The frustrations of eye surgery recovery

Surgery recovery frustrates me

Friends of mine tell me I should check for a Bear if I ever see them running. Generally, if you see me running into Kroger or out of my house I’m just going the speed I enjoy. I like running.

Now, I walk about as fast as a slow 80-year-old.

My workouts and my sweat typically dictate my shower schedule. Several days a week, I usually shower twice a day because I stay active.

Now I struggle to remember how often to shower. Maybe once every two or three days. I forget because I don’t sweat per Dr.’s orders.

I don’t walk upstairs; I run upstairs. Frankly, it’s easier to bounce up to two or three stairs at a time.

Now I gently take the stairs one step at a time, so I don’t  jostle myself.

My days used to begin at 6 AM with exercise and stretching invigorating my body.

Now I rely rather heavily on coffee to jumpstart my body.

Typically I log between 12,000 and 15,000 steps per day.

Now I barely crack the 3000 step barrier.


This Thursday, I meet with the doctor. I expect to have a gas bubble in my eye until May 14. Hopefully, I will soon return to the lifestyle I love.


I really cannot complain. I have vision in my left eye. Vision that looks like someone half-filled my eye with water but sight nonetheless. I remain extraordinarily grateful for the surgery I experienced. I just wanted to share a little of my perspective post vitreoretinal surgery.

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