Monday, April 23, 2007

I can see clearly now...

Its so amazing what doctors can do.  Imagine a doctor somewhere sitting there saying "What if we put the contact lens permanently INSIDE the eye...???"  Its just amazing.

Each day my vision improves a little more. I'm now at the point of wearing a contact lens in the left eye, and NO VISION CORRECTION in my right eye, and I can see almost as well as with glasses. My night vision is still off - I get some halo's around lights, which could make driving at night a little dangerous. Focusing for reading up close still gives me eye strain, but I guess its only been a week - things will only get better from here!

I was going stir crazy at home alone this week, so I went back to work on Friday. I got picked up as I wasn't confident of focusing well enough to drive myself. 6 hours in the office was enough, the airconditioning really played havoc with drying up my eye. It was getting really uncomfortable and my eye was stinging, so I got chauffer driven home again! What a life!

I've had a week off exercise completely, and I'm over it!  Since I'm allowed to do gentle walking, I went back to the gym this morning to spend an hour on the treadmill - walking gently. I'm really just going so that I dont lose my habit of going - if that makes sense  :-)  It took me 50 minutes to burn 200 calories!!!  OMG it was boring, but better than nothing I suppose.

In the past, a week of sitting at home alone (and being totally bored) would have spelled a nutritional disaster. I would have used it as an excuse to eat the fridge and pantry empty. So I'm very happy with myself that I have eaten 100% on plan, the right food, all my water, at the right times. This change in mindset has been slowly happening over the last couple of years, always with some slip ups though. I feel like this last week has been a bit of a breakthrough - almost a light-bulb moment! I'm feeling very motivated and inspired at right now - I know I'm going to lose a little muscle during this forced rest, but it doesn't mean I have to put on weight from overeating. One night last week I considered putting cheese on my salad, because OH was having it on his. I stopped and thought "will it REALLY make it taste THAT much better???" and the answer was no, so I didn't have it, and I enjoyed my salad thoroughly. So I'm feeling strong and I like it!!!

Had a little retail therapy this weekend, I bought some knee high black boots, which I love!  I bought them with a view to buying a pair of skinny leg jeans to wear with them. Hmmmm... might have to hold that thought for a few months. I tried on multiple pairs of skinny leg jeans in my normal size, and somehow they always made me feel like my arse is huge. Also, when jeans make you feel like your ankles are fat, its time to put them back. I know my ankles arent fat, but those jeans make you feel that way!  LOL!  These might have to wait a few months until I lose some of my wobbly bits!

Anyhoo - better get back to work - have an awesome day everyone!


Janew said...

Hi Hilary,thats great news that your eye is getting so much better!
Great work on sticking to your nutrition and getting some exercise in..even though it does sound boring on that treadmill :/

have a great week

Sam D-M said...

Hey Hil,

Good to hear the eye on the mend.... and i know how you feel about being at home alone going crazy.... at least i could watch DVDs...LOL

Skinny jeans and boots rock, at the moment all i can say is with those skinny jeans - hooray for big baggy jumpers, they are my saviour - LOL

Kelly said...

Hey Hilary,
Glad to hear you're feeling better. I bought some straight legs jeans on the weekend from Just Jean, they're really nice. I was the same as you, thought they'd make me look awful, but I've had heaps of really great comments. Straight legs arn't as severe as skinny legs. Maybe they would make you 'think' they look a little better!!!?

jodie said...

Yeah, skinny legs do nothing for me. When in Melbourne I was checking out what everyone was wearing they are definitely it, but I don't think so for this little black duck.

Glad the vision is coming along. Amazing what they can do these days!

Jodi said...

Holy crapper, I would have been freaking out too Hilary!!! I would have been a mess.

Glad to see you are on the mend. Hopefully you will not go to nuts without training! Take care Hilary.

Michelle said...

I am so happy it went well for you!

XX - Michelle

Ali said...

great that the recovery is going so well, and i was thinking after reading that post about the procedure ect... you should take up suspense novel writing!!!

I too was on the edge of my chair when reading it.

So GLAD you are feeling so much better and your sight is improving so well.

Ali xxxx

Di Broeren said...

The title of your blog made me think of that song "I can see clearly now the rain is gone" - lucky you can't hear me because you'd be able to see but not hear : )

Glad your procedure went well. Looking forward to seeing you on the weekend!


linda said...

Hi Hilary- first time I've read your blog. Amazing what they can do now- contacts implanted!!!. I had a 'radial keratotamy' ( cutting the cornea with a knife) simply ages ago ( before laser took over). It's been great! I hadn't heard of contact lens implants before. Hope the recovery continues to go so well.

Kaddy said...

WOW!!! that is SO great! glad the recovery is going well!!! have a gr8 weekend!