"As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame; / [ . . . ] Each mortal thing does one thing and the same: / Deals out that being indoors each one dwells; / Selves -- goes itself; 'myself' it speaks and spells, / Crying 'What I do is me; for that I came'." --Gerard Manley Hopkins

12 June 2006


Thanks to all for thoughts and prayers. The lasik surgery went well. My doctor prayed with me -- in the name of Jesus, too -- beforehand, which was most comforting.

On Saturday, he said my far vision was almost 20/20. Of course, I now can't see anything close up, so it's just the reverse of before -- except now there's no astigmatism. And it seems that my near vision is improving a bit already; I may not know for several weeks just how it will settle out, but I already knew I'd almost certainly need reading glasses. Well, I've used reading glasses for years anyway, so it will be nice just to have those alone!

I am off to put in more eyedrops; that and sleeping have been my principle occupations for the past several days. I've read a few chapters in a book and watched part of a tv show -- it's amazing to see the tv from across the room without glasses. This morning I looked out the window and could see the houses across the street as clear as ever I did with glasses. And to wake up in the night and see the clock without pulling it right up to my face -- what joy! :)

Amazing, really. I can't imagine I'll have any regrets. Now, if one could come up with a 5-minute operation that made one's spiritual sight as clear, without the constant re-clouding of self and sin . . . !


Cindy said...

I was wondering. :) So glad to hear this and will continue in grateful prayers for all as it "settles" in.

alaiyo said...

Thank you, dear friend! It seems to be getting better every minute now. My near vision is already somewhat better today than yesterday. I have to use different magnifications for the computer and for books. !!! I am looking forward most to being able to read for hours on end again, of course. What on earth does one DO if one can't read?????

Love you!


GrumpyTeacher1 said...

Yea! I'm glad that the surgery went well. May your recovery do the same.

Megan said...

Wow. I missed your previous post, so I saw the word 'surgery' and said "What?!?" So glad it went well!! I'm sure the sense of really seeing without lifelong glasses is amazing.

Your last paragraph made me laugh. I have often wished for such a thing.

Fieldfleur said...

So glad to hear! Now you can go hunting too w/o those binoculars. :)