General Updatedness Feb 2023

This morning, I drove into Seattle, to the eye doctor, for them to re-measure my eyes. I figure this is “Measure twice, cut once” in action.

The technicians have had some difficulty getting accurate measurements of my eyes, which are necessary for the new lenses. It isn’t necessarily because my eyes are weirdly shaped. I also have floaters, lots of them. This morning, they were pretty bad, and it was difficult to see anything close. Evidently, they also made it even more difficult to get accurate measurements.

So the technician decided to do a water immersion technique, in order to get better measurements.

Basically, she put numbing drops in my eyes, attached what looked like a rubber suction cup to my eyeball, filled the cup with water, then did an ultrasound on my eye to get all the measurements. It felt as weird as it sounds.

This technique turned out to be the most successful of anything she’d tried this morning.

My first surgery is scheduled for two weeks from now. I’m more excited than I was. Part of that is because of the lenses I’m getting.

On one of my first visits, the eye doctor asked if I didn’t wear my glasses a lot. I told him I didn’t. He said that was because I didn’t need to. Each eye is currently mostly monofocal. My right eye can see far but not close, while my left eye sees fine close, but not far. More on that in a bit.

So instead of getting the fancy lenses that allow you to see all distances, I’m getting two new monofocal lenses, one that sees far (for the right eye) and one that sees close (for the left eye). Since this is how I’m already seeing, and am already used to it, I should have perfectly fine vision with the new lenses. I may end up needing readers for seeing things up close, like reading a menu in a dim restaurant.

I’ve been experimenting a lot more with my current vision, to see how well I can see without my glasses. I understand better, now, why I take my glasses off all the time. I have a mid-range that I can see just fine. In fact, in that range, I see better without my glasses.

I have a window over my kitchen counter, and bottles of pills and things lined up on it. Even stepping about a foot away from my counter, I can read all the labels on those bottle without my glasses on. With my glasses on, I can’t.

I’m hoping that everything will go well with the surgery. One of the warnings they have in the paperwork is that they may not be able to get all the floaters with the surgery. If that turns out to be the case, I may have to have my lens replaced a second time. According to the eye doctor, this happens with one patient every three years or so. Fingers crossed that I don’t end up having problems.

In other February news, I made my word count! This is two months in a row that I’ve not only met, but exceeded, the number of words I wanted to get done. YAY GO ME! This writing shorter every day has really helped me make sure that I write, even on the bad days.

I’m back to walking 10K steps per day. Took maybe a week for my body to get adapted to that. It feels good to do. I’m happy that I’ve started this up again.

In addition, I’m trying to get back into keto. I feel as though I’m having a lot more difficulties this time than I have in the past. So this weekend, I’m going to go full-on carnivore, and reduce my carbs to as close to zero as I can get. Figure that will absolutely put me into keto.

Then, I’ll start to *very slowly* add carbs back in. Just a few a day, until I figure out my limit.

It used to be that I could do 60 grams of carbs per day and stay in keto. I suspect that is no longer the case, that to stay in keto I need to consume fewer carbs. I don’t know what that number is, though, hence the experiment.

And I guess that’s it for me today.

How are you doing with your goals? Are you on target still? Or do you need to reset?

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