Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Third Time Lucky?

Well, I'm going under the knife, er, laser, again tomorrow morning. Last March, I had the first stage of my PRK laser eye surgery done. In November I had a touch up on my right eye with the hopes my brain would adapt to monovision so I wouldn't need reading glasses. It didn't. Tomorrow, I get the left eye touched up to 20/20 as well. I bought some reading glasses today so I can still read the computer screen when I get home tomorrow. :)

My surgery appt is at 7:30 am. I'm taking two days off work and I don't even get to sleep in! They'll do some preliminary scans first, then give me 2 mg of ativan (enough to drug me up good), and then laser the eye. The treatment itself takes less than 5 minutes, and the worst part is the smell of burning hair (skin?), and the extreme ice cream headache you get for a minute when they spray water on the eye to cool it off. Other than that, it doesn't hurt in any way. It feels fairly irritated about 24 hours later and that lasts for a day or two.

I'm thinking it would be fun to record the procedure and use it in my podcast but I don't know if they'll go for it. On the other hand, they did provide me with a video tape of my first surgery and it's sitting on youtube for all to see (search kelownagurrl with 2 r's on youtube to find it). Or go back to March 2008 in my blog and it's sitting there too.


Had a good week so far. Did all my planned workouts although I had to do my strength training tonight instead of last night because I forgot about our volleyball tournament and windup party last night. My shins were very happy last weekend, but not so happy on my run today. Whatever.

I have a friend whose son has shin splints and he was given some kind of cream to rub on his legs before he runs. I don't think it's simply an analgesic, but I can't find out anything with the name she gave me. Can any of you medical types help me?

This is what it says on his container. 100 CPD DICLO 5% in PLO GEL


Also - big news - I am now a proud member of the 2009 KONA ENDURANCE Triathlon Race Team!!!! Yes me, ordinary age grouper triathlete gurl, I am a sponsored athlete!! How cool is that!!

Kona Endurance sponsors amateur athletes, as well as the pros, so I applied last month and on Monday, I got an email saying I was invited to join the team.

So what does that mean? Well, I get to wear my new Kona Endurance tri top at my races (coming soon), and I get a season's supply of Kona Endurance Pro supplement which is touted to increase VO2 max and reduce lactic acid which will improve endurance and speed recovery. From everything I've heard and read, it looks like good stuff, and if it's good enough for IMC winner, Bryan Rhodes, maybe it can help me too! I'll keep you all posted on how it works for me!

Well, I'd better hit the sack and hopefully recover from my surgery quickly so I can get back to training....

More later...


DuffRunner said...

congrats on the sponsorship Kelowna! good luck on the surgery. I had Lasik done 3 years ago and I'm a big fan. I hope your PRK comes out they way you need it to.

Stuart said...

Congrats on being sponsored, that's awesome!

Triitagain said...

Good luck with surgery, wishing you a speedy recover. Great job getting a sponsor. You are an inspirtation to women triathletes!

Kelownagurl said...

Thanks everyone! It seemed to go well this morning and I was able to record the whole thing so I can add some it into my podcast this weekend.

Mauricio Sanchez said...

I hope everything went well with your follow up surgery... I have been considering laser myself for several months but something's holding me back... not sure what, maybe the $3K price tag! By the way, congrats on your sponsorship!

Shady Grove Eye Vision Care said...

While monovision is a great option for totally reducing or eliminating the need for eyeglasses, it can cause eyestrain, loss of depth perception or even double vision.