Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Rite of Passage

There are times in ones' life that are considered "rites of passage", such as graduating from high school or college, getting your driver's license, getting your own apartment, getting married, having children, starting a career, or retirement, playing with grandchildren. I've reached all of those milestones and then some.  As of yesterday I can add another "rite of passage" to my list, cateract surgery. The only problem with this "rite" is that it means my body is aging. I'm not too excited about that of course. It gets me to wondering what's next. Knee and hip replacements, incontinence, false teeth, hearing aids ????? 

In my mind I'm still that young, cute little brunette my husband fell in love with. Then I look in the mirror.  Reality sets in big time. Oh well, as they say, what's the alternative.  Anyway, the surgery was a breeze. Much easier than getting a filling at the dentist, but way more expensive.  The total time for the whole process was around an hour and a half. The surgery itself was a little under ten minutes. They had us lined up on beds ready to wheel one right after the other into the operating room. I felt like I was on an assembly line. Don't get me wrong, they were very nice and considerate considering how many they had done that day. While I was in there I asked if the doctor could go ahead and give me an eyelid lift while he was at it. Hey, it was worth a try.


Have you seen little old ladies going around wearing sunglasses like these?  Thank goodness I just have to wear them outside for a week and then I will be free of glasses forever, except when I read. Then I'll be like one of those little old ladies wearing a necklace to hold my reading glasses around my neck so I won't lose them. At the rate I'm going it won't be long and I'll be knocking on the door of a nursing home!

Christine

9 comments:

Carol said...

Glad to hear your surgery went well. During the last year I have really come to realize that growing old isn't for sissies.

Smiles,
Carol

Gloria said...

My hubs had that surgery a few months back. Now in Nov., he is getting an eyelid lift cause his eylids hinder his seeing properly. And Lady, we are NOT getting old, just BETTER! LOL Personally, I will be glad when my cataracs get bigger, so I can have the surgery and no longer wear glasses for distance!!!

Miz Liz said...

You have a long ways to go before your checking into a nursing home silly!! You look Great!!! :)

Ina in Alaska said...

I've heard that cataract surgery is pretty stressless- same with Lasik which I had in 2005- I was surprised about how easy that was as well. Glad yours went well!

I can't say for sure but I believe I have arthritis in one leg. Woke up one morning with my right leg all achy- the ache comes & goes- oh well- we are getting on in years... Not complaining, mind you....

Mel said...

I am happy to hear that the surgery went well. I must say - you look pretty cool with those glasses on.

Sush said...

Oh I'm so relieved your surgery went well and ya know, it's a HUGE club I mean we got a whole lotta of us boomers on the team!

Hugs~

Oklahoma Granny said...

In my mind I'm still 16 - except a WHOLE lot smarter. Where did those years go? But you know - I wouldn't trade places with a 16 year old now for anything. I'm pretty happy where I'm at, at this stage of life.

Vee said...

Christine! Don't say that! Yes, I have seen these glasses. I have inherited my grandmother's pair. ☺ You are going to be so happy in a week's time when you can see so much better again and read so easily. You'll be thrilled. Did they do both eyes at the same time?

Vee said...

Just revisiting because I thought you had said such good things about your surgery, which you had. John's lined up for surgeries for cataracts in February and March. Wanted him to hear your story, well, all except for that nursing home bit. LOL!