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swimr4life
April 30th, 2007, 10:19 AM
Kristina is having her surgery on her eyes today. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers!

SwimStud
April 30th, 2007, 10:26 AM
Kristina is having her surgery on her eyes today. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers!

Poor Special K...

*thinks good thoughts*

chickadee
April 30th, 2007, 10:59 AM
Will do, let us know how it turns out.

newmastersswimmer
April 30th, 2007, 01:40 PM
Kristina is having her surgery on her eyes today. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers!


Most definitely will do Beth!......and thanks for letting us know!

Bork

FlyQueen
April 30th, 2007, 02:01 PM
Kristina is one of the coolest people on here, I'm sure she'll do great. I'll keep her in my thoughts!

islandsox
April 30th, 2007, 02:15 PM
I, too, just wanted to offer my good wishes and support to our Kristina. I'm thinking of her.

donna

Peter Cruise
April 30th, 2007, 02:27 PM
Me too, fingers and toes crossed.

swimr4life
April 30th, 2007, 03:13 PM
As soon as I hear anything, I'll let you know.

The Fortress
April 30th, 2007, 03:17 PM
As soon as I hear anything, I'll let you know.

Oh, I really hope it fixes her eye problem so she can swim without worry or problem! I love the way she scheduled it the day after a swim meet! Did she swim well and have fun before hitting the doctor? Please keep us updated!

Go Kristina. :smooch:

chaos
April 30th, 2007, 04:06 PM
quick recovery!
key west awaits!

WPSWIMS
April 30th, 2007, 10:01 PM
Hope all goes well with the surgery. Kristina, I hope to swim with you and Beth when I am in town next week. I plan to swim at Swim Atlanta May 8 if I can get up for a 5:45 AM practice...it will seem like 3:45 for me.

FindingMyInnerFish
April 30th, 2007, 11:26 PM
rooting for successful surgery and clear-eyed recovery! Prayers on the way!

swimr4life
May 1st, 2007, 09:36 AM
YEAH!! I just heard from Kristina and she did great through the surgery! She had fluid filled cysts that had to be drained and removed. She said she felt pretty good by 8:00 last night. She has to take it easy for a week - no bending over or exerting herself - that will be hard for Kristina! Thanks for the thoughts and prayers!...THEY WORKED!:applaud: :groovy:

SwimStud
May 1st, 2007, 09:37 AM
YEAH!! I just heard from Kristina and she did great through the surgery! She had fluid filled cysts that had to be drained and removed. She said she felt pretty good by 8:00 last night. She has to take it easy for a week - no bending over or exerting herself - that will be hard for Kristina! Thanks for the thoughts and prayers!...THEY WORKED!:applaud: :groovy:
Glad she's doing good...will she be allowed to troll the forum and post?

swimr4life
May 1st, 2007, 09:39 AM
I'm not sure. She said she would post something eventually. She said she was very touched by the support.

ensignada
May 1st, 2007, 10:15 AM
That's great news! :applaud: :applaud: :applaud:

Give her our best, will you, Beth?

Slowswim
May 1st, 2007, 10:27 AM
Great news!!

Now its time to rest, relax, and recover for Key West!!!:drink:

knelson
May 1st, 2007, 10:35 AM
Great news! Hopefully she'll be back in the pool soon with no more eye problems!

CreamPuff
May 1st, 2007, 03:16 PM
Thank you all so much for your prayers and kind wishes.
Your support means so much to me. I think all your positive
thoughts worked MAGIC and the surgery went well and without any
problems or complications. I can't tell you how relieved I was to have my vision be 1. present and 2. normal post the surgery. Whew!! :groovy:

(I'm sneaking out of my bed to type here - my mom is my "prison warden" so to speak - ensuring that I don't do ANYTHING - ARG!) It seems crazy as physically, I feel just fine (just sluggish and groggy from the pain meds)! I have to keep reminding myself to not bend down, clean, pick anything up. Blah! She seems to think that typing is taxing. . . :thhbbb: All I can do is read this 700 page historical fiction novel called Dark Angels.

