Saturday, September 19, 2009

Back in the Saddle

Right eye surgery is done and results as of this date are mixed. I opted to keep my near and mid-range vision as opposed to having 20/20 vision for distance, so I am still myopic, but not as much as before. My close and mid-range are a bit better than before, but the really big difference is that I can face the sun and still see where I am going! And white is much whiter than I ever remembered it to be. I cannot wear my prescription glasses because the right eye's prescription lens is much stronger now than I need it to be. But I cannot see more than 3 feet from my face without my glasses since my left eye still needs them. (And so does the right eye, but not as much as before.) Really frustrating already and it will be worse after the second surgery, because then neither prescription lens will be correct, and I still won't have 20/20 vision. I won't be able to drive or watch TV until my eyes heal enough for me to get my new glasses. On the plus side, I will be able to sew without glasses, and to work on the computer until then. This afternoon, I worked up the nerve to watch the video of the surgery. It was really strange, and I probably shouldn't have watched it before the second surgery. Can't believe they did all that nasty stuff to my eyeball while I was awake and looking out of it the entire time! I had a little scratchy sensation later that day, kind of like a contact lens when my eyes got tired, but nothing more, and nothing at all out of the ordinary since then. It really is a miracle how vision can be saved and even restored with such a quick (but NOT simple!) procedure. I'm so glad I didn't wait any longer to have this done, and now I can't wait to get the 2nd surgery over, and get my new glasses fitted. In the meantime, I am still working on the postage stamp quilt tops, and I should get back to piecing the Star Crystal since I have all the appliqued leaves finished. I still need to do the math to figure out what sizes of squares and rectangles I need to cut to fill in the areas around it. Then, I'll have to spend more time thinking about an appropriate and attractive border for it. I seem to get bogged down when planning how to finish a really pretty quilt like the Star Crystal. Tuesday evening before my scheduled surgery, I got a telephone call from the Jacksonville Quiltfest in Jacksonville, Florida that my quilt Aunt MiMi's Flower Garden was named Best of Show. This pleased me a lot.... it is the 3rd Best of Show for that quilt this year. AMFG will be retired after this show. Two years is about as long as you can exhibit a quilt at major shows, and it's been slightly more than that now, so it's time. (Wouldn't it be nice to retire after only 2 years of work?) If any of you out there are going to this show, tell me what you think when you see it. I wish I could be there. I love seeing my quilts hung at shows, especially with nice ribbons on them.

5 comments:

  1. Congratulations on the Best of Show Elsie! I'd love to see a picture of the quilt :) Hope your eyes heal quickly!

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  2. Go to this address to view photos of Aunt MiMI's Flower Garden:

    http://elsiemcampbell.com/MyCreations.html

    THe quilt in question is the first one, top upper left. (Yellow, red, pink and green on white background, machine appliqued, machine quilted on my domestic machines, machine pieced, and machine-applied piped binding.)

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  3. Congratulations on your newest Best of Show...it is a spectacular quilt and deserves every honour and ribbon it wins! Don't rush into things before your eyes have time to heal and prayers that you heal quickly and enjoy your "new view" of the world.

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  4. Thanks, Susan. My 1-week exam this morning shows that everything is as at should be with my eye. Second surgery next week, then a couple of weeks or more of frustration until I can be fitted with temporary lenses for distance viewing, until I can get my real glasses in November after both eyes heal completely. Can't wait!

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  5. Tks so much for posting the link Elsie! The quilt is absolutely stunning, as are all your quilts! It was definitely a "Best of Show" quilt!

    Best of luck to you w/the next surgery. Praying for "smooth sailing!"

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