Monday, July 27, 2009

Blurry World

The recovery from PRK surgery has been a bit slower than I anticipated, and it is disrupting my work life a bit.

I'm not one of these people who recover well. By that, I mean I don't take the down time I need. I want to be back at it. And as a freelancer, I don't have the luxury for a lot of down time because I don't have someone to back me up. And in this case, I can't even participate in what is my prefered down time activity -- reading.

Writing has been a lot harder than I expected. For one, the words one the screen are a little blurry at times and reading too much gives me a headache. But the real challenge is looking from my (blurry) notes to the screen. Moving my eye ball hurts like the dickens!

But I have deadlines so I must plug away. And every day has seen an improvement. I'm also anxious to get back to working normally.

I'd love to hear any encouragment from anyone who has had PRK. Compared to Lasik, it's been a very different, slow, painful process. Yet, I feel like there is progress, whereas with Lasik that left eye just wouldn't improve and I always felt off balance.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

I'm Back

Yes, it's been months since I last posted. 2009 has kicked my butt in both good and bad ways. I'm lucky that work has been steady -- but I'd like to bump that up to busy. However, things always happen for a reason, and as I look back on the past 6.5 months of the year, it was probably in my best interest that the fates kept my workload right where it was.

I had lasik surgery in January and as my luck would have it, I was one of those people who didn't have stellar results. I battled dry eye and a left eye that still had an astigmatism. Seeing the computer has been a bit of a challenge. Last week I had PRK laser surgery in the left eye, which will hopefully solve the problem. The eye docs warned me that PRK was a very -- and I mean VERY -- different experience from lasik, but honestly, I didn't ezpect this. My left eye has been totally blurry as it begins its healing process. I feel lopsided, but the odd thing is, in some ways, my reading vision seems better. Probably because my right eye is doing all the work.

There have have been other things to 2009 that have kept me from blogging, but I won't bore you with them. Let's just say that those situations have begun to right themselves, and as August makes its approach, life is feeling somewhat normal again. Which is why I'm anxious to get work up from steady to busy.

Like I said, I think the fates played a hand in my work and writing life. And it is hard to write when you are worried about family members and the results of medical tests. I'm excited to write again. Which is why I decided it's time to fire up the blog, get back to writing essays, and start thinking seriously about a couple of book ideas that have been floating in my head. That along with bumping up my marketing and getting some of my article ideas in front of editors.