I can see clearly now…

Well, almost.

I got LASIK surgery on Saturday. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve been in glasses for twenty years and I loathe them. Really, I do. I hate exercising in them, I hate that I can’t see in the shower, I hate that I can’t see when I’m swimming, I hate that I can’t see when Lucy wakes me up in the middle of the night with doggy kisses (At least, I think they’re doggy kisses. I can’t see. For all I know they’re monster kisses). I have contacts and I hate them too. I think they’re hard to put in and harder to take out and they generally give me a headache.

So the idea of not having to deal with contacts or glasses was incredibly tempting to me. I researched it a lot and finally decided to use some of my hard earned royalty money on fixing my eyes.

If anyone is considering it I suggest you do your research. There are pros and cons and lots of information to consider. Personally, I opted to get an insurance package with mine which would cover any “enhancements,” or corrections, that I might need. My doctor recommended this because my vision was so bad. The procedure itself was pretty simple. I won’t go into gory details but I will say it was incredibly fast and painless, though I did find it very uncomfortable and quite freaky. If they offer you Valium, take it. It helps. Love the lovely Valium!

Post surgery I had some issues. My eyes burned like mad for a good five hours, and they watered constantly that entire time. The constant feeling that something is poking your eye is hard to ignore. But I got through that stretch and noticed improvement right away. I have to say, I’ve been a little jealous of all those people who say they woke up the next day with perfect vision. Those people stink. I woke up the next day with improved vision, but not perfect. It still isn’t perfect. It seems to be great for a while then I slip back into blurry. I’m wearing reading glasses for using the computer and I have my kindle set to a pretty high font for reading. I did get to drive today, and that was awesome. So I’m keeping my fingers crossed it will continue to improve and maybe I won’t need corrections. If I do, I’ll have to wait four months. And four months of seeing like this would suck.

You know what doesn’t suck? My family. Particularly my mom, and dad, and my sister, Hannah. My parents took care of me all weekend, driving me to my appointments and to get my medicine. This was particularly nice of my dad as he is still suffering the painful effects of the Great Old-Man Trampoline Debacle of 2012. My mom made sure I took my eye drops and made me delicious food AND she even took Luce out for her walks. And when they both had to leave for the evening Hannah came over and took care of me. Seriously, how lucky am I?

(The answer is very, very lucky)

So here’s hoping my vision keeps getting better. It’s kind of important for me, being a writer and all. Even more so, I need to be able to read. The thought of having difficulty reading is one of the scariest things I can imagine. How would I get by without it? I love reading more than just about anything else on Earth (minus the people I love, of course. And Lucy). Before surgery I was in the waiting room reading a kind of crappy chick-lit. Before I went in I had a terrible thought–if something goes wrong and this is the last book I ever read, I’m gonna be pissed. Luckily I can already read somewhat with the bigger font on kindle. Thank God for that. But I promise here and now I will never take my ability to read whatever I want, whenever I want, for granted. It’s way too precious.

So what are you reading that you’re grateful for?



7 thoughts on “I can see clearly now…

  1. I’m reading Thumped by Megan McCafferty. It’s part two of, I believe, a trilogy that begins with Bumped (the book I read when we were at the beach last summer). I’m enjoying it so far!!

  2. Since I’ve already read YOUR books (more than twice I might add) I am reading my standby book that cures everything, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

  3. Wishing you a healthy and speedy recovery, Rachel!

    As a fellow LASIK girl, and fanatical reader/writer, I totally feel your pain and frustration. (And agree that the Valium is a must-take! haha) But don’t worry. Those with really poor vision (I was one) to begin with can take a little longer to see clearly, but it’ll all be worth it in the end, even if you have to (and hopefully you won’t) go back in 4 months.

    Since I had a major eye operation (non-LASIK related) I am forever grateful that I can see and have the ability to read and write…everything and anything. Cannot take vision for granted!

    Glad to hear you’re still enjoying reading and some writing, but be sure to give those peepers a rest. They’ll thank you for it. And then when you’re all better keep on churning out those books. I love your chick lit and want more!

    All the Best,

    • Got lots of rest in, Thanks Savannah! I used the time to listen to my new book with the read aloud feature on my kindle. You can find so many little errors listening, it’s crazy! I would definitely recommend it as part of your editing process. I’m so glad to hear that your eye surgery was a success and you’re back to reading and writing like a champ!

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