Archives for December 2008

We Have Tile on Our Bathroom Floor…

Okay, I hear you grumbling, “We have tile on our bathroom floor too, so…”  We’ve lived in our house since the summer of 1993.  Eliz and I picked out the tile for the master bathroom when the house was being built.  I just haven’t seen it for most of 2008.  Now I do!  After getting over the excitement of seeing the tile, I realized it doesn’t look as good as it did those 15+ years ago.

As I continue to recover, and I start to see things again more clearly than I did before the surgery, I’m reminded of that Bill Murray/Richard Dreyfuss movie What About Bob? Richard Dreyfuss’ character writes a book called “Baby Steps.”  I’m not a big fan of the movie, but baby steps are what I’m taking.  I’m hopeful that I continue to improve.  We’ll see in about 10 days when I return to Dr. Ayres for another post-op visit (this will be my third, but my first in about a month.)

I’ll have to ask Dr. Ayres about some double vision that I have been noticing recently.  I only notice it while out at night, usually while riding in the car.  From a distance, most cars seem to have four headlights and traffic lights are doubled.  In some cases, the oncoming cars have fog lights, but not all of them.  Nothing else I look at seems to be doubled (I’ve tried holding a $20 in my hand, but I only see one…  It wouldn’t help much if I saw two, but it would make me feel like I have a little extra cash 😉 )



Today I had a huge scare. Ken and I were going to run to Wachovia, Staples, and Home Depot. Eliz gave me our mortgage payment to take to the bank and some envelopes to drop in the mail. I put them in my shirt pocket while I took a couple of eye drops.

After I finished pinching my tear duct closed to keep the drop in my eye, I stood up and attempted to remove the check/mortgage stub and the envelopes out of my pocket. They weren’t coming out easy, so I looked down while I pulled up. I ended up poking myself in my eye with the corner of the envelopes and check. It hurt quite a bit. My eye teared badly and my vision was very fuzzy. I felt like I was going to be sick. I thought I had done some damage to the eye that was operated on only 11 days ago.

I wanted to go have it checked out. Eliz called our local ophthemologist, John Ruffini, and was told I could come right over. Eliz couldn’t take me, because we had someone out sick and there was nobody to man the supply portion of the business (don’t get me started on all sacrifices that we make to own our own business…) Ken offered to take me over to Taylor for my appointment.

I seems that the envelopes had caused an abrassion to my cornea, but the not too close to where the suitor is located. Dr. Ruffini told me that it wasn’t deep and didn’t affect my new 69 year old endothelia since that is the inner most part of the cornea. He took my pressure, which was under 10. The drop he gave me to numb my eye (before taking my pressure) made it feel 100% better. Between the numbing drop and the reassurance that I didn’t do serious harm to my eye, the $20 copay was well worth it. I have never been more scared about my eye than I was today.


Each day is a little better!

Wow, one week ago I came to the business for 30 minutes.  Today, I’m putting in a full day (as I have been doing since Monday…)  Every day, I can see a little bit better than the previous day.

At the beginning of the week, I didn’t feel anywhere close to 100% and my vision was still worse than before the surgery.  By Wednesday, I began feeling better physically and I was able to read things on the computer without straining for a little while.  On Thursday, with some help from Ken, I was able to modify an ad for the Daily Times.  I was very excited.  Ken had to help me with the menus in Adobe Illustrator, which I couldn’t see.  When I got home from work on Thursday, I still had trouble seeing my computer at home.  I’m not sure if it is because my eye was tired or it is because it is a Dell running Windows.  At the biz, I use an iMac (which I absolutely love!)

Yesterday, I was cruising along most of the day looking for images of Clairol color swatch image for our ecommerce site  In the early afternoon, it started to feel like something was in my eye.  I took longer breaks away from the computer.  We had an incident at 2:30 that made me, uh, a little angry (some here might say really, really, angry;) that didn’t help either.  I spent some time on the Oakworks salon bed with my eyes closed for 20 to 30 minutes.  That seemed to have helped.  I was able to spend more time on my computer at home, but it still wasn’t as sharp as the iMac.

Today has been the best yet!  I was able to clean up my first post all by myself!  My wife and I tried at home last weekend, but since I don’t WordPress like the back of my hand yet I couldn’t tell her how to edit the post.  I’ve been online looking at different beauty domains and online beauty stores. will be geared primarily to salons.  Once that launches, we would like to develop aimed at consumers looking for beauty products.  Tonight, the kids are going to see The Day the Earth Stood Still.  I’d like to see it, but my vision isn’t good enough to go yet.  I could go, but I be asking Eliz every 30 seconds, “What’s that a picture of?” or “What going on now?”  So, we’ll have dinner at Mexican Post across the street from the movies.  After that, we’ll visit my parents.  Even though we see them once a week, I’d like to see them more…