coughing spell coming on, just to let them know and it would be fine. The IV was inserted and I was given a little something more to help me relax. The rest of it happened very quickly. I saw some colored lights. I could hear talking around me, but I really wasn't paying much attention. The next thing I knew, they were walking me out to the waiting room, and giving me coffee! My day was looking better already (pun intended).
Just when I was ready for my second cup of coffee, the nurse stopped by to go over post op instructions, and before I knew it, we were headed for the car.
My surgical eye was still dilated, and I did not have a contact lens in my non-surgical eye, so I expected things to be quite blurry. I have a strong tendency to motion sickness, so I was keeping my eyes closed. A few miles down the road, I decided just to open my eyes to see what I could see. It really is hard to describe. I was able to read signs on the freeway, and on moving trucks, etc., without glasses or contacts for the first time since I was 8 years old. My husband said I was like a kid with a new toy. I was reading signs right and left, totally thrilled already, knowing that my vision would improve even more over the next few days.
I spent the rest of the day at home, just taking it easy. I did put my contact in my non-surgical eye so I could watch TV and read. I had no pain, and no itching. Dealing with the variety of drops I had to use was kind of a pain in the ass, but more on that in an upcoming posting.
At my follow up visit the next day, my vision was measured at 20/25. I am so happy with the results so far. So glad my sister-in-law, my daughter's father-in-law's wife, and a number of friends encouraged me to have this surgery.
It has been 2 weeks since that surgery, and my vision is amazing. Tomorrow I have the other eye done, and I can hardly wait!