5:45 am “Are you so excited to have a laser cut open your eyes today?!” Not quite how I wanted to start my morning, but thank you so much for putting it that way, Shimoli.
6:30 am “So basically, they’re going to take your eye out of your head and then fix it, and put it back in.” No Tom, that’s actually not going to happen, but thank you for putting that very vivid image in my head.
8:45 am This feeling is worse than “night before first day of school” nerves. The only thing that seems to keep me calm is watching Nikki Phillipi’s LASIK video because I can see the whole procedure and already have a pretty good idea of what I’m about to endure. I also have had a nagging feeling that I’m going to forget something which is concerning because the office is an hour away from home…
Driving to TLC I am now OBSESSIVELY checking my heart rate on my watch. Which I knew I would do. Because now is as good a time as any to be as overdramatic as humanly possible.
Gas station stop OH MY GOD. Nikita asked me to drive so she could go on her conference call and work. People are stupid and don’t know how to drive when the snow is melting and the sun is shining. This is wild.
At TLC Honestly, it’s amazing I haven’t gotten sick yet. I am stressed. Paperwork is signed. Mom & Shim are sitting in the waiting room. Pre-op scans completed. Valium has been taken. Oh look, now they’re offering me more Valium if I feel like the first dose wasn’t strong enough. How fun. The only thing keeping me calm is watching Fixer Upper while i wait to go into the surgical suite.
In surgical suite AWWW they offered to let me hold a stuffed animal but I am a mature 25 year old that will not show these people I’m internally panicking so I opted for the stress ball. I’ve just noticed music is playing, this is calming.
Procedure starting Numbing drops applied. Why are my eyeballs tingling?? Wait now I can’t feel them. Oh look, they’ve taped my left eye closed, how fun. Um there is a big machine approaching my eye. UM THAT MACHINE IS TRYING TO PRESS MY EYEBALL OUT OF MY HEAD SOS. (10 seconds later, yes I counted) Great now they’re trying to basically remove my other eye. Um, why is the table I’m laying on moving, I wasn’t aware I was on an amusement park ride. Oh joy, they taped an eye shut again. “Okay just look at the red light, don’t move” Um. Ummm. WTF IS THAT BURNING SMELL?? My eye. The smell was my eye. What a joy, let’s do that again. Wait. I’m done? Like completely done? Okay, here’s your stress ball back, byeeee!
Thoughts: I definitely didn’t have that moment of “omg I can see everything perfectly” right after the procedure. I think that came after I woke up from my 6 hour nap, but even then, things are still a little hazy which i knew would happen. The burning and tearing was truly the worst part of the whole thing. I had more anxiety leading up to the whole procedure, only to realize it was faster than anything I’ve ever done. At my day 1 post-op, my eye doctor told me I now have 20/20 vision, which I haven’t had since I was 11 or 12 years old, so that’s pretty cool.
So to summarize, the paperwork, pre-op scans, and watching Fixer Upper took about 45 minutes. The procedure itself took about 5-7 minutes. I spent more time in an exam room resting afterwards than I did in the surgical suite. Science and medicine is WILD. 10/10 recommend TLC Vision, A+ experience for sure.