by pennifold 05 Apr 2017

Good morning Cuties. Well, I've been and had my first eye surgery this morning. Had to be at hospital at 6.15am.

I was second on the list as the lady before me was a full blown Diabetic and needed to get hers done before me so she could get her insulin levels right.

I went in to surgery at 7.50am and was finished by 8.15. It's amazing, I've had a Stent, trifocal lenses, cataract removal and laser surgery! I look like a Pirate with my eye patch on. The eye and forehead is still numb, but I didn't feel a thing. I saw lots of shapes and the image of an outline of the surgeon etc. but it was all blurry. I go back tomorrow morning for a check and have to put eye drops in for a month. The other eye will be done next Thursday, but I'll have to wait till the Tuesday to have it checked as it's Easter.

Because I have Glaucoma the installation of the stent is to keep the pressure down. Amazing that this sort of micro surgery is available now and I thank God this system has been invented. Can't drive for a couple of days, but should be fine for Palm Sunday.

1. Me with my Eyepatch - sans makeup!!
2. The Stent that was placed in my eye - as you can see it's minute - it's on the top of the finger!

Love Chris


by sebsews 09 Apr 2017

I hope you have wonderful results! Hugs, Suzanna

by jrob Moderator 08 Apr 2017

Sorry I missed all of this, but I'm glad you are fine and it was a success. I'll pray for your glaucoma to stay at bay for many, many years.

by basketkase 08 Apr 2017

Was a year ago mine were done, fortunately I don't have the glaucoma issue, but looks like they have great options for that now......looking good, Chris and soon you will be able to see how good you look!!

by designgirl 07 Apr 2017

Ahoy, Matie. You look great even without makeup. Hope you have a speedy recovery. Hugs and Love Lynn

by heleninca 07 Apr 2017

Looking good!! I wish I looked as good without makeup. And you have great hair. Tuesday I had my eyelids done and I look like a red punch drunk raccoon. Gets more glorious by the day.

by irenewayne 07 Apr 2017

Hi Chris, just saw your post (I had an app with ENT specialist & also had a CT scan done) so didn't get to catch up until now, hope you feel better today & next surgery goes as well. Take care. Irene

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pennifold by pennifold 07 Apr 2017

Thanks Irene, I hope your ENT appointment went well too.
I feel fantastic and it's a perfectly gorgeous Autumnal day here in Newcastle today. I hope the weather is kind to you up north. And how about our poor Queenslander cousins too, what a lot of rain they have experienced. Love Chris

by elemausi 07 Apr 2017

Best wishes for you, you will have eyes as an eagle (german saying) after a few days.
Love Bärbel

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pennifold by pennifold 07 Apr 2017

Thanks Bärbel, yes, I understand exactly what you mean. I've always had pretty good long vision and my Mum always tells me I have eyes like that. Love Chris

by sewdeb 07 Apr 2017

So sorry, Chris, I just saw this or I would have written sooner. I had oral surgery yesterday and have been really "out of it". I pray for a total success from your procedure and you have a speedy recovery. Love, Deb

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pennifold by pennifold 07 Apr 2017

Wow, there's been a lot of us having surgery. I hope your surgery was successful. I worked for a Dentist for 10 years, was it dental? Good luck with your recovery too. I'm feeling fantastic, so can't wait for the Left eye surgery next Thursday. Love Deb

by fabricfairy 07 Apr 2017

Hi Chris ,Having had this done 2 years ago I know how you feel , my lenses took away my need for glasses altogether, after wearing them for 45 years , now I can see to thread the smallest needle and even unpick black on black at night , I was so pleased with myself ....modern medicine .Aren't we glad we live in these times , having one eye didn't slow me down for a minute . Happy sewing , Cathy (Perth)

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pennifold by pennifold 07 Apr 2017

Thanks for that information Cathy. I was so impressed as this evening I went out to take the washing off the line and looked at the street light across the back of our reserve, which is in a cul-de-sac and there was no halo around it. Yeah!!!! I came in and told Trevor straight away and that's only 1 day after surgery. Love Chris

by mariagiannina 07 Apr 2017

Hi Chris, I've sent you a PM.

