Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Gratitude Day 8

We all know that pregnancy does weird things, right? All those crazy hormones can send a whole lot of things out of whack. One of those delightful side effects for me was dry eyes.

Dry eyes was really the least of my worries when I was pregnant. The barfing and the possible heart failure sort of trumped that. But it did mean that I couldn't wear contacts. I had to wear glasses, which I hadn't done on a full-time basis since I was 12. I quietly embraced the frump that was my old pair of back-up glasses and waited the nine months until I could successfully don the contacts again.

Oh wait! I still have dry eyes when I'm nursing! Fast-forward another year, and I could finally wear contacts again. AND THEN, we decided to have another child. More glasses. And I breastfed her, too. More glasses.

But a few months ago, I decided it was high time I banish the frump. (In fact, I was thinking of having a whole series of blog posts on "Banish the Frump," but then I realized that it would be one entry. This one. Not really very inspiring. So I shelved that idea.) I made an appointment with the eye doctor. I went right in and bought myself a new pair of glasses, glasses that weren't 7+ years old and significantly less than beloved by their wearer.

And: new contacts. Soft contacts. I am now the proud wearer of soft contact lenses. They are a big, happy change from my gas permeable ones. And an even happier change from the frump glasses.

I can see better. I can go walking in the rain. I can open the oven door or walk into a warm, humid place without getting foggy. And most importantly, I feel like the old me again. The girl I was before I had kids. It makes me a little bit giddy to look in the mirror and see that face again. Maybe that is vanity, but I think it's important to feel good about the way you look. So that's what I'm thankful for on day 8. My beloved new contact lenses.


Kim said...

Yay for soft contacts! Best change I ever made :) Have you been able to see in the dark better too since the switch?

Shanny said...

I have been able to see better all around (they got me to 20/30 instead of 20/40!), but I haven't noticed a huge change in the dark. Of course, I don't go out much in the dark. And the last few times I have it's been raining, which just makes everything wonky. I'm going to have to pay closer attention and let you know :)

Celeste said...

It's a glorious thing to feel like 'yourself' again. I'm happy for you.

Karen said...

Awesome. I can't wear my glasses more than a couple hours without feeling crappy.(Probably doesn't help that they sit crooked.) New contact are always nice!