Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Surgery Update

Hello everyone! I had my cataract surgery last week. Considering that I scratched the surface of my cornea right after my surgery, I am doing well. It looks like I will still need glasses, but I can already tell a difference in my vision. Here are the details:

  • Right eye cataract surgery was one week ago
  • I apparently scratched the cornea while putting drops in. I had to wear a contact lens "bandaid" all week.
  • Vision was bad and I have been worried
  • Today "bandaid" taken off and I am seeing much better
  • Colors are much brighter, but still seeing "halos" around everything
  • Vision will continue to improve over the next month
  • After one month I will be rechecked and fitted with glasses. Hoping for reading glasses only, but will be happy either way.
  • Left eye surgery is scheduled for 8:45 am on May 27th!

Sorry it's taken me so long to post this. I was told not to use the computer except for quick email checks (with the right eye closed). During the healing process, the pupil stayed large and let more light in than needed. I had to avoid bright lights until now.

By the way, the surgery was not scary at all! You can't even tell they are coming at you with sharp instruments... they use very bright lights. Actual surgery time was only about 12 minutes. So far, this has been a very good experience!

Almost forgot... Sis's surgery went fine. It was a laser procedure. They made a small hole in the eye to relieve pressure. They did the eyes about a week apart, and she says it went very well!

Thanks for all the prayers, comments, and emails! I appreciate it so much!


Nita Jo

Monday, April 13, 2009

Prayers Desired...

I just got through texting my little sis... she has eye surgery tomorrow. It's to relieve pressure in the eyes. Her second eye will be done the same day that I am having my first eye surgery! Different doctors and different eye clinics, but I kept thinking how funny we'll both be "under the knife" on the same day.

My eye surgery is due to cataracts. On the 22nd, I will have my right lens replaced with a man-made lens. If all goes as planned, I will only need reading glasses. My left eye will be scheduled after the Doc sees how quickly I recover from the first surgery.

I am "looking" forward to having it done. I have not been able to drive at night for some time, or to read normal print. I tried using my Grandpa's magnifying glass, but it was too much effort to hold the book and hold the magnifying glass. I'm sure it made a funny picture to my family! Lol!

If I am absent for a while, it is due to pre-op and post-op procedures. Plus, it may take a little time to adjust to my new vision.

Please keep me and sis in your prayers. I'll be "seeing" all of you just as soon as I can!

Nita Jo

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Just a Thought...

This was my Real Simple (magazine) Daily Thought for today...

"It's not the tragedies that kill us, it's the messes."
~ Dorothy Parker

Oh my! How that applied to me today! So many little jobs to do and not enough time in my day. We could all do without the messes, in whatever form they may take. Some days just seem to whirl out of control, then the dust settles and peace returns.

Wishing you peace...

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Happy Birthday Uncle Burt!

Well, this is a few hours after the fact but I hope you had a splendid birthday!

My Uncle Burt is one of my faithful readers (yes, I am talking about him as if he weren't reading this). In fact, he is one of the few special people in my life who supported and encouraged my writing. He is not only my uncle, but was my Pastor for many years. When our church newsletter position became vacant, he offered me the privilege of writing it. I did this for about 7 years, and I am sure it blessed me even more than my readers.

It was a way to put my writing skills to work, it challenged me to read more scripture (to support the subject I was writing about), it lifted my spirit as I studied and prayed for divine inspiration; I am changed as a result of being trusted with the job of writing and publishing the newsletter.

My uncle poured his life into service for God, and his love for his wife and family. He took on the major role of keeping watch over his parents in their old age. He still visits his mother, my Grandma Martha, on a regular basis making sure her needs are attended to. Even when life gets difficult, he holds on to his faith in God and his sense of humor!

I could never list all the things he has done for me, and for others. Even now, when he could be sitting back just relaxing in his retirement years, he is often found painting, repairing, and putting his skills into the maintenance of our church building. And he does it with joy!

My Dear Uncle, I can never thank you enough for all you have done for me over the years. For the prayers, the trust, the caring, the love. You have blessed me...

May God continue to use you, bless you, and strengthen your body with healing! Happy Birthday and blessings in the year ahead of you!

With much love,

Oh, click Here to see an old photo of Uncle Burt with his brothers & sister.