Good things about surgery:
USMS swimmer support and well wishes!!! :hug:
Eating a HUGE waffle house meal the night before - I think I ate about one of everything on the menu :woot:
Eating a snickers bar several hours post surgery - heaven!
Extra, extra attention from hubby
Great team of docs and staff
Docs seemingly really interested that I was a swimmer (and in good shape) - makes their job easier I guess

Bad things about surgery:
Pain meds make me groggy and tired :confused:
Needles and blood
No swimming for a bit! AGH! :frustrated:
Big burly orderly man dressing me post the surgery - rather a surreal experience :eek:
Terrible waiting room music

I want to congratulate Beth on her stellar performance this weekend at the Gary Eaton meet. She anchored our 4x100 free relay to victory AND kicked my butt in the 100 free going a low :56 and placed first overall in that event - over all women of all ages. I was happy with my low :57 and she went a second faster. :applaud:

Uh oh, my warden approaches. Must sneak back to bed.

Thank you again for all the wonderful support.

(S)he-Man - turned (S)he-Wimp in the hospital!
My family and I were all nervous in the pre-op waiting room while all the other families around us seemed to be having fetes short of tailgaiting parties and a good 'ole time?! Go figure! MUST LEARN TO RELAX :frustrated: :joker:

FindingMyInnerFish
May 1st, 2007, 04:13 PM
Good to hear from you, and glad you're recovering well! And don't worry, we'll provide you with a first-class on-line fete/tailgate party, complete with :drink: :groovy: :rofl: [and fill in smileys if they exist for BBQ, margaritas, hot tub, all kinds of fun stuff... oh yes, is there a smiley for dark chocolate?]

While virtual, this fete might not be virtuous...:D

swimr4life
May 1st, 2007, 04:51 PM
YEAH KRISTINA!!! :applaud: I'm so glad you're doing well. I missed you Sunday at the meet but definitely understand.... you had a lot more important things on your mind!! I'm so happy that you are doing well and your eyesight is 100% fine! You'll be back soon. Try to enjoy being a "slug" for a while. You can practice your relaxation techniques! Blockbuster is wonderful entertainment and there are a lot of good movies coming out on video.That is what Kristy and I did after her surgery. You can only handle so much daytime TV!

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF!!!
Love ya,
Beth

poolraat
May 1st, 2007, 05:10 PM
I'm glad that it went well Kristina. Hope you have a rapid recovery and can get back in the water soon.

ensignada
May 1st, 2007, 06:50 PM
Netflix is worth its weight in good too if you can't get to a video store.

One thing I did when I was recuperating last fall was to e-mail my most interesting friends* and ask for reading and movie recommendations. I'll be working off their lists through 2010.

You only get to heal right once; make it your job to take it easy.




*before I met you all

newmastersswimmer
May 1st, 2007, 07:21 PM
I'm so glad to hear that everything went so well!! I look forward to hearing about your speedy recovery and awesome swims for years to come now Kirstina! ...And thanks for keeping us all updated Kristina and Beth! (And congrats to both of y'all for smokin fast 100 free times last weekend!!)

Bork

3strokes
May 1st, 2007, 09:11 PM
..... the surgery went well and without any
problems or complications.

Glad that all went well. Wishing you the best.



(I'm sneaking out of my bed to type here


Don't



- my mom is my "prison warden" so to speak - ensuring that I don't do ANYTHING - ARG!)


That's why I said "Don't" and I say "Listen to your mother, young lady".

After my first cataract operation, I inadvertently (in my deep, drug-induced sleep) rubbed my eye (i.e., I did something I should NOT have done). The corneal abrasion that ensued was torture and lasted a couple of months. It weakened my cornea to the level that some years later a successful retinal detachment operation also resulted in another corneal abrasion.

If I'm scaring you, I'm glad. Do as you're told (by Mother and by the Doctor), don't be a hero (I don't like this PC talk so I'll say "Don't be a Heroine", don't take risks.

Do well and take care of yourself.

The Fortress
May 1st, 2007, 09:51 PM
Thank you all so much for your prayers and kind wishes.
Your support means so much to me. I think all your positive
thoughts worked MAGIC and the surgery went well and without any
problems or complications. I can't tell you how relieved I was to have my vision be 1. present and 2. normal post the surgery. Whew!! :groovy:

(I'm sneaking out of my bed to type here - my mom is my "prison warden" so to speak - ensuring that I don't do ANYTHING - ARG!) It seems crazy as physically, I feel just fine (just sluggish and groggy from the pain meds)! I have to keep reminding myself to not bend down, clean, pick anything up. Blah! She seems to think that typing is taxing. . . :thhbbb: All I can do is read this 700 page historical fiction novel called Dark Angels.


