Slice – Destroy – Remove – Replace That Lens!

Kaiser Hallways

I understand sterility is important in a hospital or medical facility, but this is a bit ridiculous.

The other day I accomplished another step in getting my impaired sight back to a reasonable semblance of normal. As I have written before, seeing has become a bit problematic though, when it first started, it was somewhat entertaining and humorous. I wrote about it again when I noticed it was affecting just about everything. What I find amazing is to realize I wrote these two posts over three years ago. Amazing what you’ll put up with, or what I’ll put up with.

At any rate, my ophthalmological exam revealed I am a candidate for cataract removal and the replacement of my natural lens with an artificial one. I have chosen to have my vision corrected for distance so, even though I will almost certainly have much improved distance vision, I will still need reading glasses. I have been wearing glasses for a large portion of my adult life and I don’t mind wearing them the rest of it. I’m just looking forward to seeing clearly again. I have not been able really enjoy the night sky for years and it is one of the things I’m most looking forward to.

I would, however, have put up with this longer no doubt were it not for the fact I’ve returned to work and one of my duties involves working in a conference room with team members on various program schedules I build or maintain with Microsoft Project. It’s reached the point where sitting in the back of any of the most frequently used conference rooms, where the keyboards and mice reside, makes it difficult and annoying to read what’s on the screen, especially numbers (dates, durations, lag times, etc.).

The surgery is scheduled for this coming Wednesday, June 17, time to be determined when I call the surgery dept. on Tuesday. This morning I began a regimen of antibiotic eye drops, which I must instill in my right eye four times per day. I will continue using them post-op, and will add a third type of drop, which is a corticosteroid designed to reduce the chance of swelling. Not sure how long I will need to continue this regimen, but I’m figuring at least a week or two, depending on how the eye responds to the insult.

Blood Pressure Results

Nailed it!

I had my pre-op exam last Thursday and am happy to say I passed. I was pleasantly surprised to find my blood pressure was really good (I have been dealing with essential hypertension for a couple of decades, for which I take medication) and will present no problem with respect to the surgery.

I think I’m really ready for this. As I get older, I have (as most of us do) more issues to deal with, some of which are more serious than others. While this is surgery, it’s outpatient and it is the most frequently performed procedure in the world. I expect no difficulties. I can’t wait to see Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn without their accompanying satellites I know aren’t really there, and I’m especially looking forward to again see the craters of only one (not three) Moon. That will be sweet. IMO.

About Rick Ladd

Since my retirement from Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne in 2010, I have spent quite a bit of energy on developing work as a social media marketer for small business, a business manager for an AI software development firm, and as an editor/proofreader for a number of business books and a couple of novels, as well as a two-year return engagement at Rocketdyne from 2015 to 2017. I have decided to stop actively pursuing business in these fields and am now positioning myself to be a writer. I have done quite a bit of writing over the years, but I’ve never really attempted to make any money at it; at least not specifically. I’m starting out with a couple of memoirs and, currently, I’m studying the craft, creating a detailed outline and timeline, and honing my skills as a storyteller. Pretty sure I’ll be writing some fiction as well. View all posts by Rick Ladd

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