Friday, November 09, 2018

A Well Up for Happy Weekly Link Round-Up

Denis and I were sitting in the waiting room of the surgi-center before my first cataract surgery Tuesday. Another couple came in shortly afterward and-- to be kind-- I'll just say that they were a Very Special pair. She couldn't wait for her own surgery because she wanted to go home being able to see that very day. I couldn't help but mentally shake my head. Everyone is given instructions pre-surgery, and it's sad what some of those instructions have to be. Fortunately, I didn't have to strip down and put on one of those flattering designer hospital gowns. Nope, all I had to do was wear loose, comfortable freshly laundered clothing that would give easy access to heart monitors, etc. Sitting there waiting, I would've paid $20 for a glass of water; I was parched. But... the cut-off for food and drink pre-surgery was six hours, and I was following directions. The Very Special woman also awaiting surgery had on a filthy t-shirt and slacks... and was chugging an ice cold Pepsi. I haven't dealt with the public in so long that they're beginning to surprise me again.

I thought you might like to see my bottle of "Liquid Gold" that cost $300. It's so small that-- even with just one drop in the eye per day-- I doubt that it will last through both surgeries. Ah well.

I came home from surgery, ate something, inhaled an ice cold beverage, and stretched out in my recliner for a three-hour nap. When I woke up at 6 PM, I removed the eye shield, covered the eye that hadn't been operated on, and took a look through my new peeper. Totally blurry. It didn't bother me because that's what I'd been told would happen. At 9 PM, I took another look. Almost every bit of blurriness was gone, and I couldn't believe what I was able to see.

The next afternoon, I went in for my post-op appointment. The doctor checked me out, said, "Perfect!" several times and told me that my ophthalmologist had corrected everything, and I now have 20/20 vision in that eye. I don't think I was born with 20/20 vision! Now I'm not wearing any glasses and constantly amazed at what I'm able to see. The clarity! The peripheral vision! The COLORS! Tuesday and Wednesday, my eyes kept welling up, and it seldom had anything to do with all the drops I have to put in my eye. No...

I'm so happy, and I can't wait to see the world when both eyes are done!

►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄

►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
  • Non-human mammals love the suburbs, too.
  • How men's cologne might catch a man-eating tigress. (Something that was covered by Wendall Thomas in her mystery, Lost Luggage.) 
  • A study says dogs are smart, but not exceptional. (I think I'll take umbrage at this report...)
  • This gecko butt-dialed a "bazillion" times from a seal hospital in Hawaii. (Someone should really warn the Geico gecko about that...)
  • Busy bees take a break during total solar eclipses.
  • How Siberian Huskies get their piercing blue eyes.

►Fascinating Folk◄
  • An interview with Tana French, the queen of psychological mysteries.
  • Madame Tussaud: the astounding tale of survival behind the woman who made history.
  • Q&A with Leslie S. Klinger, author of Classic American Crime Fiction of the 1920s.

►The Happy Wanderer◄
  • Sedbergh is entering a new chapter as it continues to develop its status as England's only Book Town.
  • The crime fiction of Phnom Penh
  • A Navajo Code Talkers tribute, the first permanent memorial to a unique secret weapon of World War II, is right here in Phoenix.
  • How to spend a literary long weekend in Atlanta.
  • A look at the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Arizona almost twenty-five years ago.

►I ♥ Lists & Quizzes◄

That's all for this week! Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.

Have a great weekend, and read something fabulous!


  1. I'm so glad your surgery went well, Cathy, even with the cost of that 'liquid gold!' I hope the healing goes well, too. Now, I'm off to that shipwreck...

  2. Good to know about your experience with the eye surgery and I'm so happy to read of the improvement in your eyesight. Made me tear up a bit. Ha! Anyway, I'm glad you shared with us. I just read the interview with Tana French - wow - that was a great and very thoughtful interview. Totally enjoyed it. Have her new book on audio to listen to before long. Can't wait. The mystery group read IQ by Joe Ide and discussed on Wednesday. It was a very interesting discussion. I've read the second book and will get to the third at some point.

    1. I really enjoy Joe Ide's books, although I know they're not for everyone.

  3. Thank you for posting this. My husband has his eyes done in January, and, as a worrier, I certainly wish we didn't have so long to wait. I'm relieved to read about your experience because that at least gives me hope his surgeries will go just as smoothly. Congratulations!

    1. Thanks! It's impossible not to worry, but I can't say enough good things about the doctors and everyone else on staff who have been taking me through these procedures. If you have any other questions, you're more than welcome to email me with them-- kittlingbooks(at)gmail(dot)com.

  4. So glad to hear about the success of the surgery! Saying prayers for continued smooth recovery, and for the next to go just as well. And I'm off to see what Joe Ide has to say, because I'm an IQ fan.

    1. Thanks, Kate! Joe Ide is every bit as interesting as his books and has a wonderful sense of humor.

  5. So glad your eye surgeries are going well and your eyesight is improving. On to more books, movies, knitting.

    I read the 30 best women detectives and so many of my favorites are missing, like V.I. Warshawski, Irene Huss, Sharon McCone and more. Oh, well, no lists include everyone.

    1. Sometimes I think lists are just to make us think of the items/people that were left off them.


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