and I am rapidly getting back to normal. My vision in my left eye has improved markedly and the doctor told me yesterday I could let up on the face-down time. I've shortened it to 15 minute sessions when my eyes get tired, which works out to 15 minutes or so every couple of hours. I'm almost through with the medications and will be able to drive within a few days. I'm considering hiring out as a consultant for people with detached retinas (retinae?). It has not been a piece of cake, as friend Richard predicted it would be since his experience was a piece of cake, but it has not been awful.
The only awful part was hearing the doc tell me what the probable limitations would be. I now know that he posited the worst case scenario in order to impress upon me how important it was. I took him seriously and had a better case than predicted. And I've done a lot of thinking about my life and just what is truly important for me to hang onto. I've done a lot of reading---I usually just skim magazine articles, but The Chair made it more inviting to read things thoroughly, so I read some things I would have skimmed another time. I've slowed down a lot. I have tended to look at empty time in a day as a problem----isn't that wild? That may change!
Now it's going on 11 a.m. and I have completed all the tasks I had intended to do today. The rest of the day lies invitingly in front of me. I can't yet drive, so whatever I do needs to be on the home front. Let's see.....vacuum? dust? make a rhubarb pie? weed? It's a beautiful day and I am almost well! Yay!