Back To Work

I am officially back to work.  Just in time.  Sunday was our last Youth Group meeting of the school year, so we had a party and said “farewell” to our seniors.  Then, yesterday, I was back at Nazareth for a full day of work.  Things went well at both places.  There is a lot to be done to catch up at both jobs, but after being back just one day, I am happy.

I have an appointment with my rs today and I am hoping that he will tell me that I can begin to wear my contact in my left eye.  I think that I will be able to see better if I can wear contacts instead of my thick glasses.  We will see.  Yesterday, I wore my glasses for the entire day and I really had eye strain by the time I arrived home from work.  For me, eye strain equals headache.  I tried to take breaks from the computer at work, but that is difficult when it is sitting on my desk right in front of me, taunting me with over 500 emails.

I shouldn’t complain.  The student workers in my office did so much while I was away.  Most of the emails can just be filed away or deleted.  Still, it’s a lot of visual work to look at each one and decide what to do with it.  I did plan ahead so that I did not have to walk around campus.  I took a lunch with me and ate at my desk.  I only had to walk from the parking lot into my building and to my office in the morning and then retrace my steps in the afternoon.  I can’t imagine trying to make my way around with my vision the way it is.

When John picked me up at the end of the day, I took off my glasses and closed my eyes for the ride home.  Good husband that he is, John made dinner while I rested my eyes.  After dinner we sat on the porch and enjoyed the beautiful evening.  There was no football game last night, but I think I could hear the sounds of a basketball game a little farther down Clay Avenue.

Yesterday was a big day.  Today I will see the retina specialist.  I am also waiting for a call from the Vocational Counselor at ABVI.  I am hoping that she will be able to help me figure out how I am going to keep meeting all my work responsibilities with my current low vision.  After one day back at each job, I can’t imagine how I am going to do either one.  However, I can’t imagine my life without these two jobs that I love so much.  I hope and pray that my employers will be patient with me while I figure out how to find my way in this low vision world.  For now, it is good to be back at work and out of the house and doing what I can to accomplish my tasks.

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4 thoughts on “Back To Work

  1. Congrats to you! I’m sure they will find ways to ease your transition back into the working environment. It sounds as if you did well on that first day back, though.

  2. I remember having my thick glasses. Well I still have them but cannot wear them any longer since they did my cataract surgery on the right eye 3 years ago. The world was so much different as the glasses were so thick it gave a surreal look to everything plus it wore me out mentally and physically wearing them. I had to wear them for several weeks before my cataract surgery. I still have pictures of me by my horse wearing them. It is so different than wearing contact lenses. I do sympathize with you too. I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers for continued improvement and a favorable nod at your RS appt today!

    • For years, I stuck to contacts and only wore my glasses in a pinch – like if I had to put the dogs out in the middle of the night or something. Since my surgery, my choice has been either wear a contact in the right eye and nothing on the left or wear glasses. I have been trading off, as you know from reading my blog. The glasses really distort things, but one contact is not ideal either. The good news is, my rs gave me the okay to start wearing my left contact again. Hooray!

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