Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Blind as a Bat, Mad as a Hatter!!

I wear glasses.  Not because I think it will make me look cool or smarter, but because I am BLIND without them.  Like "if-I-put-them-down-and-I-don't-remember-where-I-put-them-I-will-never-see-again" kind of way.  It is a monster pain in the A.  And I often wonder what I would have done if I was born several hundred years ago; I would have been in MAJOR trouble.  Seriously, what did people with massive astigmatism and near-sightedness do?  As I learned today, just day to day functioning is seriously limited when you can't see.  I changed Ezra's diaper and had to be about 5 inches away to see what the heck I was doing.  Yeah.  Major Disgust-o.

As I wear glasses and need glasses... my sweet last born loves to mutilate glasses.  It gives him great pleasure and joy to bend them, find that sweet spot of resistance, and then Keep. On.  Pushing.  I always leave my glasses on my bedside table, because, well, see above paragraph.  But every so often he gets to them in the morning before I am awake and lays into them in new and creative ways.  After taking them to get fixed after three different "episodes" I had one side held together by a twist tie.

Anyway, I have wanted to get my eyes lasered for the last 10 years.  But it is expensive, and to do it, they slice into your cornea!!! I am sorry, but that is just so creepy to think about.  I know it is no big deal, that the quality of my life would improve, I would have new found freedom, blah blah blah, but it still scares the crap of me and I can't pull the trigger on it.  I have had the consult twice and have even booked the surgery a few times, but pull out every single time.  

So today Ezra got to my glasses again.  This time he really showed them who was boss.  The count: Ezra 5, glasses 0.  This was the equivalent of a flat-line.  I literally woke up to the sound of the flapping arm of my glasses.  This time, I knew there was nothing that could be done.  They were officially destroyed.  I was so upset because, since I am planning on getting my eyes lasered, I am out of contacts.  This meant, I was going to be virtually blind until I could get in for surgery!!  NOT COOL EZRA!!!!!!!!

I talked to Laura - my fantastic SIL who lives across the street (one of the main reasons why we moved) and she happily came over to my rescue.  She found the missing lens (I of course couldn't see to find it), and Woody dropped the deeply injured frames off at Saskatoon Optical (here is a plug because if they can't fix them, no one can) on his way to school. Miracle of miracles, they were able to repair them and Laura picked them up that afternoon.  I had booked the surgery for Friday, but now that I can see again, I am not too sure...!

I was so insanely grateful to Woody and Laura who saved the day.  I nearly threw the stronger-than-he-should-be-boy-mangled glasses out but Wood took over and knew where to take them.  It was seriously awesome of them, and even more awesome to be able to see again.  Thanks again guys.

Now, what to do about the surgery...???


The Lawlor's said...

Do the surgery!!!!!

Four out of the eight people in my family has had laser eye surgery, and Mike has also had it.

Well worth the nervousness. Plus they give you drugs to calm you down and a stress ball to squeeze so you aren't jumpy. You are set. Get it done!

Sharon said...

Ryan just had it done this summer and LOVES IT! I also have 2 sisters and a brother who have had the surgery. Everyone has been fine and they love being able to see.
You're going to LOVE it! :)

The Coopers said...


seriously its sooo awesome! I had it done like 5 years ago and its the best thing and the best money i have ever spent. And i only had to wear glasses when i i drove.. so for you this would be amazing, going from blind to 20/20 vision.

I can't even tell you what its like having the surgery which is like 5 min long, no lie.. and literally right after they have you look at the clock far away and you can see perfectly.. its beyond awesome!! but it is scary.. i was scared.

Anyways me, my mother in law an 2 sister in laws have done it and all perfect to date!

Vanessa said...

I had my surgery almost 3 years ago. It wasn't as scary as I thought, and it was amazing see better than perfect!! But I was at the eye doctor again yesterday, and I'm already at the point of needing glasses again (and have been for over a year - that is less than 2 years of good vision). Especially for driving and watching tv. Worth the $3000??? I love being able to see when I get up, and the freedom it gives me, but don't expect perfection. I'm consoling myself with, at least this is better than what I had before!!

missLaura said...

surgery or not, I don't know. You do look very smart in your glasses so I don't know if you should give up that look all at once.
You are blind as a bat now but IF in 3 years you need glasses again, you will be mad as a hatter!
I'll take the blind version over the mad one :)

Sara and Dustin said...

I agree that you should brave the surgery but really - I'm so jealous that your brother and SIL live right. across. the. street!! Jealous. Jealous. Jealous.

stone's eye view said...

Do it and let Ez play with your glasses all he wants.

Flora said...

DO THE SURGERY!!! It is life changing. And if I don't get a photo of Ezra and Flora together this summer, I will be so sad!

The Samples Sampler said...

I am seriously thinking about the surgery also, but the whole "lasers-in-eyes" things freaks me out too! I know a number of people who have had it done and they think it's the best thing to ever happen to them. Get the surgery then tell me how it goes!

Janine said...

Hey - what happened to your post about the surgery? Did I dream it? Did I miss it on your blog? Or was that facebook??? I'm so confused...

But I was going to say...hurrah for your courage to get it done. James wimped out once and has never gone back.