Friday, April 27, 2012

Men, Vera Bradley, and LASIK

Later today my husband/lover/best friend and I will be headin' up into the woods for hopefully a lovely weekend of camping, our first outing of the season.  But before I go, I wanted to update all of you kind people who have been asking about my son Caleb's LASIK surgery yesterday.

We travelled to Harrisburg together to ARMESTO EYE ASSOCIATES where the highly recommended Dr. David M. Armesto, M.D., F.A.C.S. did LASIK surgery on both of Caleb's eyes.  (Any person who has that many letters before and after his name must know how to do something well, I was hoping and praying.)  Here is Caleb entering the hospital before the procedure:

Notice he is carrying my Vera Bradley bag for me

The surgery went smoothly, although Caleb said he wasn't prepared for the uncomfortableness discomfort  during the procedures.  He said it felt like the doctor was standing on his eyeballs.  Afterwards also, he didn't expect the 2-3 hours of feeling like hot pepper sauce had been poured into his eyes.  It was a miserable ride home in the car for him, with shields over his eyes, sunglasses over the shields, and a towel over his whole head.

He spent the rest of the day mostly laying down with his eyes covered, with the taped-on plastic eye shields and sunglasses.  His eyes are very sensitive to the light right now.

At about 3-4 hours post-surgery, the pain vanished, and he took a few looks around and started to become amazed that he could see things, and see them fairly well, with NO GLASSES and NO CONTACT LENSES!  Although his vision will still have some clearing up to do over the next week, he was actually seeing well enough to drive himself back to Harrisburg this morning for a follow-up appointment.  So all is well, so far, and he has crossed LASIK off of his List Of Things To Do To Get Ready To Fly Apache Helicopters In The Military.

For the next 3 to 4 weeks he will use plenty of various eye drops till both eyes are completely healed.

We made a chart to keep it all straight

Now.  Back to the top picture above, and I'm gonna go on a tangent here.  Does it not take A Real Man to carry a Vera Bradley bag?  I want to state here for the record that two of my sons-in-law have regularly been seen carrying my daughters' bags for them.

Todd (Lindsay's husband) - A Real Man

Lance (Sarah's husband) - Another Real Man

What's missing?  The husband/lover/best friend is still in training, and so is the other son-in-law Eric.  Still hopin' for the best with that.

So Bon Voyage!  Now I'm off onto my weekend adventures.  I'll post again Sunday.

May you all have the vision and wisdom to carry your appropriate loads.


  1. Nope...eric doesn't carry vera bradly, he carries coach and Guess. But he's much better at carrying my motorcycle helmet for me :)

  2. I have been tempted to do Lasik, too. Not sure if I will ever do it...part of me likes to hide behind my glasses! have a great camping weekend! I sure miss those camping days in our camper! We sold it to pay for fixing a damaged roof years ago...but we have started a new tradition with the kids-tent camping at Assateague Island every summer! Fun times!

  3. Follow Up- Caleb just returned from his (Less than) 24 hour post-surgery check up. 20/15 vision in both eyes! He still has some clearing up to do with a very light haze, but this is expected at this point in recovery. Talk about eagle vision!

  4. So, Jill, are you trying to say that it takes a real man to carry a purse, or are you pointing specifically to Vera Bradley bags for their inherent signification as "girly" purses? Because I certainly would carry any purse of Sarah's when needed. We just don't currently happen to use the upper echelon bags such as Rachel has with Coach and Guess. I think the larger issue here is that one has to be comfortable with him or herself as a person to be able to openly exhibit behavior that flies in the face of hegemonic social protocol. For those who ascribe to the notion that gender and sexuality is a construction, a performance, if you will, the idea of doing something not normally acceptable for the gender or sexuality society and culture writes on that person is not an issue. This is all to say that, yes, it definitely takes someone comfortable in his or her own sexuality and gender status to be brave enough to violate those social and cultural norms that are constantly forced on us all if we want to be considered "normal." Thanks for featuring a couple of stand-out performances by a couple of stand-out guys!

    Lance (one of the sons-in-law)

  5. Jill tell Caleb not to push the recovery of his eyes faster than what his Doctor prescribes for him. His eyes will need the extra lubrication for about a month.

    Back in 1998 my eyes were failing and I was told that by the end of the year I'd be blind. I asked if Lasik surgery would help? Told I had nothing to loose had the procedure done the following month. The following year I needed an enhancement on the right eye. To this date I only wear reading glasses for fine print not the Pop-Bottle glasses I needed to walk around before.

    I also carry Kathy's Purse to her embarassment for her when she's shopping or just not feeling well. Her doctor tells her not to carry anything over 10 lbs. Her purse is well over that limit.

    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  6. Thank you for stopping by our blog and taking the time to make a comment. I sure hope that you will enjoy our adventures. Have a great weekend camping.

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