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Sunday, June 19, 2011

PRK and Lightning

Since my darling little Angel is not around I thought I would continue my writing about things going on in my life without her. After all not everyone that reads my blog is a parent (Thanks Wende!). What an interesting week it has been. Monday evening my house was struck by lightning. The good news is that it didn’t catch fire. The bad news is that I do have damage, and the amount to fix it falls right under my deductible. Well of course it does! Anyway, as I mentioned in my previous blog I had PRK Tuesday which stands for photorefractive keratectomy. If you want to know what it is and how it differs from Lasik, Google it. All I can say is it HURTS.  I won’t go into them using this metal device to actually scrape off the top layer of your eyeball. Did the lightning strike my house or my eyes? I have heard so many stories from people raving about their eye surgery and not one said there was much pain involved. Then again, I don’t think any of them had PRK. When I went in for my initial consult the nurse told me that I would have some discomfort for a few days after the surgery; that it may feel like I had sand in my eyes. What she should have said is that it would feel like you passed out on the beach, face first, with your eyes wide open! Also, she should have mentioned to prepare for living like mole, because I couldn’t fully open my eyes until day 3. Friday when I went to the doctor, I told her that she and the staff had been wonderful, but that I didn’t think I would recommend this surgery to any of my friends. I think she was a bit put off, and replied that maybe I had a low pain threshold. I always thought I had a high tolerance for pain. After all I have gone through child birth….ok I did have an epidural, but I have had a Brazilian bikini wax with no anesthesia. Shouldn’t that count for something? (If you don’t know what a Brazilian bikini wax entails Google it, but I don't recommend it!)
Here I am at day 6, eyes less puffy, no more sand, and I am starting to see many things more clearly. (That is meant both literally and figuratively.) If you are not a candidate for Lasik and the doctor suggest PRK my advice is taking a week from work, darken your room, and prepare yourself for a Valium induced sleep. I know it will all be worth it in the end. I can’t wait to roll over and see the time on my alarm clock. Oh wait it doesn’t work anymore, it was struck by lightning!

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