Aww…some Monday’s Music Moves Me

Aww Mondays

I went for a walk on a local trail in our area to photograph some fall color. I spotted these leaves in the crotch of a tree and when I got close I found this little fellow.

Cataract Surgery D-Day + 1

Last Wednesday I had my first cataract surgery and I can report that my distance vision is greatly improved. My eyesight was getting worse, and I was just starting to see a little yellow tint in everything and my night vision made it uncomfortable to drive in heavy traffic after dark. Street signs were becoming increasingly difficult to read…even highway exit signs were not as clear as they should have been.

My visit to the ophthalmologist revealed that I had a cataract in each eye and it was time to remove them. The process is pretty incredible. I showed up at the eye surgery center at 8:00 a.m. By 8:30 I had been checked in, taken back to my “ready room”, given a couple of rounds of eye drops to cleanse and numb the eye and they give you an IV to calm all of your nerves.

They rolled me into the surgery suite and the fun began. You can’t really see anything. They shine a very bright light in your eye and blocks out all surrounding distractions. What you see is something similar to a kaleidoscopic light show. They make two very small incisions in your eye. Then they use the mini version of the process for removing gall stones or kidney stones by blasting the cataract then vacuuming it out through one of the small incisions. Once the cataract is removed, they insert a new lens which is very soft an pliable. It is folded like a taco, inserted through the incision then unfolded inside the eye. That light show you see is all of these things happening right before your very eye!!! The surgery takes 15 – 20 minutes, so I was done and out the door before 9:30.

Today my distance vision is greatly improved and I am told it will still get a little better over the next couple of days. When both surgeries are complete I probably will not need glasses for distance vision and only cheap reading glasses for close work…like threading that fishing line through the eye of the hook. Based on these early results of my first procedure, I am looking forward to my second surgery and even better vision that I have had in decades. This is coming from someone who refuses to wear contacts because I hate things close to my eyes. If you have been told that you need cataract surgery, go for it. It will change your life.

Monday’s Music Moves Me

This week the theme at 4M is our choice, so in keeping with my vision theme I think I’ll find a few songs about eyes, sight and vision. In recent free choice weeks I have focused on inspirational music and what could be more inspirational than I Saw The Light!

All of us have been told at one time or another that only the strong are able to face and work out their own problems while only the weak go running for help in every situation. I have found that it all depends on where you run to and who you look for. I have learned that in every situation the best thing for me to do is to run to my Heavenly Father and tell Him, “I Look To You.” He is my source of strength, wisdom, courage, love, honor and respect. The very first chapter of the very first book of Scripture tells us that we are made in the image of our Creator. He is our Father and we can rely on His Word in every circumstance, so when life makes you want to run and hide, get on your knees and take your problem to the Savior and tell Him, “I Look To You.”

Scripture is filled with the testimony of God’s love for His children. God loves even those who hate Him and have no use for the things of the All Mighty. Christ did not die on a cross just for Christians. He died for everyone but only those who accept His gift of eternal life will know the joy of spending eternity in a place designed and built especially for each of us who follow Him. We can rest assured that His Eye Is On The Sparrow. Have a blessed week.

19 thoughts on “Aww…some Monday’s Music Moves Me

  1. What a great find in that tree. Beautiful.

    Wednesday I go for my second cataract surgery. I agree, nothing to it and your vision is so much better. The think I noticed is all the colors I was missing before the surgery. I’m looking forward to getting that wonderful vision too.

    Love the videos. You and I like the same kinds of music.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. 🙂

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  2. yogiabb

    Congratulations on your successful procedure!! Modern medicine is a continuing miracle to me. Amazing how clever the surgeons are. I am told I have the beginnings of cataracts but no need to do anything now but I am sure that I will be there soon.

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    1. Over the past year I have been stunned by what is possible through modern medicine. To think that my surgery last year lasted 6 hours and I my entire abdominal cavity was open, only to walk out of the hospital seven days later. Are you kidding me!!? And now, delicate eye surgery takes less than half an hour and vision is greatly improved in less than 24 hours. What a day in which we live.

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  3. Hooray for surgery and having it work so well! How i wish i could do that, my cataracts are getting worse. The problem of the working poor with limited insurance and doctors who don’t want to take what you have, oh well. That’s just something else to bring to the Lord!

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    1. As long as you stay with standard lenses, the cost is minimal if not free. Putting in the multi-focal lenses is pricey. I had the standard lens put in place and I can live with the occasional reading glasses from Walmart.

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  4. That little creature in the leaves is so cute! Cataract surgery can be a life changer. Mom had monovision lasik a few years ago, also while she was awake with the surgery being done on her eye. She finds the procedure itself really hard because you have to keep your eyes open the whole time, but she would do it again too. Hope your second eye comes out just as well as the first.

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    1. Finding the caterpillar was a special treat during my woodsy walk about photo shoot.
      They now numb the eye and give you something in a IV to keep you calm during the procedure. You don’t go to sleep, but you’re not fully aware of everything that’s going on. They also have little rings that they can place to assist in keeping the eye open. It’s a small miracle.

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  5. You have such good taste in music my friend, and you know just when to bring out the BIG GUNS!!! “I look to you”… what a absolutely fabulous song especially today for me! I’ve been rather down lately, so I thought maybe the Lord would light up my life and as always He has, and your song was just the frosting on my cake! Thank you my friend. Thank you so much. I’m very happy for you that your surgery went well. So tell me do you have sparkly eyes now??? My mother had that done and she had sparkly eyes after that, which only made her even more beautiful and intriguing. She was such a sweetie & I sure do miss her! So happy yours turned out well my friend. Way ta go!!!

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  6. “I Look To You” was new to me, even though I have been a Selah fan for years. When I heard this song I immediately fell in love with it. The first 30 seconds just took by breath away.
    Somehow, I think I am past the sparkly eye phase of life so I will just settle for better vision. Have a blessed week.

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