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WEEEEEEE'RE OUTTA HERE!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

It's finally here. Spring break. I can feel my whole body longing to breathe that sigh of relief that always hits me as we finally hit the open highway heading south of our river valley. The point at which it just doesn't matter what we forgot to pack or to do. (Well, the garbage we forgot to empty while we were gone for three weeks at Christmas did do quite a number on our house's aroma. I guess that one mattered a little.)

But I can't sigh yet. In the next twenty-four hours, I have oodles of preparations to do, laundry to do, and packing to do. Hopefully it can all be done in the amount of time I have. Hopefully I do not get in so much of a hurry that I overpack. (When I take my time, I'm actually a fairly conservative packer. For our trip to the States, I took less for a family of five for three weeks than I used to take for myself for one!)

Here's something that Jason blind-sided me with on Monday: for my collective "all-special-gift-giving-days-in-one" gift for the year, he suggested that I could go get corrective laser surgery on my eyes.

While, in theory, this is something that I have longed for since I first heard about it at the age of 13, and watched Mrs. Brown walk around with the uber-sexy eye patch that was required at the time for several weeks per eye, now that I am actually confronted with the notion, my stomach is lurching around in the vicinity of my vocal chords and my mind is flopping around like a pasty trout on a hot river rock as far as decisions go.

I have spent the last two nights reverting to old sleepless habits to research as much as possible about laser eye surgery on the internet. I have also been asking myself some tough questions: am I sure I want good vision badly enough to risk becoming one of those statistics, however small, where things have gone horribly, horribly wrong? (Or even mildly wrong?) These are the only set of eyes I've got, and though they have been letting me down on a regular basis since the age of nine, at least their current decrepit state is workable, ya know?

Despite my trepidation, I have booked a consultation in Edmonton on Monday. We will see if they can sufficiently allay my fears that I can agree to this idea with confidence.

Because for every thought I have of permanent eye dryness, painful cornea rippling, or old-age concerns (of which most are unknown, since LASIK has only been around since 1991), I have about five thoughts of "wouldn't it be nice if I could actually see my legs while I am shaving them?" or "Wow. It would sure be great to not have to fumble for glasses before dealing with the screaming child coming into our room at 3 a.m." etc.

So. If anyone has any horror stories about people who have had LASIK surgery, now's the time to lay 'em on me. But please--they have to have happened to you, or someone you know well. I don't want any rumours that have been magnified through fourteen repeats of the story, until "They had minor night halos for about three months" turns into "They got abducted by aliens because they couldn't tell the difference between approaching headlights and the lights on a saucer-like spacecraft."

Happy Easter, everyone. What are you looking forward to (or not!) this spring?

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8 comments

  1. Cool! Eye surgery. I'd feel the same way, I think, if I were thee - that feeling of excitement and horror. I think every time I've seen you you've been wearing your contacts because I don't think I knew you are the cute blind that you are! Or p'haps I've just forgotten. I'm bad that way.

    And believe it or not I'm looking forward to a beautiful rain this spring.

    Are you off to Sylvan?

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  2. Hmmmm.....I'm looking forward to getting my garden....YES, a REAL GARDEN....even though it is only about 12' x 24'...it's STILL a REAL GARDEN....with peas, carrots, radishes, swiss chard, and all that cool stuff....planted in the next few days....after our 10" of rain has soaked in and dried up a little!!
    ;)
    Love you!

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  3. oh maaaaan i want Lasik too.. my husband's brother got it done and he is as fine as a peach and i didnt even KNOW he had it done til Ed told me. I just thought he was born with good sight.. sigh. my parents are terrified whenever i talk of it..i have -6 power.. so yes i am a blind bat. but since i live with soft contacts everyday, i dont really know any different.. but i want it done so bad. i might go to the one my Bro in law did it at..but he is still in debt with it! so i dont know if i want that as yet! but i do know what youre craving for!

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  4. Talena,

    It isn't all that scary. I had mine done 3yrs ago. And I just want to say it is amazing to be able to see the bedside clock when I wake up. I don't have to worry about mascara smudges on glasses anymore or putting in my contacts every day. I have no issues with dryness if anything my eyes are better now that I am not wearing contacts all the time. I had mine done at Lasik MD in Calgary but they have an office in Edmonton too and I actually have a friend that works there his name is Jessie.

    You might think that Lasik has only been around a little while but it is very similar to Cataract surgery just without the cataract.

    I managed to get rid of a stigmatism and had both eyes done at the same time. I had 20/20 vision the next day. And I found it easier to sleep with the sunglasses on then those oh so sexy eye shields.

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  5. I'm dying to get LASIK too and not as nervous as I would have been since my brother and my BIL had it done over a year ago. They say it's very worth it! My BIL is the research king and he chose a clinic in Vancouver - had consultations at two clinics there before deciding. I hear they do it in Grande Prairie now, but I don't know anything about the clinic there. Would be nice to have it done and not have to pay for flights and hotels!

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  6. I think I need lessons from you on the conservative packing. We can't step out for a weekend without atleast one medium sized suitcase and another small one for the three of us!

    And keep us posted about your LASIK decision. I have been toying with the idea too!

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  7. hiya! I have thought of the laser eye thing too. Came to the conclusion I'd rather have mine unlased...
    glad u're going on a break. I went to the lake district. Photos soon on blogs n facebook! Hope you all are well!
    x Ace

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  8. Hi, All! Thanks for your wonderful comments and input--internet access was pretty spotty on the trip, so I couldn't comment back. However, after my consultation I was so reassured with the surgeon's track record that I obviously decided to go for it--and am so glad I did! Yippee! It's still something I wouldn't recommend without a lot of research, especially into the surgeon who will be performing the surgery.

    I had a prescription of -6 and -6.5 before surgery. The clinic I went to is Clearly Lasik in Edmonton, and I would definitely recommend them to anyone considering Lasik surgery.

    Thanks for sharing, all! Kiss!

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