I never thought I could look this good


When you get funny-looking goggles to wear while you sleep you just have to take a picture in them, no?


Oh. I thought everyone did that.

As I commented on my previous post, the surgery on Friday went well. I’m not a nervous nelly about medical things, but I admit my blood pressure was a little elevated going into this until the nice lady at the surgery center gave me a Xanax to mellow out. (This is standard; it wasn’t just for me!) The procedure itself seemed to be about 10 minutes in total between the vision correction and having temporary plugs inserted into my tear ducts to help prevent dryness. As for the fixating light, I honestly don’t know how you couldn’t stare at it — or “through” it as they instructed — because your eyelids are propped and taped open and there’s really nowhere else to look. And you are afraid to move and don’t want to screw it up — at least I didn’t, although the doc told me if I screwed up the laser would track along with my eye and shut off if necessary. Nothing really bothered me too much — not having my eyeball marked with a Sharpie (it wasn’t actually a Sharpie, but he used a presumably sterile marker to mark my right eye after my eye was numbed), and not even the smell of the laser doing its work, which one of my coworkers had warned me about. No biggie. Whatev. Laser away! My problem was remembering not to hold my breath.

The good news is that my vision was 20/20 the morning after the surgery — and still is as far as I can tell (or should I say as far as I can see??) Yay! It’s strange to wake up and see everything clearly; I can’t imagine how startling the contrast would be if my vision had been worse off to begin with. My recovery has been as expected: minimal discomfort in the first 24 hours (but so, so minor compared to other things — like, say, having a baby…now that hurts), tired eyes, some dryness, a little bruising/redness that is already fading, and lots of eye drops to take. Last night I even felt up to taking the kids out to dinner nearby. The headlights and streetlights seemed a bit brighter and bigger — the halo effect — but not that much more than when I wore my glasses or contacts at night. My biggest challenge has been figuring out how to sleep comfortably with those stupid goggles on, but fortunately I only have to wear them through the weekend.

I took this week off from work, partly to rest and relax my eyes after the surgery (minus blog updates and compulsive stat checking), and partly because I need some vaca time, which I ended up switching around from the holidays due to my grandmother’s funeral. So that’s the scoop. Now I must get ready for my photo shoot for…Aviators Weekly? Goggle Glamour? Sleep Geek Nightly?

Until next time…


17 thoughts on “I never thought I could look this good

  1. Lani says:

    All the better to see you with my Dear! A whole week off, NICE! Last time I took a whole week off was three years ago when I took the kids to Hawaii. Before that…I can’t remember.

  2. Those are some stylish goggles. And after they’ve served their intended purpose you can keep them around for protection during … well, I don’t know. They don’t look sturdy enough for kick-boxing. Pillow fights?

  3. Hooray for successful surgery!

    Does this mean you never have to wear glasses again? Must be a relief! I have had two pairs of glasses; one I broke, the other I lost. So now I just squint…I can’t stand feeling the glasses on my face either, so no big loss :).

  4. I don’t know, Susan. I’m kind of partial to the goggles. I say post that exact picture on one of your online dating sites to see what kind of traffic you get. πŸ˜›

  5. Lani: Yep, a week off is good. I didn’t really know what to do with myself today, so I ran a few errands and rented some of the first season of Lost. There is no way in a plane-wrecked-island I’d ever be able to catch up before Season 4 starts on the 30th — I started watching it last season — but I figured I could get the gist of some of the backstory from the first few episodes. Then again, it’s Lost.

    I plan to work on my query letter and synopsis the rest of this week (no rest for the writing weary, can’t just write the BOOK, you know!)and veg out.

    Cindy: The kids are itching to wear the goggles. They may end up in one of their Halloween costumes or school photos next year. Also, the white strips are foam pads, so maybe I can wear them when I beat my head against the wall for extra protection whenever I’m frustrated?

    Tonya: Dahling, sank you so verrrrry much.

