Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, The last of life, for which the first was made: Our times are in His hand Who saith "A whole I planned, Youth shows but half; trust God: see all, nor be afraid!" - From "Rabbi Ben Ezra" by Robert Browning

Monday, May 14, 2012

Early Morning Hospital Visit and Breakfast Out

My father had cataract surgery this morning. We had to be there at 6:30 a.m.! I couldn't believe it! But Dad was first in, and his surgery was over quickly.

The surgery went really well. It's remarkable how far medicine has come in just the last 50 years. When I was a small child, my grandmother Carroll had cataracts, and she wore those very thick "coke bottle" glasses. She still could see very little. I can remember my mother trying to point out a bird in the garden, and although grandmother was saying, "Yes, yes, I see it," it was obvious she couldn't. Now, they remove the lens and replace it! I don't know what they replace it with, but its fantastic. My mother had both eyes done a few years ago, and this makes both eyes for my father. Now? His vision is nearly perfect!

In recovery after surgery
After the surgery, Dad felt well enough to go out to breakfast, so we went to IHop. I don't get to go to IHop very often at all! Well, I've been three times since February (with a guest, after John's dental, and today), but before that? Years!

So we got home, and it's been quiet all day. All of us took a nap at some point, trying to catch up on the sleep we lost early this morning.

We're out early again tomorrow morning. Gotta take Dad to the doctor's office to get the patch removed. He'll be using drops for a while, but he isn't having any pain, and his vision will be just great within a week!

A hospital volunteer escorted Dad to the curb
Personally, I'm hoping Dad's vision will be improved by Wednesday. That's his birthday, and John and I are going to take him to a family-oriented pool hall for hot dogs and a few games.

Dad used to play pool often, and he was a real shark! It's going to be a surprise, so don't say anything! I'm hoping that once he has been there and played a few games, that he'll want to go back on a regular basis. It will give him something to do every once in a while, and keep him active.

On another topic, Maggie is doing great! She's practically her old self, and can't figure out why she is getting to stay inside all the time. We have to take her back to the vet tomorrow, so I'll give you an update on her condition tomorrow evening.

Have a good evening, and take care of yourselves!


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