I almost bought that book! I love historical fiction. Enjoy!

I'm so glad the surgery went well. I hope it completely fixes the problem and that you can carry on with the sport you obviously love so much. And great job at the meet! You did good. How long are you out of the water? Is it 6 weeks? Tell hubby to keep pouring on the extra attention and snickers bars.

P.S. Big article in the Wall Street Journal today about dry eye. Raging big, growing problem, natch. ;)

CreamPuff
May 2nd, 2007, 10:08 AM
Great story! I too accidental rubbed around my eye - OUCH!
It's amazing how many times we rub our eyes throughout the day.

Yes sir! Will listen to momma. (Now that I've been out of my teenage years for quite a while, I do listen to my parents again!) :)
Thank you for your kind wishes. Thank goodness I can read and I've got tons of books.

:wave:


Glad that all went well. Wishing you the best.



Don't



That's why I said "Don't" and I say "Listen to your mother, young lady".

After my first cataract operation, I inadvertently (in my deep, drug-induced sleep) rubbed my eye (i.e., I did something I should NOT have done). The corneal abrasion that ensued was torture and lasted a couple of months. It weakened my cornea to the level that some years later a successful retinal detachment operation also resulted in another corneal abrasion.

If I'm scaring you, I'm glad. Do as you're told (by Mother and by the Doctor), don't be a hero (I don't like this PC talk so I'll say "Don't be a Heroine", don't take risks.

Do well and take care of yourself.

CreamPuff
May 2nd, 2007, 10:12 AM
I almost bought that book! I love historical fiction. Enjoy!

I'm so glad the surgery went well. I hope it completely fixes the problem and that you can carry on with the sport you obviously love so much. And great job at the meet! You did good. How long are you out of the water? Is it 6 weeks? Tell hubby to keep pouring on the extra attention and snickers bars.

P.S. Big article in the Wall Street Journal today about dry eye. Raging big, growing problem, natch. ;)

Thank you Fortress, you are too kind. How are your dry eyes coming along? Is that Restasis (sp) helping you at all? Will be sure to check out the WSJ. Do you think the increase in dry eye is due to increased use of contact lenses; more people undergoing lasik; pollutants; what?
BTW, it is a pretty good book - I'm having a tough time putting it down!!

Will email you later about the teenager thread - I was a nightmare. It was all me and the hormones and new found freedom that comes with having a car. My poor parents. I'm amazed that 1. I lived through that time period and 2. they speak to me post that period!! My relationship got really strong with my parents starting in my early twenties.

CreamPuff
May 2nd, 2007, 10:15 AM
I'm so glad to hear that everything went so well!! I look forward to hearing about your speedy recovery and awesome swims for years to come now Kirstina! ...And thanks for keeping us all updated Kristina and Beth! (And congrats to both of y'all for smokin fast 100 free times last weekend!!)

Bork

Aw Thanks Jim! As usual I love your avatar. :woot:
I think that you asked me at one point if they were using lasers. Well, not on my surgery, they just removed cysts. Whew! Tell you wife I'm a wimp (I was SOOO nervous) and I need some lessons from her on toughening up pre and during surgery! Where did all my (S)he-Manness go?! Beth was the smokin' fast one - I think I just rode her wake in the 100. :laugh2:

CreamPuff
May 2nd, 2007, 10:16 AM
Netflix is worth its weight in good too if you can't get to a video store.

One thing I did when I was recuperating last fall was to e-mail my most interesting friends* and ask for reading and movie recommendations. I'll be working off their lists through 2010.

You only get to heal right once; make it your job to take it easy.




*before I met you all

Thank you Ensignada. Ummm. . . bon bons. Love that!! I'm a bit drugged up right now - but I have to say, the pills are doing a very good job of keeping the pain away. Thank goodness for that!
:wave:

Karen Duggan
May 2nd, 2007, 11:52 AM
I've been so busy the last few days at home and work... I'm a little bit out of the loop. But congratulations on a successful surgery. And definitely use this time to R and R. No excuses. Just do it! (Nike) Take the time you need to recover fully. You'll be glad you did.

