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9 hours ago, Panopticon said:

My mom had one eye done in late 2020 and the other in early 2021, so both during the pandemic. She was much more frustrated by the logistics of the multiple appointments (difficult scheduling due to Covid, weather-related complications, sheer number of check-ins needed) than anything else. She was barely physically affected and basically went about her usual business. 

”Mom, I told you I would cook.”

”I know, but I’m bored.”

”Can you even see well enough to do that?”

”Well, everything’s tinged blue through the eye they’ve already done and yellow through the eye they haven’t done yet. It’s interesting.” 

I got cataracts removed from both eyes during the summer of 2020, and while it did involve multiple appointments, all went smoothly. I was legally blind without my contacts previously, and when the doctor removed my cataracts, he inserted special lenses in my eyes (permanently) and now for the first time in my life, I can see without contacts or glasses! I do need reading glasses to see up close. But modern medicine can sometimes work miracles.

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19 hours ago, Jeeves said:

I'm glad the National Guard is really helping. Thanks for that report. A heartfelt tip of my hat to all medical/hospital staff. Truly. Thank you all. From the bottom of my heart.

I'd thought that by now (mid-January) I would be enjoying an extended road trip in the warmth of the desert Southwest (AZ), to get a break from Denver winters. I'm not worried about getting dangerously ill with COVID; I'm vaxxed and boosted although I'm old. But I'm aware that hospitals (and I think the medical care system in general) everywhere are just so full and stressed right now. I'd rather not risk getting sick or injured while far away from home with things as they are. I'm hanging out here in town for awhile longer. 

In the meantime I've been exploring the possibilities of taking some Amtrak trips later in the year. Which has led me to railcams and train watching via YouTube. A new hobby. 

My husband and I have taken a couple of Amtrak trips, in a roomette. That gave us the comfort and privacy we craved along with socializing with fellow travelers at mealtimes and in the observation car. I don't know what it's like now during COVID, but we really enjoyed traveling that way. I'd like to eventually do a train trip in Canada.  Internet was spotty on Amtrak, but we had books, games and whatever we had downloaded to keep us entertained. And there's always scenery, except at night, when we slept like babies as the train rocked along!

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17 hours ago, sixlets said:

Does anyone have any recent experience with cataract surgery?  My mom found out this week that her vision has drastically changed so much in 6 months, that she'll be needing it sooner rather than later.  I'm worried about her being by herself through it.  I know she has folks that can take her to the various appointments, but since my dad passed away, she's alone.  Between Covid and my own health issues, it's looking like I cannot be with her.  Chances are, I'm going to be needing 3 or 4 specialist appointments between the beginning of February and end of May.  Sometimes it sucks to be an only child.

I just got off the phone with my old boss, who recently had cataract surgery on both eyes. She was ecstatic about the results and she said the process was fantastic and the actual surgery was over before she knew it. If your Mom goes to a fairly busy practice, I think she'll have people assisting who are very professional and kind. I hope she's as happy with the results as my friend is! I think it was 1 or 2 weeks between surgeries and she wound up with better vision than she'd had in years!

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1 minute ago, BetyBee said:

I just got off the phone with my old boss, who recently had cataract surgery on both eyes. She was ecstatic about the results and she said the process was fantastic and the actual surgery was over before she knew it. If your Mom goes to a fairly busy practice, I think she'll have people assisting who are very professional and kind. I hope she's as happy with the results as my friend is! I think it was 1 or 2 weeks between surgeries and she wound up with better vision than she'd had in years!

I had about a week between surgeries, but my vision was excellent by the next day. It’s truly a miracle procedure .

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Love having cataract surgery.  I paid for the lenses, instead of the ones offered by insurance, and don't need anything but readers, but hated the readers (on and off) so eye doctor gave me a prescription for glasses with no correction on top, progressing to reading strength on bottom.  I love them.  I have worn glasses since I was 7 years old and never cared about going without glasses.  But the vision change is nothing short of a miracle.  Both my procedures were easy peasy, no pain, no real recovery except drops.  I had the second one done on a Thursday and went to Mexico on Saturday.  My restrictions were "don't lift your own suitcase, don't bend forward for a few days, and don't get seawater in your eyes".  So I had a wonderful trip, brought the drops, no problems.  Highly recommend.

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Thank you all so much for the surgery info.  I spoke with her today, and she's actually looking forward to it.  She's been wearing contacts since I was born and had glasses since early childhood.  She'll be 69 in a few weeks and is remarkably healthy.  My in-laws both had cataract surgery last year, and they were both so glad they did it, save for the timing of Covid.  She'll be going to the same practice they went to, and it's one of the largest and best known in the area.  At least she won't have to travel into Pittsburgh for anything. After talking to her today and reading your posts, I'm feeling better about not being able to be with her.  Thank you all again!

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