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Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock 2017-11

Post op.

Some Mondays my “pause” is longer than others.  So much humdrum in my life.  What’s the point in sharing?  Not today.  I am gleeful in my gratefulness.  Why? I can see! Friday I had surgery to remove a cataract.  Things had progressed unusually fast, as Dr. Eyes explained.  It was like looking through vaseline.  OMGosh!  The first day with no bandages I literally fainted from the intensity of color my poor little “cones cells” experienced.  Really, truly.  The whole room began to spin. Click here to see if you are tetra-chromatic, like I am.

And print.  Oh My!  It’s like everything is in bold.  And here I was cursing “the poor quality of print these days.”

Saturday the bandages came off. Today I got a post-op call.

I can see!  It’s wonderful!

I could tell by the way the caller responded that she didn’t know quite how to deal with my exuberance.  “Okay, that’s good,” she responded, in a that-nice-crazy-lady sort of way.

Here’s a few more things that elicit sheer joy.

A late season snow, ever so small that gave us a chance to try out our Christmas gift snow-blower.

 I L-O-V-E, love OVE I slowed my reading because I didn’t want to say goodbye.  And I cried when the last chapter came to a close.  I miss you OVE.

 Peanut butter filled pretzels.  Need I say more.

 Flute music that I can now read!  Oh yeah.  Another reason to celebrate cataract surgery.

My neighbor, Doris, who sent French pastries as part of my recovery plan.

Lisa Romeo, my editor, for her sweet tweet-out.  Check her out here.

Scrivener software and tutorial, which is keeping my next book on track.  Working title, MAY HIS TRIBE INCREASE. You may recognize the line from one of my favorite poems, “Abou Ben Adham” by James Henry Leigh Hunt.

What’s on your list of blessings this week?

As always, your gratitudes reminds me of my own.  So please share in the comment section.  I love hearing from you.


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  1. I just watched the movie A Man Called Ove! Loved it and now the book is on my reading list! Also I can remember what it was like when I had my Lazik surgery 6 years ago. The first time I opened my eyes and was able to see clearly without glasses was incredible!!

    • Adela Adela

      I’ll be watching the movie in April at “Dinner and a Movie” at the local library. Lots of “Ove” lovers are sure to be there.

      I’m still in awe of the crispness of my vision. Loved-One had Lasiks over 20 years ago. Before the surgery, he couldn’t see his feet without his glasses. It wasn’t long before he took his good eyesight for granted. I must wait 4 weeks before I can schedule the other eye.

  2. Glad it was successful. I loved’ The Man Called Love’ and wrote a blog about it because we lovers of it are almost cult like in our exuberance!

    • Adela Adela

      Some in my book club did not care for the man Ove. I got a kick out of him right from the beginning. Maybe because he reminds me so much of my father-in-law. And, my father-in-law’s son is a whole lot like him!

  3. Vision has always been a major concern for me–as a child I had eye surgery and I truly only have one eye that can read with clarity. SO GLAD you are good, and yes, happiness is seeing things clearly, with color and vividness. YAY. I just had my checkup and I’m good to go. No cataracts yet. Hugs, Beth

    • Adela Adela

      Good to hear, Beth. My last check was great, too, and presto, one cataract in the middle that grew really fast. If I closed one eye, I really couldn’t see much at all. My imagination went a bit wild because it happened so fast. Good to know it’s just a part of aging. And sad to be reminded I’m aging. (Teehee)

  4. I have a cataract in one eye. Everyone says vision is much better after the surgery. When I have cataracts in both, I’ll get help. Thanks for helping me feel braver.

    • Adela Adela

      The surgery is a lot scarier in theory than in reality. Easy easy recovery.

  5. Good news about your eye! Hope it all continues to go Well!

    • Adela Adela

      Thanks Jena. I was a bit nervous. Now looking forward to getting the other eye fixed.

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