The Man We Are Paying For…

May 1, 2008 at 7:46 pm 9 comments

This is the dude I have never met who I am entrusting to operate on my eyes next month.  His name is Dr. Maurice John.  He seems to have his act together.  I just made my appointment today.  We are all praying for him…right?

Yup, I couldn’t pick out paint, so I made an apointment to have my eyes fixed and got my hair trimmed.  I feel MUCH better now.  Progess has been made SOMEWHERE.

We’ve been saving up our medical budget for some time for eyes and teeth–this is the year.  We have one of those tax deductible accounts, which will save a big chunk of the expense. 

I’ve had glasses since I was 10 to keep from running into walls (-6.25, give or take plus some astigmatism starting to become an expensive problem).  My parents kindly upgraded me to contacts in my mid-teens years. 

Now, my husband is offering to give me sight, too. 

I’ve been in glasses since February. resting my eyes so that they are their normal, non-contact formed shape, preparing for surgery, researching my options.  You only have to be contact free for two weeks, but it’s taken me a while to decide where to have it.  A major thing for us is that my own local doctor is trained to do the preliminary dilation and can do ALL the follow-up stuff, including the day-after exam.  It will save us quite a bit to not have to be out of town during the work-week.

I don’t think I’ve ever felt more loved than by these people who have taken care of my needs to give “sight to the blind” at each stage of my life.  Thank you, peoples! 

What about you…can you see?  Have you thought about surgery?  Does the though of someone coming at your eyes with a laser scare you?



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  • 1. Kim  |  May 1, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    Ummmm…of course we are praying for him…how did you know???

    I can’t see a stinkin’ thing without my contacts/glasses. I would love to have the surgery but can’t seem to get a break from other health issues to save up money to do it 😦

    Girl…nothing much scares me at this point after all I’ve been through. Give me a laser in the eyes anyday.

  • 2. velma96  |  May 1, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    I have often thought about having this surgery done. My vision, like yours, is somewhere in the -6.25 or -6.5 range (maybe even -7.0 in one eye). I want to be able to pay cash for the surgery…so I know it’s going to be some time before I have it done…but the thought of being able to see sans glasses or contacts, WOW!!!!!
    Good luck…and I’m praying for you and your doctor!!!

  • 3. blueraindrop  |  May 1, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    i want to…. never have though from cost factor.

  • 4. graceisenough  |  May 1, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    Scares me to death, but I am planning on having it done sometime in the near future…we have just been waiting for this semester to be over at school for Barry. He has had it done and said he would do it again if need be.

    BTW, I have you beat. I’m a -7.50 and -6.75 with astigmatisms in both eyes, but one isn’t bad enough yet to have the special lens. Are you going to Louisville?

  • 5. touchofglory  |  May 2, 2008 at 12:43 am

    My hubby and I both have had glasses/contacts since we were little kids. His vision is MUCH worse than mine. I called and got him a consultation 2 years ago, and was going to pay for his surgery for Christmas that year. He cancelled the appointment and said he felt bad having me spend that much on him. He wants to wait until he’s finished with school. I’d love to have it too, but he needs it much worse than I do. My brother had it done in Nashville last year and said it’s the best thing he’s ever done (besides marrying my sis-in-law 🙂 ). Anyway, I’ll be praying!

  • 6. cjkdennis  |  May 2, 2008 at 6:42 am

    Jen had this done a couple of years ago. Even though the fear is natural, she is still amazed by her sight! Those couple of minutes of fear have been replace with a lifetime of sight without glasses or contacts.

  • 7. Stacey  |  May 2, 2008 at 6:58 am

    Wow! You gals make me feel like I can see and I thought I couldn’t!

    I’m -4.50 in both eyes and no astigmatism. I was advised by a very trusted opthamologist to not get lasik, so I’m going to stick by his advice for at least a while longer. Plus, I’m good with contacts and when I figured up the costs and the fact that a lot of people still need glasses for nighttime after Lasik… well, it wasn’t going to save me much money and I’m all about the bottom line!

  • 8. Kimberly  |  May 2, 2008 at 7:49 am

    couldn’t do it!!!

    but maybe it will help you “SEE” a paint that you finally like!!

  • 9. gchyayles  |  May 2, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Praying for him and for your peace throughout the process!

    I’m -3.25 in both eyes with astigmatism in my left eye. It causes a lot of problems when I wear contacts because it’s the lower grade [the astigimatism is in between two contact lens grades so he gave me the lower one] and I can’t see too well out of them. Glasses are a lot more clearer but annoying to wear on some days.

    I’m not sure how I would feel about eye surgery. I’m no brave one regarding medical procedures though so I’d have to pray real hard before I went ahead with it.

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