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Archive for April 28th, 2018


I am not so used to doing nothing. When I am not busy, I either read, update my blog or visit Facebook for some updates.

Last Thursday, I finally had my cataract operation at Borough Medical Institute  at  Eastwood City. I was there around 10 AM to have my papers  processed – both for Philhealth and my medical insurance.

There were the usual questions of your medical history, taking your vitals etc. My blood pressure was borderline at  130/90 even with my maintenance medicines or maybe it’s because I was a little nervous.

As usual I got a little bored with the waiting time. There were so many  patients lined up for cataract operations under different doctors. There were three of us under my doctor and I was the second one on schedule. There was of course the usual and inevitable hospital gown, disposable head cap and hospital slippers. Personal effects were not allowed inside. It’s a good thing my son took a half-day vacation leave and waited at the reception area watching television.

I was under anesthesia but before that there were eye drops administered by the nurse and another one by my doctor right before operation. I was impressed by their facilities there. The pre-op procedures were done and there was even an oxygen standing by.

They covered my left eye and my doctor told me to look at the light. I could feel those eye drops then I saw a bright blue light, just the half of it. A few seconds, I could only see gray with several streak of  dark gray then the blue light was full then I heard my doctor say, “tapos na Arlene” meaning it’s done. She was right, the procedure was all of less than ten minutes. I was guided by the nurse to the operating room reception  area and gave me a plastic eye-glass to protect my eyes and a bottle of Ole-D, an anti-bacterial ophthalmic solution. My doctor  told me it is to be administered one drop every hour. It was reduced now to three times a day.

At first my vision was blurred but when we reached home, everything seemed so bright and clear. I put off reading and opening the internet until my  follow-up check-up.  I had it this afternoon and she check my eyes and let me read a few lines  with my new reading glasses. The words were clear. I need to have my other eye too operated in the future so my vision would be equal. Have to save again for the next one.

Reading for me has become a routine that not holding a book is quite not normal but I had tor est my eyes for a while until it heals. I rewarded myself with two books from Books for Less which was newly opened at the mall where the satellite clinic of the Medical City was located.

Whoa, how nice to see letters and words so clear again.

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