Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Cataract surgery

I had my first eye "done" yesterday, and I woke up this morning able to see across the room, down the hall, and out the windows! Without glasses! It seems that my "new" eye dominates while walking about, and my "old" one takes over for reading and playing on my cell phone.

Here's how it went: to prep, I had to use antibiotic eye drops 4 times a day, and must continue for a week. Also, I'll have to use steroid eyedrops for a month. It was an outpatient procedure, and my husband had to be there to take me home. I'll probably be driving again by Wednesday. I was given a sedative to relax me but I stayed awake. Then several different eyedrops, some of which burned slightly. During the procedure, I saw bright lights and felt pressure but no pain. Then they told me I did well, and helped me get up and walk to the car. We went straight to breakfast - I was hungry! The effect of the sedative wore off gradually, and I was feeling better after eating. I had a slight headache, took Aleve and it disappeared. By afternoon, I could already see some improvement in my distance vision. The doctor put in a lens implant to correct my myopia. I've been wearing glasses since I was 4!

I'm really looking forward to having my second eye "done"!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

A good day on Facebook

Yesterday, I found two especially good articles in my Facebook news feed, links that friends have posted. One was very convicting for the Church, and for people who call themselves Christian - a pointed reminder to love people as Jesus loves them, without condemnation.

I Went to a Strip Club

and the other is a praise and a rejoice; a former scholarly atheist has come to faith in Christ! Luke 15:7, "7I tell you that even so there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance." (World English Bible, public domain)

Atheist Professor Becomes a Christian

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Cataract surgery ahead

Instead of "Thoughts of a Fancy Horse", this blog should be called "The Old Gray Mare, She Ain't What She Used To Be"! It seems to be one thing after another.

After a visit to the ophthalmologist, we learned that both of us are looking at cataract surgery in a few weeks or months. We'll have to plan it after husband's shoulder gets well enough for him to drive, and to schedule it so that we can take turns driving. From what I've heard, it's not a long, drawn-out procedure, usually. This doctor has a very good reputation in town, and we both liked him.

My pinkie finger on my right hand has been a little achy lately, and upon looking at it, I saw that it is slightly swollen and bent a little, compared to my other fingers. I suspect arthritis, the osteo kind, not rheumatoid. I haven't seen a doctor; it's not a major issue and isn't bothering me.

Husband sees the orthopedic surgeon later this week. He's hoping to get the sling off; he's really getting tired of it. I can understand.

My left shoulder, which has a partial tear, is not getting any worse, and I keep exercising it to keep it limber. So, that's the update for now.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Temporarily stalled

My husband had shoulder surgery two weeks ago, arthroscopic, outpatient. He fell in January and pretty much tore up his right shoulder, and he's right handed. He tore 3 out of 4 tendons completely, and the 4th one is barely hanging on. The surgeon did what he could, but said there is only a 50% chance that it will heal. He may need a shoulder replacement later. I don't know why he didn't just do the replacement then, but I didn't ask.
Anyway, husband is wearing a sling all the time, except when he is bathing, dressing, or exercising. He's not in much pain (taking strong painkillers for his back anyway.) We are both sleeping in the recliners in the den every night, him to keep his arm from moving in his sleep, and me to keep him company. I'm used to sleeping in the recliner anyway - I did it for several months after our car accident, and after both knee surgeries, and whenever I get a cold or cough, as it helps mitigate the effects of the congestion.

I haven't been going to the Y since his surgery. He can't cook, and he doesn't get up and moving early enough for me to cook his eggs and get there in time for class. I have been walking in the neighborhood and using my two-pound weight at home for arm exercises.
He's very bored, tired of doing nothing, and frustrated about all that needs to be done this time of year. I called a neighbor for the name of her yard workers.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Back at the Y again

I started again last week, and have been every day this week. I can tell a difference, too. I have lost a few pounds; my clothes are a little looser, and I feel a little fitter!