It was a procedure that gave me the willies. I mean, a blinding (literally) heated light seared eye tissue closed to create scars so the vitreous humor doesn't leak behind the retina, causing it to pull away from the wall of the eyeball. I shudder writing that. Gross.
The amazing part is that this procedure doesn't really hurt. It's uncomfortable, and warm, but not painful. My procedure lasted only five minutes. The dilation of my pupil took 20 minutes. Once I disappeared into the doctor's procedure room, my daughter had just enough time to text my husband that I had just gone back, when I appeared again. It's miraculous what a physician can do with a laser beam and a coal miner's hat.
How did I get a hole in my retina, you ask? Apparently I have thin retinas, a condition called lattice degeneration. It sounded pretty with the lattice part, then I heard the degeneration part and thought, of course, another aging issue. As I wrote on Facebook, at least I have one body part that is THIN.
I'll just have to give up those weekend boxing matches.
In other news this week, I heard from the editor who had requested to see my manuscript, The 12 Days of Christmas Adventure. After having it for six weeks, she decided it was not for her publishing house at this time. To my surprise, that email of rejection was not too painful. It was disappointing, but not excruciating. It was kind of like eye surgery - uncomfortable, but not unbearable.
I don't know what I'll do next. I might blog the book here. Part of me finds this very appealing. Part of me thinks I'm tired because a laser burned my eye this morning.
I'll think about it tomorrow. Tomorrow's another day. Another uncomfortable day, because I can't eat anything but Jello and Popsicles. I'm having a colonoscopy on Friday (it's been such a fun week.) Tomorrow night, the real fun begins because I get to drink that tasty fluid that precedes hours in the bathroom.
I'm so grateful there are doctors who like to poke around eyeballs and colons. You could not pay me enough to do either one.