On Thursday morning, I had LASIK eye surgery. I can’t think of enough words to describe how amazing it is to be glasses-free after 20 years. Wow. I’m not yet 100% (hey, it’s only been two days!), but I was able to drive myself to the follow-up appointment and I see noticeable changes every few hours. As you can see, I’m at least able to see my monitor!
Funny thing – everything seems to be BIGGER without glasses. I don’t know if it was some trick my glasses played on my eyes or if I’m just imagining things. Anyone else have a similar experience? My wife just thinks I’m weird… er, more weird.
When I left the office on Thursday, they gave me these super-dark tinted glasses to wear. They wanted me to wear them day and night around the house for a week. After stumbling around the house that night (and unable to even watch tv very well because of the sunglasses, not the surgery), I said to heck with that and stopped by Woodcraft the next morning on the way home from the next day follow-up appointment and picked up some clear polycarbon safety glasses. They serve the exact same purpose of keeping me from accidentally touching my eyes, but I can sure see a whole heck of a lot better.
I’m wearing them right now, as a matter of fact, and so I feel super-nerdy. I’m sure anyone looking into the second bedroom window, where I’m obviously typing away at a computer, must be wondering what exactly I’m doing to it that I must protect my eyes from flying debris. Gotta watch out for those flying bits! (haha, get it? bits and bytes? router bits? bits of wood? right… sorry.)
Anyway, I’m not yet ready to head back out in the shop. That will probably be a week or two further down the road, at the least, and in any case it isn’t going to happen until my full-seal safety glasses come in!
So what’s an avid woodworker to do? I’ve got my drawing pad and pens out and I’m hashing out some design elements for a box idea I’ve had floating around in my head for some time. If I can’t be in the shop working with wood, then I’m almost just as happy with thinking about the things I want to make.
Oh… that’s two other things I should be working on, actually. I have two contest entries to complete still – one due by the third Thursday of February and one due by the end of February. Those might have a bit more precedence at the moment.
-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com