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Eyes healing well

I still feel really sick, terrible headache and nausea all day, but my eyes are doing great. I can see really well & have absolutely no disorientation from the monovision. I need to buy some temporary reading glasses that work with this unexpected new lens in my right eye, since the ones I bought last week are now too strong, but I'll be able to get precisely perfect prescription reading glasses once my post-surgery vision stabilizes in a few weeks.

The surgeon told me that I may end up wanting different reading glasses (or a mounted magnifier) just for my really detailed art projects, so maybe these will work for that.

Anyway, I feel very sick & haven't slept much lately, so I'm going to do my darnedest to go to bed early.


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I'm still feeling pretty crappy, but at least my brain is working better now & I don't feel quite so much like I was vigorously mugged by my surgeon and her mask-wearing accomplices while I was a patient etherized upon a table.

My stomach is still very upset, which I'm blaming on the anesthesiologist. I've tried candied ginger, I've tried my prescription anti-nausea medication, I've even tried ginger tea, which almost always helps, at least while I'm drinking it if not long afterward, but nothing has affected the nausea much at all. It's been continuously miserable for several hours.

Also, in the 8 hours after I got home from surgery, I took four Tylenol #4 tablets, which is pretty much the max & is twice as much as I've been taking lately for an entire day. At first, it was for body aches as well as headache, but for the past few hours it's been mostly just the headache, which has been pretty bad. I blame that on the anesthesiologist, too.

I still have a colander on my right eye, of course, but I've noticed that—if I line things up so that I'm looking through one of the colander holes—I'm able to read text that is less then an arm's length away (though still not stuff that's really close, which is exactly what I had hoped for). It could be partially due to the pinhole effect, but I'll find out tomorrow for sure. In fact, I'm pretty excited for tomorrow, because it'll give me a lot of data not only about how well that right eye works for reading now, but also how well I do with two eyes with different focal points.

Thus far, things I have noticed that I can read "well enough for government work" (as my mom says):
  • a Band-Aid box
  • the washing machine dials
  • my computer screen
Hurray! We'll see what things are like when my pinholes are taken away tomorrow afternoon, but I have high hopes.

Shannon and I have very tentative plans for a cataract-free celebratory bike ride on Sunday, and I'm really hoping we'll be able to make it happen! We'll see how the eyes are doing once I have two of them fully in action and cooperating. It'll be good to have a couple days testing out the whole monovision walking thing before I attempt balancing on a bike.

(Side Note: It drives me crazy that Apple's Dictation application doesn't seem to use contractions. I end up going through my journal entries and fixing all of them, or it doesn't sound like me at all.)

The nurse who took care of me after the surgery insisted that it's okay for me to sleep on my left side now, one week after the surgery on the left eye, though I repeatedly insisted—in my turn—that my surgeon had told me to try really hard not to do so when I saw her yesterday for my second Surgery #1 post-op appointment. This nurse insisted that I must have misunderstood Dr. Lim & she must have been talking about me sleeping on my right side following this surgery, rather than expecting me to sleep only on my back. Luckily, I see Dr. Lim tomorrow for my first Surgery #2 post-op appointment, so I can clarify with her then. In the meantime, I'm letting myself sleep on my left side some of the time (after all, I've been told it's okay, even if it was by someone I don't necessarily trust, and it means I get a lot more/better sleep), but I'll still try to be mostly on my back tonight until I get a chance to talk to my surgeon (who I do trust).

Okay, time to start winding down for bed. My headaches may be immune to sleep, but my nausea rarely survives it.
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Art and Eyes

Tuesday's Total Tylenol+Codeine Usage
2 1/2 Tylenol #4 tablets

Today in the art room, we all got to talking about the upcoming swanky charity event to raise money for Bonita House, the larger non-profit organization of which CWC is a part. (The organization also runs some housing for people with disabilities & runs some other mental health-oriented programs.) This is an annual event to raise money for the organization.

A couple months ago, the director of Bonita House asked the head honchos of CWC if our members could provide some artwork to be auctioned off at the event, with proceeds going to the organization, of course. Many of us submitted stuff for the auction, and there was a big portfolio stuffed with stuff, along with many larger canvases. Bonita House sent over someone to go through the submissions & decide which works would actually be offered in the auction. Last week, Katy (the art teacher) told me that both of my submissions had been chosen. (Each artist could only submit 2 works for consideration, and I submitted my elephants collage and a collection of 4 winter-themed collaged postcards.)

Katy talked to Bonita House about the possibility of also hanging up some other works on the walls of the event, since so many had been submitted & so many were really good & might actually sell to raise even more money for the organization. They agreed, and so many more works will be hung on the walls with set price tags, completely separate from the auction.

So today Katy and Sarah (our art room intern) were frantically mounting pieces to be hung on the walls at the event & choosing prices for them. (I also have two more pieces that are going to hang on the walls: a decoupaged mask & a funky old collage I did in PHP in 2005. I told Katy she should put a $10 price on the old collage, because I have absolutely no attachment to it.)

Anyway, we got to talking about the event, and someone ended up asking Katy how many pieces were actually chosen for the auction, since they haven't really been telling us much.

It turns out that only 4 works were chosen for the auction ... so mine were half of the pieces they chose. I'm incredibly flattered. I guess mine were 2 of the pieces they considered most likely to sell & earn money for Bonita House. Wow!

And my second (and final—duh) cataract surgery is in less than 12 hours! Julia ended up suggesting that she just pick me up and drive me there, then hang out in the waiting room until they call her in to Recovery. This is really sweet of her, of course, and I accepted gratefully.

This time tomorrow, I'll be wearing another great big colander, and I'll be peering through the little holes to see what my binocular vision will be like. The doc says it may continue to fluctuate for up to a month, but by then we'll definitely know how I'll be seeing long-term. My vision will continue to change much more slowly over time as my body ages, of course, but this will be my relatively stable vision for the next several years.

So exciting!

And people like my art!

And soon I will most likely have really truly sold art to people who don't even know me! Wowza!