Saturday, January 31, 2015

2 Weeks Post PRK

Things are going pretty smoothly for the eyes.  They feel great and I only have a little light sensitivity.  I still have a good bit of blurriness though.  I know they are better than they were a week ago but it's slow progress.  I can't wait for clear vision again.  I would say it's a little bit better than before I had the surgery without my glasses.  The weird thing is that before the surgery if I got closer to something I could see it more clearly.  That's not the case right now.  Even if something is really close it's still a little bit blurry.

I have been sick since Tuesday and I'm sure that's not helping my progress.  I had the bright idea of trying the nettipot.  If you are wondering what happens when you pour saline up a completely blocked nostril... the answer is, the water (and mucus) will try to come out of your tear duct into your eyeball.  It is GROSS and burns.  Don't try it!

C and John are both doing great.  C had this cold a couple of weeks ago but he's much better now.  Some funny things he says nowadays:

We fight about who loves who more.  He'll say, "I love you more! Now that's enough! I don't want to hear another word about it!"  Too cute.
He loves power rangers and karate kicks and chops like they do.
At the park today: He said, "Excuse me little boy" to a 4 year old.  That kid said, "I'm not little, I'm 4!  You're little!"  In Christian's mind he is at least 8.
He is definitely in the "Why" phase.  I hear "Why?" at least 1,000 times/day.
I CANNOT believe he is going to be three next week!

Tristan is doing well too.  She bought her prom dress today.  She starts softball practice for school in two weeks.

My boys

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Days 5 - 7

Day 5 - Went to the doctor to have the contacts removed.  I was still having a lot of irritation, light sensitivity and dryness. It was the first time out of the house since Friday... And out of my dark bedroom during daylight.  I spent most of Saturday and Sunday hissing like a vampire at anyone who opened the door and let in a little sunlight.  I was hoping some of that would be alleviated by removing the contacts.  It was!  I haven't been able to wear contacts for more than an hour EVER so wearing them for 5 days was horrible!  Everything was still really blurry but in a weird way.  If I really tried to focus on something I could see it pretty clearly but I couldn't see anything else clearly.  So my vision tested at 20/25 but there's no way that's what it really is.  It's like opening your eyes under water.

Day 6 - Light sensitivity is better and the irritation is almost completely gone.  Still pretty blurry.  I would say my vision is at about 60%.  I went back to work but had to blow up my monitors and wear sunglasses.  I was a movie star!

Day 7 - One week!  Blurriness is about the same but light sensitivity is much better.  I didn't have to wear sunglasses inside today. Yay!  When I woke up this morning there was about 3 seconds of crystal clearness.  I freaked out thinking I was healed!!  But it didn't last.  Hoping for at least 5 seconds tomorrow. :)

I'll only post every week or two now that we're past the first week.

C was sick Monday with a stomach bug so he stayed home with Granna & Pop Tuesday.  I know they had a great time!  He was back at school today karate chopping bad guys.  He loves some Power Rangers right now.


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Day 4

I must admit that after days 1 & 2 had gone so well I was beginning to get pretty high on myself. I thought I was one tough cookie and this PRK was a piece of cake. That is until day 3 came and punched me in the... well it punched me in the eyes is what it did. I woke up at 2am with fire bursting from eyeballs. What fresh hell is this?!  How had I gone from very little pain to this? Immediately tears started streaming down my face. I wasn't really crying, not voluntarily anyway. I tried using the numbing drops but they just flowed right out with the tears. I then remembered the pain pills I man armed my Dr into giving me. I fumbled to the kitchen and turned on the light. I was blinded by the brightness of a thousand suns and immediately turned it back off. Luckilythey were in a target pharmacy bottle which is very different from the other bottles. After that, tears flowed from my eyes for hours but I think I slept some. The rest of day 3 was spent in my room, curtains drawn and eyes closed.

Day 4 started much better. I woke up and could see quite clearly for about 3 seconds. The light sensitivity is the worst part but I don't feel a ton of pain anymore. Just watering eyes and what feels like an eyelash stuck in there. I have had several other moments of clarity but mostly somewhat blurry. I'm looking forward to having the contacts removed tomorrow. I think they are causing most of the pain.