:agree:

FindingMyInnerFish
May 2nd, 2007, 03:46 PM
I've been so busy the last few days at home and work... I'm a little bit out of the loop. But congratulations on a successful surgery. And definitely use this time to R and R. No excuses. Just do it! (Nike) Take the time you need to recover fully. You'll be glad you did.

:agree:

:agree: also... I'd add, if you have (or can recruit) a sweetie, I'd say MILK it for all it's worth... Massages, movies, merlot, Monkey LaLas, and mooching! :D I know this will be hard to become accustomed to at first, and obviously you want to start easy, but you can definitely work up to a training peak of doing all of the above at the same time for periods of at least a couple hours at a time. Then you'll be in total partying shape by June! :banana:

Peter Cruise
May 2nd, 2007, 06:29 PM
Kristina, glad to hear that you're doing so well; I am sure that there are some attagirls waiting when you properly and patiently finish your rehab and are able to get back in the pool.

sharkbait
May 3rd, 2007, 12:45 PM
Glad to hear all went well!
Sandra

Julius Caesar
May 12th, 2007, 08:43 PM
Thank you Fortress, you are too kind. How are your dry eyes coming along? Is that Restasis (sp) helping you at all? Will be sure to check out the WSJ. Do you think the increase in dry eye is due to increased use of contact lenses; more people undergoing lasik; pollutants; what?
BTW, it is a pretty good book - I'm having a tough time putting it down!!

Will email you later about the teenager thread - I was a nightmare. It was all me and the hormones and new found freedom that comes with having a car. My poor parents. I'm amazed that 1. I lived through that time period and 2. they speak to me post that period!! My relationship got really strong with my parents starting in my early twenties.

BUMP! [Sorry, Kristina, It's Fortress, forgot to log out of a new alias.]

Kristina, how are you doing? Hope you log on soon.

The WSJ article blamed the increase in dry eye on several things. Dry eye is a side effect of lasik, but relatively rare. It shows up often in women over 40 (sux) and contact lens wearers starting at computers all day without blinking. We should all have a message on our screen reminding us to blink. The restasis seems to be helping. Although I'm pounding so many allergy meds and antibiotics right now. That makes the dry eye worse.

I've been tracking Mini-Fort's email a bit more. That is depressing. Apparently, she's going to quit swimming and become a field hockey player, likes a big arrogant boy jerk on another team, and has had an absolutely "horrible" last year of life because her knees and ankles always hurt. (Puberty; growth spurt). Oh, and all teenagers tell each other that they hate their parents. So that was real fun! :sad:

Slowswim
May 12th, 2007, 11:47 PM
Fort:

I can tell you that I have discussed dry eye issues with Kristina. I found out that I have dry eyes and that makes me a non-candidate for lasix.

I know nothing about miniFort, but I remember being a teen and it was popular for us boys to rebel (act out) against anything our parents said. So its not a stretch to say its popular to "hate" your parents. It part of fitting in and has nothing to do with reality.

I remember yelling at my mother, "I hate you." No I didn't but I needed the outlet (better than hitting; I had a bad temper). I know my little girl will do the same. I just hope I can still remember that it isn't heart felt; its confusion and frustration.

Peter Cruise
May 13th, 2007, 04:41 AM
I remember when I was 12, (under the influence of reading my older brother's copy of The Carpetbaggers by Harold Robbins) upon being told to turn off the TV by my mother and come to bed, calling her an 'old w___e (rhymes with store). Like a nuclear bomb went off in the house, my mother running for my dad, demanding his immediate intervention; my dad cracking up, when upon close questioning of me, learning that I didn't know what the word meant, him getting in trouble instead of me- oh, those were the days...

3strokes
May 13th, 2007, 09:44 AM
I remember when I was 12, .......... calling her an 'old w___e (rhymes with store). my dad cracking up, ..... learning that I didn't know what the word meant, him getting in trouble instead of me- .

in trouble for:

1- not punishing you?
2- not explaining the meaning to you?
3- explaining the meaning to you?
or
4- knowing the meaning?


