Monthly Archives: December 2011

Lasik: Results!

I’m amiss! I realized tonight that I haven’t updated my readers on the results of my Lasik procedure.

You guys, I’m in love! Seriously – I can’t preach about this procedure enough!

First: The procedure itself is out of a sci-fi movie. From going to the back and popping the magic pill until I walked out the door ready to go home took all of 40 minutes.

I didn’t think that the Valium had taken hold until they said “April, are you ready to go?” and I said in the most nonchalant way manageable: “Yeah, let’s do it.”

They took me back and doc explained everything step-by-step. I’d elected to take the more invasive procedure since it had a less occurrence of side effects. I appreciated the information.

“April I’m going to put some numbing drops in your eyes. Next I’m going to add a round holder to keep your eyelids open.”

Mind – this was one of the things I was most worried about. I was wondering how the hell I was supposed to get through a procedure on my eyeballs without blinking. Honestly? The eyeball-ring-holder-openers were completely comfortable. I blinked like normal but my eyes weren’t affected by it at all.

“I want you to focus on the red blinking light right there. Put your head here and rest. Now I’m going to buff off your epithelial cells. You’ll feel a little pressure.”

Truth is I didn’t feel a thing but I could tell that, essentially, my eyeballs were being filed by an eyeball-specific sanding block.

“Now you’ll see the laser start to work.”

Straight out of sci-fi you guys. It was just like those cartoons where you see an alien tracking beam shooting toward earth. Little circular lights went :: click click click :: down toward my eyeballs.

“Now I’m going to put this medicine on your eyes and it will stay there for 30 seconds until I rinse it out.”

Everything was beyond precise. I heard his medical assistant counting down from 30, but by the time he’d finished his sentence we were down to 20.

“20. . . . . 15. . . . . 10. . . . . 5. . . . . 0.”

Immediately my left eye was rinsed. The eyeball-ring-holder-opener was removed.

“Now it’s time for the right.”

The same procedure was done on my right eye. No problemo. Once it was completed on my left eye I knew I had nothing to worry about. Sure enough – everything was done in precisely the same scientific way.

I have to admit that about an hour after the procedure the pain kicked in; for several days after I was very uncomfortable – but that I expected. The more invasive procedure does that, but it was worth it to me to deal with a few more days’ pain now in order to avoid aggravation later.

I had my latest follow-up appointment last week and they reinforced what I already knew. . . at this point I can see as well as I did with my glasses. But the uber part? I still have a couple months’ healing to go so by the time I’m finished I should be seeing better than I did before my glasses!

The best part? Waking in the middle of the night and being able to see. . .

I no longer have to have my glasses in order to find my glasses. . .

It’s incredible!

Mommy Tips: Organizational Ideas

I’m gathering all the handy tips and tricks I learn and putting them on my blog so that you can use them – and so that I can pull them up and remember them when it’s time! I’ll be updating these as I find more handy info.

  • Store linens inside their own pillowcases to keep track of matches (and it looks more organized as well)
  • Re-use Wet Ones wipes containers to store plastic grocery bags
  • Store plushy toys by attaching a velcro strip to the wall
  • Attach a couple wires to the ceiling and store your rolls of wrapping paper above them
  • Put magnetic strips on the insides of your medicine cabinet doors to store bobby pins, tweezers, clippers, etc.
  • Bread tags make great cord labels to organize your office space
  • Install a tension rod to hang spray bottles

 

Mommy Tips: Cleaning Ideas

I’m gathering all the handy tips and tricks I learn and putting them on my blog so that you can use them – and so that I can pull them up and remember them when it’s time! I’ll be updating these as I find more handy info.

  • Disguise scrapes and scratches in furniture by rubbing a walnut over them
  • Remove crayon from your TV or computer screen with WD40
  • Baby powder will remove sand from your skin easily
  • Find lost earrings by covering your vacuum hose with a stocking
  • Clean out your filing cabinet (credit to LifeOrganizers.com):
    • Keep tax returns and backup tax documentation seven years
    • Keep personal health records indefinitely including:
      • Physicians’ contact info
      • Medical history
      • Prescriptions / prescribed treatments
      • Exception: Sickness-specific records should be kept 5 years unless those were claimed on your taxes
    • Keep life insurance policies three years past their expiration dates
    • Keep medical insurance information five years including bills / statements
    • Keep warranty paperwork until:
      • Item is discarded or
      • Warranty expires
    • Keep repair bills / contracts ten years
    • Keep only your current year’s pay stubs; they may be thrown away when you get your last check stub; keep that one indefinitely in order to review your W2
    • Keep bank statements only three months
    • Keep credit card statements three months
    • Keep utility bills for three months
    • Keep mortgage statements for seven years past payoff

Mommy Tips: Kitchen and Cooking Ideas

I’m gathering all the handy tips and tricks I learn and putting them on my blog so that you can use them – and so that I can pull them up and remember them when it’s time! I’ll be updating these as I learn more handy info.

  • Pop the green “cap” off strawberries by poking a straw through the bottom of the berry and pushing the cap upwards
  • Secure cut apples closed with a rubber band in order to keep them from browning in your lunchbox
  • Bake cupcakes in ice cream cones
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