    Lauren: I will need reading glasses like the rest of us at some point. Lasik doesn’t prevent aging of the eyes, blah, blah, blah. But if I can get a few years with no glasses, terrific! And if my eyes age faster than I think they will, well, at least those are just for reading and I wouldn’t need them all the time.

    Mike: No, they don’t light up 😦 You’re dating yourself with the Tron comment. πŸ™‚

    Lulu: I’m officially offline now, but I certainly would be interested to see who would respond to this photo. It kind of makes me shudder when I look at it — for reasons beyond the goggles. Then again, while I had a good number of views, the results to my other photos have ended up to pretty much nil, so who knows? (I’ll write an update on the online dating topic in the next few days.) Oh, and I know the Sharpie-smell comments were kinda cruel. I’m just SAYING, that’s all. But I SWEAR if you have it done — with topical anesthesia first, of course — you don’t feel a thing and if you’re sedated on top of that, the doctor and nurse could be dancing the cha-cha beside you and you really won’t mind. So far, I’d say the end result is worth it!

    Bob: I’m honored to be in the same goggle-camp as Kareem. I can bring them to the next Blogfest and you, too, can take your picture and post it for the world to see! (Something tells me you’re smarter than that.)

  6. You’d have to sedate the heck out of me to get me to go through that, especially after the Sharpie comment. *shudder*. What is the purpose of those goggles, stylish though they are?

    Glad everything went well! It must be completely awesome to have great vision.

  7. Madame: I’m under strict orders not to rub my eyes, so the goggles are to prevent me from smooshing my face in the pillow while asleep, or from me inadvertently rubbing my eyes. Personally, I hate them. I haven’t been able to sleep well with them on so far, but I think I only have to wear them for one week. I hope so!

  8. I’m so jealous, Susan. 20/20 vision is a dream! So far I’ve been too much of a coward to go for laser surgery (although my husband thinks it’s a good idea), but I’m getting to the point where I can only wear my contacts for a few hours at a time.

    As for the goggles, can you sleep on your back? I’m so vain I taught myself to do it years ago (after smashing my right eyelid against the pillow, permanently wrinkling it, during a period of fitful sleep following the birth of my second daughter).

    Please keep us posted on your progress!

  9. curt says:

    susan, your story is an inspiration. one of these days, when I have enough coins in my piggy bank, I’ll finally make the leap.

    as for those goggles — the next time I have some welding to do in the house, I’m coming to grab ’em.

  10. Terry: I’ve tried sleeping on my back and it takes a looonnnngggg time for me to get comfortable, during which I become more and more agitated that I can’t get comfortable. I started out a stomach sleeper, switched to my side in college. I’m surprised my face isn’t one big wrinkle by now! Don’t think I haven’t thought about this as the perfect time to retrain myself to sleep on my back for that very vain reason — but so far it isn’t working out well.

    Curt: Ah, the piggy bank. Where there’s a no interest payment plan, there’s a way…at least that’s what they say πŸ˜‰

  11. You do look marvelous! Ah, waking up and being able to see everything. I haven’t done that since the last time I passed out with my contacts in…now that’s scarier than sharpies. Congrats. I hear the halo effect diminishes quickly. One time KD had pink eye and he was seeing halos. He called them angels…

  12. Geez – I have been out of it. Congrats on the surgery; I’m glad it went well! As someone who’s pathetically dependent on contacts, I’ve been thinking for a long time about the surgery, but then I saw them do it on tv and found it to be a little too much for me to take. ugh.
    Glad for you, though!

  13. Heather and Beta Mom: Thanks for the congrats. Heather: the halo effect is already going away. Too bad I didn’t get to enjoy them more when I contracted viral pink-eye throughout my pregnancy with T-Rex — that would have made the 6 or 7 bouts of it much more interesting! Beta Mom: well, the good news is that they do not have mirrors on the ceiling in the surgery room, and the video they showed me ahead of time didn’t diagram what would be happening…which is probably a good thing, as you say!

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