She Got Lasik!

Hello! There’s been a lot going on around here lately. A few of the highlights:

  1. My sister got married in Estes Park at the end of May. We were in Colorado for six glorious days. The wedding was beautiful, my sister was beautiful, we had so much fun, and I’m so excited for her and her (now!) husband.
  2. Gabriel turned one! Wow.
  3. I stopped breastfeeding. Wow.
  4. Enabled by #3, I started going back to CrossFit consistently. I can only go on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 5:30 or 6:30 am when Dan is home. I can’t go Mondays because I go into DC for work and don’t have enough time in the morning, and I can’t go Thursdays or Fridays because Dan works overnight and isn’t home yet. But it’s been so nice to go with some consistency for the last 3 weeks!
  5. I decided to leave my current job and take some time off. Last day, July 19. Full time child care for a few months, here we come. Oof. A lot of mixed feelings about that.
  6. We had our third with-kid camping trip. I plan to do a post on camping with babies.

But my big excitement right now is that I got Lasik on Thursday! It sort of happened all of a sudden, but also not.

Last December, I elected to fully fund my FSA through work with plans to get Lasik. I didn’t research enough at that time, and when I went for my introductory appointment in January, they told me that I should wait until at least 3 months after I was finished nursing. At the time, Gabriel was only 7 months old, and while I was beginning to reduce nursing/pumping at the time, I wasn’t sure yet that I was definitely going to stop completely at a year. If I did, then the earliest I could get Lasik was late August! But ok, I accepted it.

Then I decided to leave my job, with plans of doing so over the summer. I didn’t consider how this would affect my FSA until several months after I’d made the decision. When I did realize, it took some time to figure out FSA rules, which were: yes, when I quit my job and leave government, the FSA goes away – I can still submit claims afterward for services that took place before I left my job, but not after. I appealed (to be able to end contributions at that time, which was March or April… I obviously had already contributed some but expected I’d be able to use that amount) via phone and also in writing, but was denied. Ok. Then I researched the risks of getting Lasik while/after nursing, and found that there was little risk if one’s eyesight didn’t change during pregnancy, and if it did, you’d know. My eyesight, as far as I could tell, hadn’t changed. So I called the Lasik place and was bounced around for a few phone calls before someone was able to check with the doctor who said that if my eyesight hadn’t changed and they could confirm it, they’d be willing to do it. My last day breastfeeding was May 26 and my prep Lasik appointment was June 4, and no, my eyesight hadn’t changed from any of my prescriptions in the previous ten years or their measurement from January. Cool.

Then I found out that the doctor I was referred to this place to use was leaving the facility in two weeks and only had a few openings left. So… I scheduled the procedure for the following week!

It went well! Today is only the third day, so I’m still very much recovering. I can see, which is so weird. This morning, I had the instinct to reach over to my bedside table for my glasses before realizing I didn’t need to do that anymore. I’ve been wearing sunglasses inside and out for the past two days (mostly to prevent me or anyone else, like, say, Gabriel from touching my eyes – not for light sensitivity), so I haven’t really appreciate the full effects. I was still wearing glasses after all, and my vision was dimmed by the sunglasses. But today, indoors, I’m going sans sunglasses. I have to put in antibiotic eye drops morning and night, which are kind of creamy and create white droplets in my eyelashes and the corners of my eyes that get crusty – not attractive, or comfortable. But I also have to use lubricating drops at least every hour and have been doing more like every 30 minutes. It eventually washes the crusties out.

There are red spots in my eyes, and I constantly look weepy because of the drops. I’m going out in public today (to the one year birthday party of one of the other kids whose parents were in our birth prep class) and will try to look somewhat presentable. I have to keep up the medicated drops morning and night for a week and the lubricating drops every hour for a week. After that, I need to keep doing the lubricating drops at least four times a day for three months. They help a lot, so I don’t mind doing it. Without them, my eyes get dry quickly and it is uncomfortable.

No eye makeup or rubbing my eyes for a few more days (five total). And I should keep wearing sunglasses outside for UV protection. Which I do anyway. I was able to work yesterday morning (the morning after the procedure). I wasn’t supposed to physically exert myself the first two days. I think that may be to avoid sweat getting in your eyes based on overhearing another conversation at the Lasik place, but not sure.

Anyway, overall, I’m pretty stoked! I’m mostly able to live my normal life already, and recovery seems to be going fine. I’m really looking forward to throwing all of my contacts paraphernalia out :-). Sad that some of it will go to waste… like contacts. Maybe I should see if there is somewhere to donate those. I know I can donate glasses. Delta Gamma’s service is Service for Sight! Great reason to contribute.

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