Thursday, April 9, 2015

Three weeks

It has been three weeks since my eye surgery, and my eyes seem to have settled down pretty well. I can see to drive, play Ultimate, and pretty much everything else.

The only annoying bit is clearly seeing my computer screen. My next appointment isn't for another couple of weeks, but I'm going to guess that my eyes didn't settle to the same place, and computer-screen distance is the distance at which they have the most trouble working together. I can still do work, it's just noticeably tiring to get my eyes to focus together for long periods of time.

Millie doesn't mind taking extra walk breaks, though, and I'm more inclined to do some spring workouts in anticipation of the forthcoming Ultimate season. Now if only the weather would cooperate.

Monday, March 23, 2015

By the numbers

Firstly, random Hawaii photo. No good photos of Sam and I together exist from our Hawaii trip. So it goes.

Secondly, yesterday was as bad as Saturday, but in a different way. Less discomfort, but more light sensitivity. I wish I liked listening to basketball more, because yesterday would have been great. Instead, I was very bored.

Today, the doctor said my eyes are healing very well and now I just have this line across my eyes where the epithelial layers growing across have met each other. That should smooth out in the next 36 hours, and I'll have a decent idea of what my final sight should be like.

Right now my vision is approximately 20/50. Do you know what that means? I did not, so I asked. 20/20 means that you can see at 20 feet away what a normal person sees as 20 feet away. 20/50 means that you can see at 20 feet away what a normal person can see at 50 feet away. The big E on the eye chart is 20/200.

Let's put this in perspective for me. 20/50 roughly corresponds to a glasses  prescription of -1.00 to -1.25. My prescription before surgery was -9.00. That doesn't even begin to register on the 20/x scale. Nice improvement, don't you think?

Saturday, March 21, 2015

I wear my sunglasses at night

I was warned that my sight would get better, then worse, then better again. It seems that I have quickly hit the "worse" time.

Yesterday was amazingly easy. My eyes felt great, I could see so much, and the sunglasses seemed like a mere formality. Today I had a rough, painful, morning, and I've spent most of the afternoon avoiding any sort of light.

I'm hoping for just one day of this. Millie can't decide what she wants - she likes cuddling when I can't get out of bed, but she also wouldn't mind a couple of long walks.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Hello, eye protectors

I thought my doctor was trying to promote optimism when he told me that I'd be able to see the clock in the operating room as soon as I got up from surgery. He was not. I could see it. Craziness.

Until I'm back to normal, though, I get to sport these fancy taped-on eye protectors whenever I sleep, and sunglasses when I'm awake. I'm going to have a stylish weekend.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Goodbye, glasses

Millie is licking my glasses for last time, as I am getting refractive surgery, or as Sam says, "getting my eyes lasered," this afternoon.

The next time I see you, it should be without any corrective eyewear!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Two tournaments

The impetus for our Hawaii trip was that there were two Ultimate tournaments on back-to-back weekends on different islands. 

The first was a team tournament near the beach on Oahu to which my Master's team (women over the age of 30), Hot Flash, was going. Sam picked up with a Spirit team, and we all had fun playing pretty competitively during the day and partying pretty hard at night.

The second was a hat tournament on a mountain on Maui to which mostly locals and some outsiders went, we all mixed up on different teams, and we played hard, but the competition level was a bit lower. My team was short on women, so I played four games and took off a total of four points all day.

In the end, my team won the championship game, my hamstrings were taxed to their limit, and I won the MVP Award for the tournament. You can see how serious this was based on the toilet seat that was my award.

The views from the fields were fantastic, the people were great, and Sam has said more than once how this tournament was the highlight of his week. It was pretty awesome, for sure.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Missing this

Once I have time to get the photos off of my camera, I'll post some more variety, but this is what's on my phone.

I really wanted snow before I left for Hawaii, and now that I'm back in Wisconsin and the snow is still not great, I think I'd rather be back at the lagoon house enjoying this sunrise.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Last day

And this is sunrise from the mountains of Maui, looking westward out from the campsite in Kula. The campsite was accessible only by four - wheel - drive and had no running water. We're going to smell great for our plane ride home.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Animals of Hawaii

Animals I have seen in Hawaii:

Humpback whale
Puffer fish
Manta ray
Sea turtle
Parrot fish (and other tropical fish)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

On the volcano trail

Today we explored two very interesting areas: our crazy house and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Note the photo of the house. Yes, there is a huge porch with multiple outdoor eating and ocean-viewing spots. Mo has been sleeping outside on one of the couches. The geckos keep us amused while we lounge, and the fish in the lagoon catch our attention when we walk by.

Behind the house is a basketball court surrounded by lemon, grapefruit, pomelo,   orange, and banana trees as well as pineapple plants and coconut-laden palm trees. We made fresh lemonade this morning as refreshment after a few games of knockout.

In the afternoon we hiked down into the secondary caldera of Kilauea and through some old lava tubes. We waited until dark to see the glow of the primary activity, and learned that the lava flow that threatened numerous houses several months ago is mere miles from where we're staying.

There's no threat, but the proximity is making me very tempted to go searching  for some lava.