Your Going To Insert What Where
I don't care what kind of surgery your facing just the word surgery tends to rev up the nervous system in anyone's body.
And of course your surgeon brushes right over all your fears by telling you "don't worry about anything I do this procedure a thousand times a year."
I looked at him seriously when he said he would insert a new lens in my right eye after he removed the cataract with my reaction being "your going to insert what where."
Right doc I understand where your coming from but I'm concerned about the part of the consent I have to sign for which says, "the result of the surgery cannot be guaranteed in your or any other patients case," and what about the part telling me about "complications of surgery in general and hospital admission may be necessary from presently unforeseen conditions before, during or after surgery."
Whew.......should I really go through with this? Really all I've experienced is poor sight produced by the cataract.......come on now Ed that's reason enough to get this done and over with.........remember you use those eyes to write your columns and feature stories.
With an accumulation of nagging from you know who and conversations from folks who have had cataract surgery I made the appointment with Dr. Christopher S. Jordan of the Northeast Eye Institute in Scranton, Pa.
A brief description of cataracts is that it is a natural clouding of the lens of the eye resulting in blurred vision.....and its a very common condition occurring in 91% of Americans aged 75 and over......guess I fit that category.
We arrived at the Northeast Eye Institute's state-of-the-art Ambulatory Surgical Center about an hour earlier then scheduled to find the reception area packed with about 30 people....wow....all these people having eye surgery....well they all definitely fit the category described above with some in wheel chairs and others using a cane.......thank God I'm not yet faced with the many problems some of these folks have.
Trying to act cool to this procedure is difficult and finally they called my name.......I quickly told the attendant that I should run into the bathroom........thinking that I don't want to have to relieve myself during surgery.
I was taken into a small room where the nurse asked me to remove any jewelry I had around my neck and she gave me a surgical smock after I took my shirt and undershirt off.
As I was escorted into the next large room with four beds, two occupied by patients, I was asked to lay down and another attendant said she was going to put a needle into my left arm, attach a heart monitor and wrap a blood-pressure pad around my right arm.
I asked if they were going to knock me out and the nurse said no just giving you a mild sedative to relax me.......o-boy here we go.
They wheeled me into the operating room, Dr. Jordan greeted me, the surgery was started and some 10 to 12 minutes later it was done and I never felt any discomfort.
We were sent on our way with eye-drop instructions and that the doctor would see me the next morning for a post-op examination.
Simple, painless and an experience that really amazed me. The end results are outstanding.