Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Felt good to get home.

Nothing quite like those eye drops used to dilate pupils! In my case, the effect lasts nearly twelve hours. I’ve gotten smarter and now keep prescription sunglasses and darkening flip-ups in my glove compartment. Still, I find it difficult to see the green light on the traffic signals. Red and yellow, okay, though. It’s rather like being color blind for a little while.

And note: no one wants to use the drops that undo the process anymore. They are expensive and insurance won’t cover them.

We’ve not seen Old Sol since Sunday morning, but what was waiting for me when I left the ophthalmologist’s office, nearly disabled by the drops? Bloody blinding sunlight!! This, by the way, was gone by the time I arrived home.

It was ten at night before my eyes returned to normal. But I am exhausted from compensating all day for the blurriness.

Still, a day like today makes me appreciate my eyes more than ever. And I will enjoy the sun again, if it ever returns.

Little Pond

1 comment:

mdmhvonpa said...

That reminds me of a story I was once an audience to:

A little girl and her friends live in a world where it rains all the time. One day, she tells her friends that she saw the sun once. she tells them of flowers and dancing in fields without rain-gear on. They don't believe her and despite her proclamations of truth, the push her into the school-room closet and lock her in. Just then, the clouds break and the sun shines through. The children are amazed and throw off their rain-coats, pick flowers and prance among the butterflies. The little girl locked in the closet cries out, wanting to join. They do not hear her. Her fingers trace the sliver of light that shines beneath the locked door just as the clouds roll back in and force the children back indoors. Then, they realize they had left the girl in the locked room. I forget the rest ... cheery, eh?