I returned to the Doctor today for my 3 week post op checkup. All looks good (sorry for the pun.)
I’ve cracked the 20/30 line on the chart. I was able to see two letters on that line with a little blinking and concentration. The people in the office continue to use phrases like “that’s great,” “looks excellent,” and other superlatives. I can only assume that things are going very well.
I’ve been cleared to exercise, bike riding, walking, etc. No lifting that “makes you grunt.” That’s clear — the sit ups will have to wait. But, I will get to do some more activity.
I also asked about driving. Dr. Carson said that legally my vision was good enough, but I should only drive in the best conditions. That’s fine, I haven’t actually had any situations where not being able to drive was a huge problem.
My driver’s license vision test is early next month. Bad timing. We will have to see what happens. Might be a little awkward if I’m asked why I haven’t driven for a month. “Oh, I haven’t trusted my vision, but I should be able to pass this vision test.”
Today I reached a milestone.
In June I started swimming again after 19 years out of the pool. In high school I had been an above average swimmer on my schools swim team. But that all ended when I left for college. Over the years my weight has balooned and I was in pretty awful shape.
Then in June I started swimming. My family went with a few other families to a water park out in the sun of the East Bay. The park had a swimming pool with a lane set aside for lap swimming, so I jumped in and did a few lengths. That got the bug in me. I went and bought goggles and got into a public pool the next week.
Oh, the agony. I swam maybe 600 yards and was nearly physically ill on the drive home. Just shows what 19 years out of the pool will do to you. So I set my sights on getting my yardage up. Specifically I wanted to swim twice a week and get up to 2,000 yards a session by the end of September.
I actually did pretty well at the two times a week. Better than I expected. I still am often very tired when I get out. No hopping out of the pool like I used to.
Well after 3 months, I swam 2,000 yards today. And, I didn’t feel half bad after getting out.
Now I will have some surgery (that will be another post) and hope that I can get back in the water in a few months. In the meantime I’ll concentrate on shedding some weight.
But I’m happy with where I’ve gotten. I am in much better shape even now for my surgery, and hopefully it will help in recovering quickly.
Matt made a new post on his blog Runner’s Journey this weekend that got me wondering (again) what I am going to do about getting some exercise.
The last time I ran was 5 or 6 years ago. At that time I had the urge to lose some weight and try to feel better. I did pretty well. I lost about 20 lbs and was able to run around my local lake (Lake Merced: 4-5 miles). Then, I had a surgery which made running uncomfortable for a few months and I’ve never gotten back out since.
If Matt keeps it up, I may find myself out on a run some chilly morning. Keep it up Matt.