Sorry, Kristina, from drifting away from the main thread but you know how one thing leads to another (and I'm not talking about the birds and the bees here. That's another story, BTW).
(Which kind of reminds me of the wife complaining about her husband, coming home very late every night, smelling like a wh*&$house, to whcih he replied, "How come you know what wh*&$house smells like?")

CreamPuff
May 13th, 2007, 10:07 AM
Doing great - thanks so much for asking!! Thank you everyone (Karen, Finding my Inner Fish, Peter, SlowSwim, SharkBait, Fort, 3Strokes) for all your well wishes. They really worked!

I've not had time to log into the forum b/c I've been so busy swimming, swimming, more swimming and even doing some light weights (doctor gave green light). This was the first time I remember that I missed a week of swimming (surgery recovery) and came back first day long course feeling fine!! Last week, we even did 12x200 IM/Free. Felt good. :fish2:
:bouncing: :bouncing: :bouncing:

Boy, I've missed so much what with all these cool smilies and the masquerade ball! Arg!

Eyes feel AWESOME!! No problems whatsoever. They feel like my "real" and "good" eyes before all these problems started. It's a miracle. Am wearing contacts, eye make up, etc. The only change I've made is that I do swim with my RX goggles now and not my contacts as I can see better and my eyes feel best with the RX goggles on.

As a side note, my docs at Emory said NO NO NO to lasik for me the reason being that once you have lasik and if you have other eye problems later in life (detached retina, blocked lacrimal ducts, retinal tear, glaucoma), you're better off not having had the lasik. The Retinal Specialist said he wants to see the whole cornea in tact (less dry eye and other possible problems). The success rate of subsequent surgeries diminishes after you've had lasik - according to him. Anyway, I'm going to listen to what they say. I have so much respect for all the Emory staff. And BTW, how come all the eye docs WEAR GLASSES?! That's sorta telling to me.

Interestingly, the surgery cost $6000. I pay $523.40 and insurance covers the rest. Can't complain about that!

Fortress, (okay, not having any kids here, how much do I know), I think you are doing the right thing by monitoring emails. I'm sure it's rough to read. I remember writing some not so nice things in my diary as a teen! I don't think I liked anything at that age.



BUMP! [Sorry, Kristina, It's Fortress, forgot to log out of a new alias.]

Kristina, how are you doing? Hope you log on soon.

The WSJ article blamed the increase in dry eye on several things. Dry eye is a side effect of lasik, but relatively rare. It shows up often in women over 40 (sux) and contact lens wearers starting at computers all day without blinking. We should all have a message on our screen reminding us to blink. The restasis seems to be helping. Although I'm pounding so many allergy meds and antibiotics right now. That makes the dry eye worse.

I've been tracking Mini-Fort's email a bit more. That is depressing. Apparently, she's going to quit swimming and become a field hockey player, likes a big arrogant boy jerk on another team, and has had an absolutely "horrible" last year of life because her knees and ankles always hurt. (Puberty; growth spurt). Oh, and all teenagers tell each other that they hate their parents. So that was real fun! :sad:

The Fortress
May 13th, 2007, 02:15 PM
Doing great - thanks so much for asking!! Thank you everyone (Karen, Finding my Inner Fish, Peter, SlowSwim, SharkBait, Fort, 3Strokes) for all your well wishes. They really worked!

I've not had time to log into the forum b/c I've been so busy swimming, swimming, more swimming and even doing some light weights (doctor gave green light). This was the first time I remember that I missed a week of swimming (surgery recovery) and came back first day long course feeling fine!! Last week, we even did 12x200 IM/Free. Felt good. :fish2:
:bouncing: :bouncing: :bouncing:

Boy, I've missed so much what with all these cool smilies and the masquerade ball! Arg!

Eyes feel AWESOME!! No problems whatsoever. They feel like my "real" and "good" eyes before all these problems started. It's a miracle. Am wearing contacts, eye make up, etc. The only change I've made is that I do swim with my RX goggles now and not my contacts as I can see better and my eyes feel best with the RX goggles on.

As a side note, my docs at Emory said NO NO NO to lasik for me the reason being that once you have lasik and if you have other eye problems later in life (detached retina, blocked lacrimal ducts, retinal tear, glaucoma), you're better off not having had the lasik. The Retinal Specialist said he wants to see the whole cornea in tact (less dry eye and other possible problems). The success rate of subsequent surgeries diminishes after you've had lasik - according to him. Anyway, I'm going to listen to what they say. I have so much respect for all the Emory staff. And BTW, how come all the eye docs WEAR GLASSES?! That's sorta telling to me.