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pennifold by pennifold 07 Apr 2017

Thanks Maria, yes, I've just seen it and replied to you. Love Chris

by shirley124 06 Apr 2017

Wow! some eye patch. i wish you a speedy recovery. Hugs Shirley

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pennifold by pennifold 07 Apr 2017

Thanks Shirley, everything is perfect. I've been to see the Doctor this morning and he is thrilled with his work and how well the operation went. He said for someone who had eye surgery only yesterday I'm doing remarkably well. I know that I had lots of love, prayers and help!!!! Love Chris

by sdrise 06 Apr 2017

Wow you went through the gambit! You look fabulous me dear With or without Make up!! Hopefully all this will give you great vision! Prayers are always with you and the family!

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pennifold by pennifold 06 Apr 2017

Thanks Suzanne, I hope this will help too. I'm sure you are aware that there is no cure for Glaucoma. So hopefully this procedure will help me have my sight for a long time. Love Chris

by mechille 06 Apr 2017

So glad you did well and pray it works well. Hope your next one goes just as well. :)

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pennifold by pennifold 06 Apr 2017

Thanks Mechille, I hope so too. Love Chris

by mrskiki 06 Apr 2017

Who needs makeup when you are so beautiful without! Congrats and prayers and good wishes for the next one. Hugs. Nan W

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pennifold by pennifold 06 Apr 2017

Aah, now I'm blushing. Thanks Nan, I hope the next one goes as well as this one. I had a lot of prayers being said from my family and close friends. I should have asked you guys on here too, but it's been very hectic with our family life at the moment! Love Chris

by michemb 06 Apr 2017

Your a tough cookie, surgery in the morning and as I can see, sewing in the afternoon. Happy it went well and good luck with the next one on Thursday.

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pennifold by pennifold 06 Apr 2017

Ha ha ha, you can't keep a good woman down as the saying goes. I only did one thing and the machine as you know does most of it and because I only am using white it's easy. Love Chris

by marianb 06 Apr 2017

Glad to see you don't have after surgery pain. I also have Glaucoma but mine isn't as bad as yours, I only have monthly injections in my eye to reduce the pressure at least for the time being..

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pennifold by pennifold 06 Apr 2017

Wow, Marian, I have never had needles, I had some laser surgery back in 2012 and 2015, but never monthly needles. My MIL used to have needles in her eyes and a specialist went to Canberra every 2 months to see his patients. Love Chris

by gerryvb 06 Apr 2017

well you do look like a lovely pirate indeed. Hope everything will turn out great, and you will recover soon. Bye the way : what are you doing in that crafting room, I even can see the embroidery machine is on, are not you supposed to rest or take it easy some days? hugs/love Gerry

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pennifold by pennifold 06 Apr 2017

Hi Gerry, yes, well, I was doing some typing for church and thought I may as well put the machine on whilst doing some working. Trev was home with me till 500pm then went to work at TAFE (Technical and Further Education) to go teach his students. At least I got one square done! Love Chris

by mariagiannina 06 Apr 2017

All the best in your recovery Chris. It's amazing what they can do these days - that stent is so tiny!

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pennifold by pennifold 06 Apr 2017

Thanks Maria yes it is tiny but when you consider it's in your eye well then it's got to be small. ❤️ Chris

by Barbaric 06 Apr 2017

I wish you a speedy recovery

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pennifold by pennifold 06 Apr 2017

Thanks Barbara (?). I hope so too. ❤️ Chris

by cfidl 06 Apr 2017

Wow! that is small! These new technologies are totally amazing. So glad you are doing well.

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pennifold by pennifold 06 Apr 2017

Thanks Chris I freaked when I saw the magnified stent and then realised it was microscopic!! ❤️ Chris

by Sewmum1 06 Apr 2017

Amazing and you are back in your sewing room recovering I see! Modern medicine is amazing.