Day 3

Day 3 started at 2 am when I woke with my eyes on fire.  Thank goodness I man armed my doctor into giving me some pain pills. From 2-5am was pretty horrific. I tried the numbing drops but my eyes were watering so much that it just washed away. I finally got back to sleep around 5 when my eyes had cried out. The pain the rest of the day was not quite as bad but still burning and itching. So I spent most of the day in my dark room with my eyes closed. Everything was blurry and light sensitivity was terrible.

I took an ambien that night and felt a good bit better theis morning.


Day 2

Today has been pretty good.  My eyelids were stuck together when I woke up but I just used a few drops to loosen them up and it's been smooth sailing the rest of the day.  I've had some dry eyes, blurriness and a bit of discomfort but nothing terrible. I've also had a headache all day but that's not unusual.  The worst part is my shoulder hurts from laying around all day.  I basically haven't sat down  since Christian started walking so body is not used to laying around. 

When I went to the doctor this morning he said everything looks great.  The nurses commented about how happy I looked which made me feel like I'm doing better than the average person on day 2.  The doctor also told me that tomorrow would be my worst day and to be prepared.  YIKES.

Christian is so sweet and worried about me.  He read me a book last night and gave me kisses.  So sweet.  He was upset when I told him he couldn't go to the doctor with me.


Friday, January 16, 2015

Day 1 - Surgery Day

Day 1 - PRK Surgery Day

The procedure took place at 9:30am.  My mom and John both went to watch... I had an entourage!  I woke up early (5am) and couldn't go back to sleep.  I was nervous and sappy and having second thoughts.  What if I was one of the few people who have complications?  What if I went blind and never saw my sweet boy or husband's faces again?  We all know that if something weird happens that I'm the one it happens to.  But I put on my big girl underpants, took one last, long look at my son and headed to the doctor.

The procedure - The procedure only lasted about 4 minutes per eye.  The guard they put around the eye was uncomfortable but the procedure itself wasn't too bad.  The normal response when something is about to poke your eye is to avoid it.  So it was CRAZY to see this little brush coming right at me and then see it scraping my eye.  Really, Really Weird!  My mom and John watched.  They said it was pretty gross.  John took a video of one eye but I haven't been able to watch it yet.  Not sure that I want to.  He did show it to C who thought it was super cool.

After the procedure I could see a little better than before but it wasn't crystal clear.  The rest of the day wasn't too bad.  Just some dry eyes, a little burning and light sensitivity.  My vision would go in and out of focus to where sometimes I would see pretty clearly and sometimes it was really blurry.  The eye drops help with the dryness and the blurriness.  It feels amazing when I use the drops so I've been using them about every 10 minutes.  This bliss can only be described as having an "eyegasm." Ha!

I took an Ambien at around 10 and woke up Day 2 feeling pretty darn well.


Wednesday, January 14, 2015


I have decided to have corrective eye surgery... PRK to be exact.  It's a bit different than LASIK.  LASIK cuts a flap in your eye, uses a laser to correct vision and then puts the flap back.  (Excuse me while I gag a second.) PRK completely removes the flap and it has to grow back.  The recovery time is a lot longer with PRK but I'm not a candidate for LASIK.  I'm a bit nervous but also really excited not to wear glasses anymore.

My doctor was pretty nonchalant about the pain and recovery time so I took to Google to set the record straight.  I found a lot of PRK recovery timelines that people blogged about and they really helped me.  I'm one of those people who would rather prepare for the worst and be pleasantly surprised if it's not so bad.  Unfortunately, most of my doctors have sugar coated my procedures.  Then I'm caught off guard when there's excessive pain or symptoms I wasn't expecting. 

Most of the timelines I read had the same symptoms for the first week post surgery... vision was very blurry, severe dry eyes, burning and stinging and severe light sensitivity.  Then a lot of people had double vision, ghosting, dry eye and halos for up to 3 months post surgery.

Since I have found so much comfort in others timelines I have decided to write my own.  Join me on my journey to clear vision!

Last pic with glasses!

Saturday, January 10, 2015


We had such a great time visiting John's family in Canada.  It had everything a girl could want... quality time with family, a great night out with friends, hockey games, snow, tons of fabulous food and BAKLAVA!  I even learned a new game...Rummoli.

Cutting New Year's Bread
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C  wanted to put his arm around Filip so badly



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