I love them both.
I know, crazy, right?
LASIK as in eye surgery?
A juicer as is mulching up fruits and veggies?
“Rachel, you’re putting them together? Oh, the mental image…”
But these are the latest of “Likes” in my life.
Two weeks ago, I purchased a juicer with a gift certificate I’d received for Amazon.
I thought, “Why not?” A gift certificate can be the perfect time to experiment with not-so-common-items.
I love my Breville BJE200XL Juicer!
A juicer is kind of like the kitchen equivalent of the wood chipper, or a buzz saw.
Just chop that stuff up! Grind it. Get the pulp out!
I make a container of juice in the evening, store it in the fridge overnight, then make smoothies in the morning.
I gotta tell ya, it’s the most fun I’ve had in the kitchen in awhile.
Then last Thursday, I had LASIK surgery on my eyes.
I can now SEE without contacts or glasses.
If you’re a corrective lens wearer, you know how you never wake up in the middle of the night and see the clock?
Well now I can see the clock!
But I have to tell you, the juicer purchase was a waaaay easier decision than letting the eye doctor slice my eye open with a laser.
In fact, I had a couple of panic moments about it during the deciding process.
1. What if something went wrong?
2. What if I didn’t like it? Yea, I know, what kind of question is that but for the last 40 y ears, I’ve managed my poor vision with contacts and glasses. And in the last few years, I could just take out my contacts, remove my glasses and read my iPhone with ease! Why mess with my routine.
Frankly, choosing LASIK was a bit more “emotional” than I imagined it would be.
There were decisions like did I correct both eyes for distance and opt for monovision — being able to see distance with one eye and close up with another — and not need readers at the computer?
The doctor gave me a monovision trial with contacts and I hated the contacts. They slid around on my eye, got clogged with protein residue so things looked blurry.
I had to work hard to clear my vision with those contacts BUT when I did, the monovision was great.
OR, hnmm, was it the monovision making things look blurry?
What to do, what to do?
So, I went to a healing service at church on the Friday night before I had to make the Monday morning decision.
I’d like to report God supernaturally healed my eyes, but instead, He gave me peace about the surgery.
In fact, I had a dream that night where I was talking to an eye doctor and I said, “Should I get the surgery?”
And he (or is it He) said, “Definitely!”
And there’s a number 3 to this scenario.
3. Now that we had some extra money from my writing did I want to take a chunk of it to spend on me?
I had to wrestle with that idea even though Hubby was 100% behind he procedure.
I went in Monday with a tentative yes in my heart.
But once I made the decision, wrote the check and schedule my surgery, I was super excited.
I Googled monovison. Googled LASIK. Talked to those who had it done and it was hard to find anything negative about it.
The most common response was, “best thing I ever did.”
So, I had the procedure on Thursday night.
It was pretty cool to experience. Painless. And my doctor was awesome!
I remained calm. Probably thanks to the one Valium I took though it didn’t seem to effect me at all.
But I knew God was with me.
So, I have new vision with which to use my new juicer.
I still need readers for some of the small print, but boy oh boy, I can see the clock at night.
I can see my computer screen.
Now the only thing is to get past this first week where I can’t get my eyes wet.
It’s really hard to wash one’s hair without getting one’s eyes wet!
As of last washing, I think I had some shampoo left in my hair.
So, those are a few of my new favorite things.
What about you? Anything cool enter your life lately?
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