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pennifold by pennifold 06 Apr 2017

Yes it is amazing and absolutely no pain! I had the surgery at 7.50 this morning and it's only a little while off 12 hours since I was there and I have no pain whatsoever. ❤️ Chris

by crafter2243 Moderator 06 Apr 2017

Glad it went well........What are you doing with a measuring tape around your neck and being in your sewing room? Trying to work with only the vision of one eye? Hug. Hope the bandage will come of soon.

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pennifold by pennifold 06 Apr 2017

Hi Angie I was doing some measurements for a company I bought an outfit from and I bought the wrong size, so they wanted to know my measurements. I couldn't just sit and do nothing today anyway. ❤️ Chris

by lbrow 05 Apr 2017

Glad everything went well Chris. /Lillian

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pennifold by pennifold 06 Apr 2017

Thanks Miss Lillian so am I!! ❤️ Chris

by katydid 05 Apr 2017

Wish you the best of luck. Did you get a lens implant?

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pennifold by pennifold 06 Apr 2017

Yes Kay that's what my Opthalmologist suggested. I also had the stent. I hope everything works. ❤️ Chris

by sewist1 05 Apr 2017

Having my second one done on Saturday. I am having the stent as well.
Hope you notice a big difference when you remove the patch.

pennifold by pennifold 06 Apr 2017

Thanks Helen I hope so too. Good luck with your forthcoming surgery. ❤️ Chris

sewist1 by sewist1 06 Apr 2017

Thanks Chris, I have had two courses of laser for the glaucoma as I didn't tolerate the drops. Anyway it is much more convenient than having to carry a cooler bag for the drops when you travel.
I had a very red eye last time so hope that doesn't happen again.

by graceandham 05 Apr 2017

That's our girl - still smiling that great big welcoming smile! Prayers for fast and good recovery!

pennifold by pennifold 06 Apr 2017

Thanks Betsey I hope it will heal soon. At least I don't look like Mum did when she was done just last year. She was black and blue for 3 weeks!!! ❤️ Chris

sewist1 by sewist1 06 Apr 2017

Is your mum on blood thinners or aspirin at all?

by toogie 05 Apr 2017

What will they think of next. I am amazed at all medical science can do and like you thankful too. I have had both eyes cataract surgery and have both surgeries on video. Caleb and Taylor watched it a few weeks ago. When the dr explained the first surgery he said you will be semi awake and I stopped him right there. I said No I don't want to be. He said I would only be 'awake' enough to follow commands. In the video he will say look up or look down & I do it but don't remember anything. I was wearing bifocals before and now just wear readers for sewing and reading. I hope these surgeries are successful for you. You look great with or without makeup- Toogie

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pennifold by pennifold 05 Apr 2017

Thanks Toogie, I was very apprehensive about this surgery, and was hoping to get it done after the wedding in May. The doctor suggested I get it done before then as the costs are rising up again. I never thought of having the surgery videos, that would have been fun!

I felt absolutely nothing, and yes, the science behind it is amazing. I'm just not allowed to lift anything heavy for a couple of days and use the eye drops. I don't mind that as I'm used to having things on my eyes re make up etc. Thanks for you lovely comment about me not wearing makeup, I appreciate that. I do look after my skin as I've said before the sun damages you so much here in Aus.

I think I'll still have to use glasses too for close work, will wait and see. I may have to have new ones, I'm not sure. I'll keep you posted. Love Chris

by noah 05 Apr 2017

Woewwwwww Chris take care i had mine done and i hate them the glare is killing me*** they should of used an anti glare lens and didn't now lights really bug me****

toogie by toogie 05 Apr 2017

It will get better Carolyn. I said it was like seeing prisms and the kids said they could see my lens when the light hit my eyes. Did bother me for awhile but now okay.

pennifold by pennifold 05 Apr 2017

I hear you Carolyn, I never go outside without sunglasses. I worked for the Cancer Council for 7 years and saw terrible things, so am very aware of the damage and especially here in Australia. We have the highest cases of Skin Cancer, Melanomas etc. in the world. The glare from our sun is real glary too, so I'm well aware of that. Thanks for your warning. Love Chris

noah by noah 05 Apr 2017

glad to hear that but Toogie it is 2 years and no better:(:(