CATARACTS ARE NOT ONE OF THE FUN PARTS OF GETTING OLDER

Yesterday, Tuesday, I went to the eye doctor to have the cataract that’s been developing in my left eye looked at. As I expected, considering how much of a problem it has become, the verdict is that it needs to be removed. And, although it hasn’t been obvious from the inside yet, the same process has started in the right eye too. So, we will be scheduling the surgery, first on the left, and then a few weeks later, on the right. I won’t go into the details of the procedure, but it is done as outpatient and is considered one of the most common and low risk surgeries. I’m not too freaked out about it so far since I’ve been expecting it to be needed for some time.

The thing that is currently worrisome is transportation. The doctor’s office and the hospital for the surgery (they are next to each other) are 40 miles (64 Km) from home and driving home after the surgery and to and from the followup the next day would be a really bad idea. Its not general anesthesia, but they do give a sedative to relax you, and I remember when I had Xanax for oral surgery and how loopy that was. Besides, driving does work best if the driver can actually see. So, I have to get that figured out once I have the dates and times. That’s the real challenge. As one who has always preferred the role of care giver, the idea of asking friends and acquaintances to volunteer to drive feels strange. There are other options, but somehow it also feels important to allow that vulnerability.

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2 thoughts on “CATARACTS ARE NOT ONE OF THE FUN PARTS OF GETTING OLDER

    1. Thanks so much for the encouragement, Thelma. I have begun and also now have the dates scheduled, so things will come together.

      This whole process has got me thinking about all the controversy going on about health care. I’m fortunate that I have the resources of savings and credit (and, Medicare) to not have to worry about the cost of all this, but there are so many who don’t or whose coverage is threatened. Even though cataract surgery is considered an elective, vision, like mobility, is so essential to maintaining independence and quality of life as we age, it hurts to think there are those whose circumstances could force them to forgo such treatment.

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