I can do this with one eye closed! National Parks

National Parks has been the theme of my latest group of Where Ya Been Stamps? One eye? Yep! On November 25 I had surgery on my right eye to remove a cataract that was caused by my total body chemo and radiation treatments for Non Hodgkins Lymphoma. I knew it was coming at some point and I was blessed with 10 years of tolerable vision. I got to the point where I three paris of glasses to see anything! I had distance, reading and computer glasses. I decided to get the surgery. So Nov 25 right eye got done and it is pretty well healed now- three weeks later – but still a bit blurry. My left eye was scheduled for Dec 9. That surgery did not go well at all. The capsule and structure that holds the lens in place broke. When they tried to remove the natural lens it broke apart in such a way that debris and lens shards where left behind. The scary part is when I removed the patch from the surgery that night I could not see anything! It looked like a was looking through a very thick frosted rippled piece of glass. It was unnerving. The surgeon sent me to a retinal and corneal specialist. So Thursday I had corrective surgery.It was much more complicated – but doctors feel the got all the debris and they found a retinal tear. They fixed that. So it has been three days – and I can see! It is very sore and feels like I have a huge piece of something in my eye. My eye is red an swollen – but  can see! So luckily for me – I have been designing these stamps for so long I proved that I can literally do it with one eye closed! LOL

Before the surgery I had heard from everyone – oh cataract surgery is so easy and your will see perfectly afterwards! That is just not true! The surgery is not all that hard but you do not see perfectly after. It takes 2-3 weeks to heal. There is a lot of meds that you have to take in the way of eyedrops afterwards, and yes while rare – there can be complications. I could have laid around for the past 4 weeks just babying myself and feeling scared or worried! I chose not to do that. While it took twice as long to do everything and I could only work 20 minutes at a time – I chose to be productive. It helped pass the time and made me grateful for at least having one eye! That is when the New 12 National Park Stamps were born.

National Parks has been a BIG request from my customers for years. 2016 is the100th Anniversary of National Parks! It was perfect timing for creating this new line. Some of these places look amazing! I will have to try to get to see them all! We live in such a beautiful country – I am very grateful for that and for the miracles of medicine. Let me know what you think!

National Parks Stamps by Debra Gabel of Zebra Patterns

National Parks Stamps by Debra Gabel of Zebra Patterns

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Whiskers
    Dec 21, 2014 @ 20:31:02

    Glad you got your eyeballs fixed, and I understand what you are talking about even though I didn’t have the complications you had. My surgeries were 9/22 and 10/20/2014. I didn’t have chemo but I did have radiation, and apparently they are fertilizer for the problem. Only one who has or is going through the experience can understand how impatient one gets to get back to a normal life.
    I bugged my LQS (she participated in the Row by Row last summer) into getting Bobbin, but I don’t think she’s finished with hers yet.
    I was surprised to look through your 12 National Park stamps and realized I have seen 6 of them.
    Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year.

    Reply

  2. Zebra Patterns by Debra Gabel
    Dec 22, 2014 @ 06:55:24

    Whiskers – I have 14 done now! Just added Glacier Bay AK and Ellis Island NY Bay.

    Reply

  3. Mary J Johnson
    Dec 22, 2014 @ 15:05:26

    They are wonderful. Great color

    Reply

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