So the family and I are just relaxing in our Avila Beach vacation home, about to head out to the sand for an evening stroll, when I see a bright flash outside. I look out the window towards the ocean, and in the twilight I see a mushroom cloud in the very distant south, off the coast. I flip on the TV, and immediately emergency broadcasts are on – detailing the blast off the coast of Southern California. Initial reports state that the tidal wave will take about 15 minutes to reach the Central Coast. Just then, a low rumble shook the entire house.
I looked out the window and saw the idiots clammoring in their cars to take the only road out of Avila. It was a dead stop. Even if it was flowing, they couldn’t get far enough away in 15 minutes. I looked at the road towards Port San Luis. It was wide open.
I forced Lara and Devin out the door towards the car. She could see the wild, determined look in my eyes, and she understood that I would do anything to save us.
My first thought as I sped towards the port was that we would take refuge in a large boat, and hopefully it would float us to safety. There were a bunch of boats up in dry dock. Then I imagined the wave crushing the boats into the rocks above the port. Not a pretty picture.
As I rounded the corner, I had an even crazier thought: We could escape the nuclear blast inside the nuclear plant! Those things have huge domes of thick concrete designed to withstand all kinds of terrorists and earthquakes!
I pulled up to the entrance and 2 guards armed with AR-15s approached. I told them that if they were going to shoot us, they should shoot me and my family in the head so we die quickly, and then I sped off towards the plant.
Again – the alarm went off and we will never know if I made it or not…
I had another appt two days ago. Since stopping the steroids, my left eye has come back from 20/150 down to 20/40. My right eye is still holding steady at 20/40. He started me on some NSAID eye drops and I’ve already noticed some pretty significant improvement. He gave me some contacts to help me out during work hours, which really helps me. I just hope I don’t have to have another surgery.
Saw Dr. Vishteh again yesterday. It was the first time he actually checked my refractive powers. Before then, he just checked my visual acuity with the snellen charts. Unfortunately, he found that I had gone too far in my left eye. I started at -6 and now I am at +2! He gave me a contact so I can function on my rotations, and he told me to stop my steroid drops. He says that stopping the steroids can help bring me back from the hyperopia side of things. I hope he’s right, because I can’t see much at all without this contact.
Yesterday I woke up and my vision was getting great. I went to my appointment, and it was 20/30 in the right eye and 20/50 in the left. After he took out the contacts, it got a little worse, though. It’s still getting a little better each day, though. Now that the contacts are out my eyes are a lot less irritated, but they are still really dry. It also stings now when the steroid drops go in.
I woke up this morning wanting to claw my eyes out, but my vision is 200% better! I’ve got an appointment to get these contacts out tomorrow.
Please excuse any typos – I can’t see the text on the screen at all. I’m just blindly typing. My vision is getting worse, and my eyes are always dry and scratchy. I’m hoping it’s just the contacts. The whole reason I did this was because my eyes hate contacts. I can’t wear contacts for 8 hours without my eyes being completely bloodshot. Already I[‘ve been wearing these things for 5 days straight. I hope it gets better. I can’t drive like this let alone work.
Another appointment with Dr. Vishteh today. He’s not happy with the way my eyes are healing, so he’s going to leave the contacts in until Friday. He says that my vision will improve a lot when they come out. I sure hope so. I’m still at 20/60 in both eyes and I still reach for my glasses when I wake up because everything’s so blurry. I don’t have much pain, just a little dryness and scratchiness from time to time.
Still no pain. I woke up this morning and wanted to rub my eyes because they were dry, but that’s it. My vision seems a little blurry today, but Dr. Vishteh said it would get worse before it got better.
Still no pain. I do have a little dryness and discomfort, but no pain. I saw Dr. Vishteh today and my eyesight is 20/60 in both eyes. He says this is good for the first day, and it will get better over the next month.
Just hanging out at the house with the family today. I’m trying to be vigilant about the aftercare regimen: every six hours I have four different kinds of eyedrops to use, and I have to wait ten minutes inbetween each one. I even get up at 2 AM to do drops. I’m not going to screw up a $4000 procedure because I forgot to do some eyedrops.