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still lots of reading among other things

For some reason, the fact that I turned in an assignment on time this afternoon is comforting. I am still about 100 pages behind in my reading; but I am not feeling quite so frazzled. Maybe it only has to do with the fact that I managed not to fall even farther behind. Perhaps I can somehow catch up if I continue to do what I have been doing for the last week or two: running around the house with my wireless headphones on while doing mundane household tasks. Counting last week's catch-up stuff, I still have some 600 pages of reading to do this week. This is not counting any paper stuff, which I need to do badly. So let the marathon begin--and I truly hope the flax and better Topamax dosage do a good job of keeping me nice and alert!

I am beginning to count the days until my eye surgery. I am a bit hesitant to do so--it has been postponed indefinitely twice now. However, the infamous "special scissors" have arrived, and I am now at a point where I notice the need for surgery. There are certain landmarks which I can no longer see on campus. I dislike this and will be glad to have it no longer be an issue. In the back of my mind, I know that there will likely be a point in my life when I cannot play the fix-it game with my eye anymore. I just hope that point does not come for a long time.


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Oct. 3rd, 2007 12:43 am (UTC)
LOL! I started to post a whine about my imminent start on Plaquenil vs. Methotrexate... One can cause damage to my eye and the other can cause damage to my airways... When I think about it, the obvious option is to risk the eye damage. I had decided not to think about it tonight, but obviously all of my words did not get deleted. (I just went back and deleted them.)

The "special scissors" really deserve their own post, but I will try telling it in a comment. I have an artificial cornea (among other stuff going on with my usable eye). There is now a membrane behind the implant which is obscuring the view, and the doctor needed a pair of special teeny tiny scissors manufactured in order to do the removal surgery. It has taken months and months for them to be made and arrive. I and my family had begun to make jokes about the special scissors because we kept hearing those words so often.

About my vision... When the membrane isn't there, I am able to locate some pretty small objects and have some limited color contrast. It really isn't much but is moderately helpful with navigation. I was a CCTV/braille user during my elementary school years but went to braille only in junior high due to the homework volume and have lost vision gradually since then with the exception of a few periods of sudden loss which were due to treatable things that developed.
Oct. 3rd, 2007 02:24 pm (UTC)
I was just going to ask about the special scissors myself - but I see you already explained. :)

I hope you won't have to miss much school as a result of surgery, but at the same time I'm glad this problem is very close to a resolution for you.
Oct. 3rd, 2007 03:30 pm (UTC)
surgery and school
Fortunately, my classes are on Monday and Tuesday and my surgery is a day surgery on Thursday. The implant procedure itself was fairly easy and I was awake for much of the following day if I remember correctly. This one is supposed to be less invasive. I will get loaded up with a new Vicodin prescription and lay up in bed with my books, etc, for the weekend. How much I do over the weekend will be up in the air, but at least I have someone around at home this time so won't be stuck downstairs away from the cats.
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