Saturday, September 02, 2017

Fun and Miracles

Our friends, Terry and Diane, invited us to join them in Portland, Indiana on August 23, for what is billed as "the world's largest Gas Engine and Tractor Show." Well, I don't have any pictures from the show itself because Diane and I let the guys go there while she and I focused on the area garage sales. Next year, though, Lord willing, I'll try for some pictures from the show.

During a break from garage sales, Diane took me to the Jay County Courthouse, a beautiful structure both inside and out. 

Jay County Courthouse

Unfortunately, I don't have any photos of the inside of the courthouse that would do it justice. 

The yard of one of the homes having a garage sale was so beautiful that I just had to snap a couple of photos:

As I've mentioned before, cataract surgeries and the related appointments have taken up much of the last three months for Doug and me. But, with Doug's second surgery this past Tuesday, the surgeries are finally behind us. And I've even gotten my new glasses already. Doug still has to wait a few weeks or longer to get his.

The opthalmologist who did our surgeries is Dr. J. Rex Parent. At the follow-up appointment on the day after the patient's first surgery, Dr. Parent likes to have a photo taken with the patient and family member, which he then presents to the patient along with a rose and a gift bag containing a coffee mug and a windbreaker jacket.

Me with my rose on the left; Doug with his rose on the right
(I can't believe I wore the same thing on both occasions!)

I don't have a picture of my beautiful lavender rose because we ran errands that day before going home. It was a hot day, and the rose didn't survive the afternoon heat. But it perectly matched Dr. Parent's scrubs. I did, however, get some pictures of the rose given to Doug:

Lastly, I just had to include my before and after eyeglass prescriptions:

The numbers probably don't mean much to most of you, but let me tell you...the after-surgery prescription is a whole lot better than the before one. 

D.V. on the left refers to Distance Vision. 
O.D. is the right eye. 
O.S. is the left eye. 
Spherical indicates the degree of nearsightedness (-) or farsightedness (+).
Cylindrical indicates the amount of astigmatism.
Axis is a number between 0 and 180 degrees revealing the orientation of the astigmatism.

I can now see to get around nicely without glasses, which I could never have done before. I used to need glasses to find my glasses if I misplaced them. My new eyes do, however, need glasses for driving; and glasses are helpful for reading and computer work. 

The lenses on my new glasses are so thin! It's absolutely amazing to me because I've worn thick lenses for most of my life. 

I'm so grateful for this new ability to see...grateful to God first, of course, and grateful for the technology and doctors who made this miracle happen.


  1. Pretty close to my prescription, I can get by without glasses. My fiancé can barely see past her nose. She tried mine and just laughed. My eye is clearing some, but I think it changed a bit. I'm not swatting at ghost flies as much LOL made reservations for hotels before and after our cruise. Looking forward to a nice time on the ocean and in FL. Getting married 9-30!

    1. I'm so happy for you, Steve. I hope you'll introduce us to your bride on the blog. I can certainly relate to her nearsightedness. It sounds like mine before the cataract surgeries.

  2. Congratulations to both you and Doug for the great outcomes from your cataract surgery. Dr. Parent sounds like a great doctor and wonderful man.

    1. Thanks, George. Dr. Parent is very good at what he does. He has another doctor in the practice who is now doing the traditional surgeries and the lens implants, but Dr. Parent still does the laser surgeries. He's my age so is wise to involve others in the practice.

  3. Wow, your numbers are so much better now, Linda. I'm so happy for you and hope your husband will be pleased as well. Yay for garage sales! I hope you found a treasure or two. We love older tools and things better than most of new stuff on the market. Give me a pyrex bowl anyday over the junk they have in the stores now. Love the courthouse photo and flowers.

    1. Toni, I paid the extra money for the Toric lens implants, which helped correct my severe astigmatism. The new implanted lenses couldn't correct all of it, but the difference after the surgeries seems miraculous to me. I'm not really an avid garage saler, but I enjoyed looking at some of the stuff with my friend. Neither of us bought anything, though. I'm afraid I may have been holding her back.

  4. Linda, I am so happy for you and Doug. Lovely photos, and I love your outfit!

  5. It is so wonderful to live in an era when technology has come so far. Yes,God deserves the first thanks and credit, but He also gives us doctors who can help us. I'm so happy or you and Doug.

    1. I agree wholeheartedly, Ruth. Thanks for reading and commenting so faithfully.

  6. What an improvement in your eyesight, Linda, great to hear the surgery helped you.
    The Doug's rose looks beautiful in the detail, great colours. But no photos of tractors? Next time you definitely need to take some, I'd enjoy them. Tractors are my favourite vehicles. :) Have a nice day!

    1. Well, Petra, now you've given me some extra incentive to return to the engine and tractor show next year and try for some tractor photos.


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