Firstly, I would like to publicly thank Karly and Lea for their wonderful hospitality.
Thank you very, very much!
This eye operation in Cape Town has probably been the scariest thing that I have ever done! In hindsight, though, it was well worth the pain. The only anti-pain stuff they give you is some eye drops that deaden all feeling in the eye and some Valium for the nerves.
I would have preferred to be knocked out, to be honest. They stick these things in your eye that hold the eyelids open, and then put this device on your eye that sucks to the eye, and cuts a small, very thin flap of the eye. The doc then flaps the flap away and puts the laser to work. A person can smell the burning as the laser works.
I was gripping my chair sooooo tightly that I had white knuckles after the op, and I don't think I was breathing at all during the operation. Luckily it's only a few minutes per eye.
I left the hospital on my own, barely seeing well enough to dial the taxi's number on my phone. Then I went to bed. With eye protection flaps to stop me from rubbing my eyes, no less.
The next day everything was quite hazy, but in focus.
It's now two weeks later, and I am already on a course in Malaysia. There is still a little haziness when I look into bright lights. Hopefully this wil go away in due time.
Thanks, again, to everyone who supported me while I was getting this done, and for giving me inspiration while I was thinking about getting it done!