Tag: surgery recovery


As everyone knows tomorrow will be a week since my surgery and today was the first day back behind the wheel.  My eye sight is still not 100% but I made it through.  It feels so good to be able to get out of my apartment again without assistance.  I still have a lot of soreness and my vision as the day went on got more murky.  It kind of feels like I have false eyelashes on that are itchy and pinching on my eye lids.    I will see the doctor tomorrow to find out if this is normal.

This has been a challenging recuperation because with both eyes out of commission I was so limited in my activities.  I couldn’t read, write, or even really watch TV or a movie.  Luckily I had my audiobooks and I can touch type so I was able to use the internet.  My Mother and Sister came down to help me which was wonderful.

But I have to admit I got really bored.  I can only listen to audiobooks so long and sleep so long.  Especially by Friday I felt good as far as my brain but my eyes just hurt and didn’t work right.  I was itching for company.  For people to talk to and visit with.  Fortunately my friends Melissa and Emily came out for visits which I am super grateful for (Melissa brought me smores pie and Emily dole whips!!!).  But I must confess to being a bit disappointed that my nearly constant facebook begging didn’t result in any other visits from friends.

I really don’t take it personal as I know people are very busy, but I also  know we don’t live in a society that pays visits any more.  I don’t make visits.  I schedule meetings with friends but almost never go over to just talk with someone. It is always involving some kind of meal or activity. Never just a visit.

In Victorian days making house calls or visits was a primary activity of ladies.  Especially whenever big events happened like births or deaths visits were expected to be attempted.  If the lady of the house refused the visitor or was not at home a calling card like our modern business cards would be left.  This social exchange of visiting and leaving cards was incredibly complicated. Here are some of the rules:

When making a call a lady does not remover her bonnet or wraps

The formal calls should be made in the morning and never during meal times.

No topic of a political or religious nature shall be admitted into conversation

sewing or needlework need not necessarily be laid aside during the visit

A call should not be prolonged over an hour.

When it is impossible to attend a dinner or social gathering a call should be made soon afterwards to express regret

You get the idea…

I’m not saying I would enjoy stuffy, starched visits full of social protocol but the idea of receiving visitors into my home is very appealing.  I think it is something we have lost in our scheduled modern lives.  Rarely do I get  a spontaneous call or text from someone looking to hang out or visit that isn’t scheduled weeks in advance.

Everything in my life is scheduled and planned.  This is mostly my own fault because I’m extremely busy and if I don’t make time for the people I love it doesn’t happen.  Still, the notion of an unexpected visit from a friend is very appealing.

In my church we have a program called visiting teaching.  It is a system of visiting where we are assigned a girl to visit at least monthly ideally with a companion who is also assigned.  Some look at this cynically as forced friends but I’ve always really enjoyed it.  It can be a challenge but I like visiting with people in their homes.  I loved that on my mission.

Visiting teaching is also nice because it forces me to get to know people I might not otherwise get to know.  It can be tough to work out everyone’s schedules and get a visit in but I’ve always been a pretty good visiting teacher.  I like it.

I’d like to say I will do better about paying visits but I don’t see that happening . Its just not a part of modern culture.  People just don’t make visits. Sigh…

Victorian calling cards. So fun
Victorians made house calls on a regular basis.

Stamp Hoarder

So I have a confession- I am a stamp hoarder.  I have 2 huge boxes full of stamps and everything you need to stamp to my hearts content.  Now here’s the sad part- I haven’t stamped in probably 2 years.  None of my friends are really into stamping and I have been so busy that I rarely have the time to get all the stuff out.

Today I was thinking of what I could do that wouldn’t be a strain on my eyes but would be fun. Without reading or watching TV and limited company I was going a bit stir crazy!  The thought occurred to me- get out that stamping stuff and use it!

Even I was surprised at how much stuff I have.  Now in my defense I got most of it from 2 different friends who gave me their collection and one whom I paid her for it as a favor but still its a lot!

Lots of Stamps!

The funny thing is I really enjoy stamping so why don’t I do it more?  I know I have the time but somehow when it is stored away it gets forgotten.

Do any of you do this- have hobbies you enjoy and have all the stuff for but you never actually do them?  Kind of sad that it takes a blinding surgery for me to get out my stamps.  Anyone out there relate?

Stamping away

How do we make enough time to do the things we love?  And why do we buy things that we know we won’t use much if ever?  Wishful thinking?  At least I’m not as bad as some who have closets full of unfinished projects.  (I have a few but not closets full!)

If anyone wants to stamp with me I’d love it!  Or if you want to borrow stamps just come on over!   I especially have stamps for cards as that is my thing.  Not really much of a scrapbooker (especially because I never print out photos any more).

Here is the project I worked on today.  I hope to reestablish the hobby and get busy stamping!

My latest creation. Thank you cards for those who helped with my eye surgery. Isn’t that owl stamp cute?




Happy Memorial Day and Other Updates

I just wanted to post a quick random note covering a variety of topics.

1. Happy Memorial Day-  Today I would like to make a memorial to the people who have passed on in my life.  Especially my Grandpa who lived a sweet and peaceful life.  He loved all people including me and I will always love him for that.  He didn’t see me as his fat granddaughter but just his beautiful granddaughter. He is still my model for what I want to be like.  I miss him every day and I am so grateful to have had him in my life. He is my angel.

Doesn't he seem so lovable?

I would also like to pay tribute to my sweet cousin Lisa who has passed on and my cousin Riley.  I’m so grateful for my knowledge of eternal families and that those who have moved on are not gone forever.  I will see them again and the reunion will be sweet.

2. I just wanted to give a quick update on my condition.  My eye is still sore and I cannot completely open my eye.  Each day it is hurting less and less.  It is nice, with today being a holiday, I have one more day to heal before getting back to full time work.  My mom isn’t here anymore to take care of me, which is a little sad, but I’m grateful to have had her for 5 days!  My apartment feels quiet now that it is just me again. Even though I was recovering it was nice to have time to chat.  It kept my mind off of the pain and kept me from touching my eye as much.

Anyway, its still sore, red and swollen but it gets better each day.  I am also seeing double less. Hopefully I will continue to improve.  I will see the doctor on Thursday and that will be the key to see if the surgery has been effective.  Please keep those prayers coming. I don’t want to go through this again!  Some people have to get the strabismus surgery 5 or 6 times!  Hopefully I can just keep with the one surgery.   The hardest thing is to not touch it.  It itches and stings.  I’m not the greatest at keeping away from it, but I’m doing my best.  It really is irritating. Oh well!  At least it is improving each day.

I think you can see some improvement; although, I still can't open my eye completely and it is sore and red. You can see how puffy it is from me rubbing it...Bad Rachel!
here's a photo with a little more of my eye showing.
by the end of the day the eye has become pretty swollen and squinting. Tried driving. Wasn't ready

I hope you all have a great Memorial Day. Please spend a moment to remember those that have passed on.   I feel especially grateful to the servicemen who have died to protect freedom.  There has been a high cost of freedom.  Thank you with all my heart.