Interestingly, the surgery cost $6000. I pay $523.40 and insurance covers the rest. Can't complain about that!

Fortress, (okay, not having any kids here, how much do I know), I think you are doing the right thing by monitoring emails. I'm sure it's rough to read. I remember writing some not so nice things in my diary as a teen! I don't think I liked anything at that age.


Kristina:

That is fabulous news!!! I'm so glad it went well and helped because you have to go swim Key West. Super news. Thanks for letting us know.

I'm not a candidate for lasik at all really. I have dry eyes like Bill, I'm extremely near sighted and have an asigmatism. So I won't be doing that. Although I wish I had done it when I was much younger ...

What of RX goggles are you using? I tried the Speedo and TYR ones that had on the Kiefwe website. The speedo ones (like the Vanquishers absolutely killed my eys. Can't wear them. Both sets leak.

I don't think I was as much of a drama queen as Mini-Fort. And she's more of a social butterfly than I was. But I was mean to mommy, making sure to tell her I hated her every once in awhile. Everyone has promised to be nice today though. So I'll have a brief respite. (She hasn't said that to my face yet, but I'm sure it's coming.) Really looking forward to it. Glad I have a 6 year old to hug me a lot and give me unconditional love.

Keep swimming fast.

WPSWIMS
May 16th, 2007, 06:04 PM
I enjoyed swimming with you at Swim Atlanta, seeing Kim again, and having coffee afterwards.
Glad to see that you are doing so well and still swimming fast! Sorry I could not make it back Monday, but I had to take my son's friend to the MARTA
station and got stuck in I -85 for over an hour!I swam on my own that morning at SA. I really wanted to see BEth. I do not miss Atlanta traffic.
It was fun swimming fly at sea level and not huffing and puffing! Back to high altitude training in Denver. Would love for you to visit in Colorado. Hope to see you at Woodlands.

CreamPuff
May 16th, 2007, 06:40 PM
I LOVE the Speedo RX goggles! I'm sorry they don't work for you!? They do have different nose pieces so you can adjust them. Yeah - teenage drama - crazy, huh!? I don't miss those days!!!



Kristina:

That is fabulous news!!! I'm so glad it went well and helped because you have to go swim Key West. Super news. Thanks for letting us know.

I'm not a candidate for lasik at all really. I have dry eyes like Bill, I'm extremely near sighted and have an asigmatism. So I won't be doing that. Although I wish I had done it when I was much younger ...

What of RX goggles are you using? I tried the Speedo and TYR ones that had on the Kiefwe website. The speedo ones (like the Vanquishers absolutely killed my eys. Can't wear them. Both sets leak.

I don't think I was as much of a drama queen as Mini-Fort. And she's more of a social butterfly than I was. But I was mean to mommy, making sure to tell her I hated her every once in awhile. Everyone has promised to be nice today though. So I'll have a brief respite. (She hasn't said that to my face yet, but I'm sure it's coming.) Really looking forward to it. Glad I have a 6 year old to hug me a lot and give me unconditional love.

Keep swimming fast.

CreamPuff
May 16th, 2007, 06:41 PM
I enjoyed swimming with you at Swim Atlanta, seeing Kim again, and having coffee afterwards.
Glad to see that you are doing so well and still swimming fast! Sorry I could not make it back Monday, but I had to take my son's friend to the MARTA
station and got stuck in I -85 for over an hour!I swam on my own that morning at SA. I really wanted to see BEth. I do not miss Atlanta traffic.
It was fun swimming fly at sea level and not huffing and puffing! Back to high altitude training in Denver. Would love for you to visit in Colorado. Hope to see you at Woodlands.

Winnie,

Great seeing you again! Please send my congrats and :bow: :bow: to Rebecca Friedlander. She's da bomb! Beth was sorry to have missed you. She's started coaching summer league, so things are a bit crazy at the beginning of the season. We're also losing Bob Brown as he's moving to Ohio next week. :cry: Visit again soon! I'll let you know if I'm ever in Colorado.
Cheers,
K