Lasik Experience

Finally I went ahead with my Lasik surgery after much procrastination. I had wanted to do it since 2 years back but held back when I discovered I was pregnant. Thereafter breastfed Xi En for 9 months and decided it was time to do something for myself! 🙂 Well.. partly for Xi En as well (trying to find an excuse!) as I hated groping around for glasses at night when he starts crying. Furthermore, my degree of correction required was about 600 degree per eye. Enough to turn me into a blind bat without the aid of glasses/contact lenses.

So I took decided to JUST DO IT!!

 

Shortlisted the place and the doctor. Decided to go ahead with Singapore National Eye Centre and chose Dr Chua Wei Han upon recommendations from friends. Firstly, I had to go through a series of detailed eye examination in order to ascertain if I was a suitable candidate for Lasik.

Dr Chua said that I am! I asked him why so – and he said that as long as your cornea is thick enough to conduct at least 2 to 3 times of Lasik surgery, he will perform the surgery for me. So.. that is the definition… I was a little concerned (I don’t wanna go under the knife too many times!). He reassured me that generally after the operation, it will take at least 6 months for the eye sights to stabilise.

 

Anyway, I can’t be bothered anymore. Had been dreaming of being able to wake up and “see” my surroundings immediately. Nothing can deter me anymore. Thus I signed up for the actual surgery 1 week later.

 

Though I had read sufficiently about the procedures and after care and etc, I probably underestimated the surgery. Seriously, I thought it will be minimum pain and everything will be over in 5 mins. BUT after going through the entire process, I realised that I don’t quite like the feeling of having my cornea “flipped open” by a surgical tool. And the pain after the surgery can be liken to someone giving you a few heavy punches in your eyes!

 

Dr Chua reassured me that before long, I would have forgotten the pain and jump for joy for the prefect eyesight. Well.. that’s partially true. I didn’t quite forgotten the pain but yes, I love my new found perfecto eyesight!!!!

 

Pre Lasik, I was so dependent on contact lenses. Post Lasik, I felt so weird that I didn’t need to remove my contact lenses before bed! The joke is: once or twice, I forgotten that I had Lasik done and went in front of the bathroom mirror to do the usual take-off-contact-lenses-to-wash routine!

 

This is probably the best surgery I have ever done in my life! 🙂 Loving my eyes now! 🙂

 

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Eye check and what it led to….

Xi En had a scheduled eye check (for preemies) last week and it became quite a roller coaster week for us in the end. The doctor did warn us to be prepared for him to be sedated during the eye check, thus we had to make him fast for 3 hours prior to the eye check. Fasting for a baby at his age is really not easy! Thank God we tried our best to time his feeds and entertained him throughout the long queue at KKH so that he won’t start thinking that he was hungry!!

 Kim trying to entertain Xi En with cartoon network. But obviously it wasn’t working… :

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In between the wait, Wai Jia came visiting! It had been some time since we last caught up. She finally got to carry Xi En for the first time. 🙂

 

eye check 2

 

 

So anyway, the doctor “ordered” for sedation, said that it is perfectly normal for sedation and they have done it many times. No known serious side effects. So – off we go. But prior to that, Xi En had to endure 3 rounds of 3 types of eye drops to dilate his eyes. This was probably the most horrible part of the eye check. Personally, having my eyes dilated by eye drops before, I can fully comprehend the stinging feeling! Poor boy.. that he had to go through this 3 times (this is his 3rd eye check at KKH).

After force-feeding him the sedation medicine, Xi En calmly fell asleep (Kim said we probably should ask for more of such medicine to give it to him when he refuses to sleep at night!). Thereafter the doctors/nurses proceeded to check if his eyes were dilated enough. No not enough – administrate more of the horrible stinging eye drops. 😦

Ok – eyes dilated. One of the doctors used a long probe thing and started poking his eyes! Of course, that was after she reassured us that the baby won’t feel anything and it won’t hurt his eyes. Xi En was still calm throughout the poking. Can you imagined that the first time he had this test (at just 2+ months)– he wasn’t sedated. He was crying the house down and his mummy cried buckets helplessly too. 😦

 

Xi En being sedated and his heartbeat being monitored:

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We can definitely do with some good news after all these poking and drama, ya? Thank God, the doctor said that Xi En’s eyes are cleared! i.e. no problem with the back of his eyes (which can be an issue for some preemies). We just need to bring him for routine eye checks again when he is 4 years old. It is such a relief to tick the box off one of his many checks! Thank God for a good report! 🙂 🙂

 

What happened after the eye check…..? Xi En suddenly came down with a mid-grade fever when he got home and it persisted for 2 days before we decided not to take the chance and brought him back to KKH A&E at daybreak. According to them, neither the sedation medicine nor eye check is supposed to cause any fever. It could just be a viral fever. But to be on the safe side, they did blood and urine tests. Thankfully, nothing abnormal in the results. So we went home with more medicine. Xi En’s fever kept up for another day before it finally subsided. And then….. the next day – his whole face, neck, body, groin and etc broke up in red rashes! Arrrgghhh!! When it rains, it really pours huh?!

 

 

A really unhappy-full-of-rashes baby:

rashes

 

Mum was saying that this is probably the body’s way of dispelling the heat/toxic from within. Really not sure if this is true. Now we are just hoping that the rashes will fade soon so we don’t need to go back to the oh-so-familiar KKH……………………..

 

It’s the season again!

It’s the season to eat durians again! Yummy! My favourite season! Just one year ago, I was stuffing myself silly with durians in an attempt to fatten the little one in me within the shortest possible time. Well.. it is quite obvious that most of the fats got transferred to me rather than the baby! x_x

 

Anyway, this year, the little one is here to get a taste of durian himself! Mum bought some organic durians and we decided that since it is “organic”, Xi En can have a taste of them! Furthermore, it is supposed to be rich in proteins, fats and carbo… definitely good for gaining weight! heee…..

 

 

The loot: Organic Durian!

durian 1

 

 

I want! I want! I want! Well.. Xi En pretty much reaches out to everything that he can put into his mouth:

 

durian 7

 

First taste of durian:

 

 

durian 3

 

 

1st reaction… Now is that nice or nice? :D:

 

durian 2

 

 

Swallowing it…:

durian 5

 

 

Ok.. I think I like it:

durian 6

 

 

 

Back for more! :

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Now I am sure Xi En will grow up to like durians like his Daddy and Mummy! Good habits to cultivate from young! hhaaa… 😀