|Missing only a trench-coat and an eye-patch!|
I wasn't terribly surprised. This was my original appointment date for my second surgery. My initial appointment for my left eye had been scheduled and then pushed back three weeks, so I wasn't surprised that history repeated itself, but as I squelched under the withering eye of the Harvey's cashier, I thought to myself that her timing could have been slightly better.
|See, I make this patch look good!|
Finally, came the day of the second operation. I would say that I got up early, but that would imply that I spent a lot of time sleeping the night before. Even though I had gone through the eye operation once before, I was still a bit of a nervous wreck.
Which might explain why I got to the hospital forty minutes early instead of only fifteen minutes early like I did the first time around.
|Steve Nash makes this look good too!|
I was scheduled to be operated on third, but the first and second patients were trapped behind everyone else in the waiting room. I saw them both but by the time they joined me on the 4th floor, I was processed, in a gown and ready to go. That, and the fact that I am diabetic allowed me to jump the line.
|The Even Gayer Pirate!|
The first time they had sedated me. This time around, they set me up for sedation but never followed through. The surgery itself was unnerving, but not painful. I was soothed a bit by the banality of the conversation between Dr. Galic and his Saudi Arabian assistant who was complaining about having to go back to Saudi Arabia to work for a hospital there, as part of the deal where his government paid for his medical education. To be fair, what he was complaining about wasn't going back to home to serve, but going back to work for a hospital that was only willing to schedule for 4-5 operations in a month, when he was used to doing 4-5 operations before lunch!
|Doll-Man: Eye Enemy!|
Over the next 24 hours, my right eye got stronger and stronger until it was hard for me to tell the difference between my right eye and left eye. I guess after the first operation, the left eye was dramatically better than my cloudy right right away and I never noticed that the left eye got even stronger as that first day wore on.
I mentioned this to Dr. Galic when he was inspecting his handiwork the day after surgery and he grinned and commiserated sarcastically that I could only see 20/20 out of right eye. He gave me a clean bill of health eye wise, two weeks later, so other than a visit in six months to follow-up with him (and keep a preventive eye out for diabetic retinopathy), my eye surgery odyssey is virtually over.
The only hurdle left for me is to go visit my optometrist after my birthday on Canada Day to have her check what kind of reading glasses that I will need. Dr. Galic's assumption (and mine) is that I will probably only need pharmacy reading glasses, but I will still visit my optometrist to be sure. After all, it was her suggestion that started me on my eye surgery odyssey in the first place.