I’m Keeping An Eye On You


No good deed ever goes unpunished. 😯

A young man was convicted of a crime, and sentenced to prison. Shortly after arriving, he became well-known to the prison infirmary. First, his tonsils got infected, and had to be removed, then he jammed his little finger in a press in the prison work-room, and had to have it amputated. His appendix swelled up and almost burst before they operated on him. Finally, he had to go to the prison dentist to have his wisdom teeth pulled.

The Warden followed him in and stood in front of the chair. “I’m onto you Mister! Don’t think that I don’t know what you’re up to. You’re trying to sneak out of here, one little piece at a time.”

Gravity Well

And so it is with me. I had the retina of my right eye operated on, back around New Years. I was told to come back in about 6 weeks for a follow-up, and if things had gone well, I might have the left eye done also. Things went well. The film on the retina had caused a divot which made words and letters fall in, like the Black Hole gravity well above.

The eye still has blurry spots, but is expected to continue to improve. Re-examination of the left eye shows that it can be ignored for some time. HOWEVER….

I was told to go to my local Ophthalmologist after another 6 weeks for a final check-up. Tests last year showed the merest of beginnings of cataracts in both eyes. When she examined them, she was happy with the surgical results, only….

After the Optical Surgeon poked three needles into the right eye, some of the vitreous humor fluid leaked out, and got on the lens. Apparently, this can stimulate the development of cataracts. Now I am scheduled to go to a local hospital, Thursday, June 13th, to have her peel off cataracts which are developing on the right eye and which made me think that the first operation was not completely successful.


First I told my pharmacist that a guy had stuck three needles into my eye. Now I told her that someone is going to use a medical potato peeler to strip off cloudy surface lens material. She is astounded that I can so calmly joke about such a thing. That’s just the way I deal with potentially stressful situations. There’s no sense brooding about it, and driving up my blood pressure. Making fun of it makes it less frightening.

During the first operation, my head was reclined almost upside-down, and all work was done below my field of vision.  For this one, she’ll be coming directly at me.  I wonder how disconcerting that will be.  😯

Like before, I may be incommunicado for a while, but, like Arnie The Terminator – “I’ll be back.” See you then – I hope.   😎

White Cane

14 thoughts on “I’m Keeping An Eye On You

  1. Jo says:

    Good luck!


  2. Kenneth T. says:

    “There’s no sense brooding about it, and driving up my blood pressure. Making fun of it makes it less frightening.”

    *** my thoughts exactly ~ibcnu


  3. Rivergirl says:

    I’m cringing just reading this and seriously hope I never have to go through anything similar. Knock me out, cut me open… no problem. Come near my eyes? I scream.


    • Archon's Den says:

      I’m like you – and probably a lot of other people. Cut the body? Okay. I even had a hernia support put in with only a local. The eyes are a different proposition. I’m like the Little Engine That Could. I keep telling myself – you can do this, you can do this, you can do this – screaming only distracts the surgeon. 😯

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  4. JIM WHEELER says:

    You’ve got my sympathy, Arcon. I too have the beginnings of cataracts, but so far it isn’t really a problem. My Doc says I’m a candidate for lens replacement but I’m not going there until I have to. About 30 years ago I had a period of about 9 months during which I had episodes of “recurrent corneal abrasion.” Painful and debilitating, cause unknown. It stopped of it’s own, not due to any treatment. The thought of it returning . . . Aargh!

    Good luck with your operation. I’m a little surprised your docs don’t want to simply replace the lens.


    • Archon's Den says:

      I took my Scotties to the vet today. He says that he does basically the same operation on dogs. Surgeons use a single probe like the original doctor did, and use directed sonic energy to ‘dissolve’ the lens, and then slip in a ‘contact lens’ insert. It won’t develop more cataracts, and improves vision, so I may actually get a new lens, and better vision, out of this. 😀


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