I thought – long as I’m going in for surgery this morning – that I would do a comparison of how the process works now, as compared with 25 years ago when I had my first cataract surgeries.

The first time around, having cataracts out while young was a two-part process.

The first was the removal of the cataract itself.  This was followed by wearing “Coke-bottle glasses” for about 10-years.  After a month, I was fitted for “soft” contacts and that seemed to work well, except for things like swimming.

When I finally got the implants, it was a one-night stay in the hospital and then the eye patch came off in a few days.  The patch looked like an aluminum egg-strainer that had been cut in half and had tabs on it, which was bandaged all around. 

Still, it was several days with the eye covered.

From what I understand – having read up on things this morning – it looks like recovery is a much faster process now.  In a lot of cases, the covering is off the eye same day and useable vision is back in a day – or less!

When I had the implants the first time, the grossest part of the procedure was the shot through the temple to deaden the optic nerve.  That was a little scary:  Ever get a shot in the temple, before?  Not the kind of thing you look forward to – and I hope this is not part of medical history.  We’ll find out this morning…

The reason for writing this down is simple:  Almost everyone who lives a long enough life will get cataracts. Some of the material in the eye is like “egg white” – and over time, many factors can conspired to “cook it” and as the process moves along, the quality of vision degrades as the white becomes cloudy and then white.

Specific irritants are one way this happens, but 50-years of exposure to high UV levels, low-lever inflammation  and allergies will do the trick, too.

In terms of pre-op, I didn’t get any special instructions like don’t eat, but I’m not – just in case.

Also, while no one told me to do it, I have been on the low-dose aspirin routine and I will skip the dose this morning in order to not bleed as readily.

The initial assessment, from the local eye doc was $82.  That included the dilating and checking out the eye.  Not sure how doctors work their “back-end” referral business, but that is an area for further study.

Although I could have had the surgery done in Palestine, I elected to go to a specialty practice in Tyler.

Nothing against the local fellow – who has an excellent reputation.  But I look at medical procedures a lot like baseball:  I want someone who is well-equipped and has a lot of practice.  I figure the more experience, the better.

If this all goes “according to plan” the columns will be back on track in no time.

In fact, thinking about it, the “bad eye” (the 20-100 feller) might get red9one.

I’ll ask this morning if they have a “two for one” package or a coupon.  Not likely, but since we all know Everything is a Business Model, it never hurts to ask.

May post an update (or dictate one, we’ll see, lol) this afternoon. 

And if things go ridiculously perfectly, I will at least get the Peoplenomics charts up tomorrow because we are (going into this morning’s action) at a “make or break.”

This week’s action, and next, will determine if we are going back down to the S&P 1,860 kind of level, or if we will bust on up and see new all-time highs in short order.

I’m agnostic on this break, other than finding it a technically interesting pivot.  If we get new highs right away, that will mean the length of our fifth and final move up from 2009 will be truncated and the Second Depression would be game-on for 2017.

On the other hand, if we see the decline first, then the slope of the rally will be less vertical and we might have a chance to stretch things out until 2018.

I hope you noticed the remarks of Alan Greenspan recently, however.  He essentially said the monetary jiggling has gone about as far as it can while acknowledging that QE;s are becoming ever-less effective.

More later…and I’ll keep an eye out for developments…

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