Cataract Surgery – One Done…One To Go

The motorhome is currently parked at Mary’s home in Murphys, California. My current departure date is scheduled December 1st.

Two days ago Mary drove us in her Prius the 141 miles to the VA Hospital in Palo Alto, California for cataract surgery on my right eye. We departed at 7 AM and after a three-hour and forty-five minute harrowing drive in morning rush-hour traffic…we arrived…


The surgery was scheduled for 1:00 PM…they wanted us there two hours prior to for operation preparation. The operation was performed by a very proficient Dr. Suzann Pershing…


After a bit of a wait, (they are really busy there), I was finally wheeled into the operating room. They had an IV stuck into my right hand and taped my head down firmly so that I could not move. They also had me attached to an EKG machine and constantly monitored my blood pressure during the operation. I was awake and talking back and forth with them during the entire procedure which took about 30 minutes. I spent about 45 minutes in the recovery room after which I was allowed to leave under my own power.

We spent the night at a place called the Defenders Lodge which is made available to vets who live more than 50 miles or a two-hour drive from the hospital.  I took this photo of myself in the bathroom….

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At 10 AM yesterday morning I had a post-op exam and consultation with Dr. Pershing. She was very pleased with the results. My right eye which was at 20/200 prior to the operation is now at 20/50. I was told I should be down to 20/20 in about a week. Dr. Pershing said I would be sensitive to bright sunlight so she gave me these Blues Brothers shades to wear. When Mary took this photo she said I looked more like Stevie Wonder…

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So, now that the operation is history…how do I feel? Well…as Dr. Pershing promised, there was no pain associated with the operation. She offered either both near and distance lens to be installed in my eye. She said most choose distance…which I did. So, I can clearly see distances and will now be able to drive without glasses. Colors appear much brighter. I will still have to wear reading glasses, but I knew that going into this operation. The only pain (in the butt) associated with the entire process is the amount of eye drops required both prior to and after the operation. In reality a small price to pay to have good vision for another 75 years!  🙂

What’s next? On October 24th I’ll go back to see Dr. Pershing for a follow-up post-op exam. At that time we will also do the pre-op exam for the surgery on my left eye now scheduled for November 6th. I’m still hoping to make my planned December 1st departure before it gets too cold here.

Online I read that the VA does about 50,000 cataract surgeries a year…about 1,000 a week. I met a number of other vets like me walking around with a patch over one eye. Also online I read that about 3,000,000 cataract surgeries are performed in the United States annually. Being an ex-engineer, I broke that down to 60,000 a week and 12,000 a day. Simply amazing!

You can read all about cataract surgery by clicking this Wikipedia link…


Yesterday was a sunny day and 84 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 86 degrees. YUK!

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…


Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein


On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link…

There are more than 500 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link…

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…

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All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2014

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2 thoughts on “Cataract Surgery – One Done…One To Go

  1. Edward Kuball

    Marco: Congrats on a Successful surgery. Eduardo.

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