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April Interviews

4/1 Jennifer Chow, Mimi Lee Gets A Clue
4/8 John Gaspard
4/15 Art Taylor, The Boy Detective & The Summer of '74
4/22 Maggie Toussaint, Seas the Day
4/29 Grace Topping, Staging Wars

Saturday Guest Bloggers
4/4 Sasscer Hill
4/18 Jackie Green

WWK Bloggers:
4/11 Paula Gail Benson
4/25 Kait Carson


WWK is proud of our four Agatha nominees. Kaye George for Best Short Story--not her first time to be nominated, Connie Berry and Grace Topping for Best First Mystery Novel (wish they weren't having to compete against each other), and Annette Dashofy for Best Contemporary Novel--her fifth nomination!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Look for Kaye George and Margaret S. Hamilton's short stories in the new Mid-Century Murder by Darkhouse Books. Kaye's story is "Life and Death on the Road" and Margaret's story is titled "4BR/3.5BA Contemporary."

Kaye George's first novel in the Vintage Sweets mystery series, Revenge is Sweet, will be released on March 10th. Look for the interview here on March 11.

Grace Topping's second novel in Laura Bishop staging series, Staging Wars, will be released by Henery Press on April 28th. Look for the interview here on April 29th.

Don't miss Shari Randall's "The Queen of Christmas" available on at Amazon. Shari's holiday story for WWK was too long so she published it for our enjoyment. It's available for 99 cents or on Kindle Unlimited for free!

KM Rockwood's "The Society" and "To Die A Free Man; the Story of Joseph Bowers" are included in the BOULD Awards Anthology, which was released on November 19. KM won second place with a cash prize for "The Society." Congratulations, KM! Kaye George's "Meeting on the Funicular" is also in this anthology, which can be bought for 99 cents on Kindle until November 30.

Shari Randall will be writing again for St. Martin's, perhaps under a pseudonym. We look forward to reading Shari's Ice Cream Shop Mystery series debuting next year. Congratulations, Shari!


Sunday, January 6, 2019

I Can See Clearly Now

I’ve worn glasses and/or contacts since I was 8 years old. I remember being amazed at what I’d been missing even back then. Our living room carpet had a design to it! I’d never realized!

In the (many) years since then, I’ve dealt with new prescriptions on a yearly basis. Fuzzy vision made clear by new glasses. Last summer, with six months to go before my annual eye exam, I noticed a drastic decrease in my eyesight. When I was finally eligible (according to my insurance) for a new checkup, the diagnosis startled me. My script hadn’t changed. I had cataracts.

Being an overachiever, I couldn’t simply have the usual cataracts though. In addition, I had posterior subcapsular cataracts. And I had wrinkled retinas.

Seriously? Wrinkled retinas? My Avon night cream apparently doesn’t reach that deep.

Cataract surgery, which I’d always known would be in my future suddenly became imminent. It would take care of both types of cataracts—two of my three issues—with the hope that the wrinkled retinas weren’t a major source of my vision problems.

On December 13, I went in to have my left eye done. Everyone told me how easy and safe the surgery was. How thrilled I’d be with the results. How easy the recovery was.

I was still terrified. They were cutting into my eye. Would I be aware of the procedure? How much pain would I be in afterwards? With only one good eye, would I be able to see to write between surgeries? I mean, I have a deadline for revisions coming up SOON. I can’t afford to be half-blind for four weeks. (Note: Do not schedule cataract surgeries around the holidays.)

Hubby called off work to take me to the surgical center. The prep took what felt like hours. The staff applied rounds of drops into my left eye while I sat in a room with the queue of waiting patients. Some were having their second eyes done and offered sage advice to those of us who were having our first. One by one, they took us back to pre-op where I had an IV started and spoke with Dr. M and the anesthesiologist who assured me all would be well. I would be in a twilight state and may or may not remember the surgery.

Let me tell you, I was firmly in the may NOT category. I remember being wheeled into the operating room. Next thing I knew, a nurse was asking me if I wanted a snack. (The answer was yes.)

I remember Hubby driving me home. I had on the not-so-stylish dark sunglasses they’d given me. And I could SEE. For the next several days, I’d cover one eye, then the other, and marvel at the difference. Not only could I see without glasses, the difference in colors was amazing. My lace curtains were still white! I’d thought they’d gotten dingy and discolored. Blues were BLUE instead of purple.

I know of several friends who are having this surgery in the coming months, so let me tell you a few things that are normal. Light sensitivity. Pain when looking at the computer (or any) screen. Halos, starbursts, streaks…all normal and will go away in time.

The post-op surgical pain wasn’t bad at all. As a long-time contact lens wearer, I can say it felt like having a dry contact in. Except you can’t take it out. The eye drops I heard so much about (many people told me they were the worst part) were soothing. I looked forward to each application.

For me, the worst part was the (insert expletive deleted of your choice) hard plastic eye shield I had to wear at night for the first week. “Don’t sleep on your left side or put pressure on the left eye,” they warned me. My sleeping position of preference is my left side, so the only way I felt confident I wouldn’t end up mashing my new eye was to “sleep” in the recliner. For a week. When I received the all-clear to ditch the eye shield and sleep however I wanted, I was never so overjoyed to face-plant in my pillow in my bed.

As for my concerns about being able to work, no problem. I have rearranged my desk so that my screen is farther away (I needed to sit VERY CLOSE before the surgery). If I wear my contact in my right eye, all I need are my cheap drugstore readers for perfect close vision.

One other thing they don’t warn you about is the between surgery issues. Without my right contact, my left eye works too hard resulting in monster eyestrain headaches. WITH my right contact, I can see okay, but it’s like my brain is receiving mixed messages. My depth perception is off, and I feel a little like Jack Elam. Remember him? 

I get bouts of vertigo. Closing my eyes for a bit resolves the dizziness, but I really look forward to getting my second eye done (January 10) so I don’t have to deal with it anymore.

I almost forgot—apparently the wrinkled retinas aren’t an issue, so a second set of surgeries won’t be needed. You can bet I’m happy dancing about that!


Grace Topping said...

So glad it went well and wishing you all the best for the second surgery.

Kait said...

Bionic eyes are the best! Like you, I was amazed at the how much detail and color had been lost over the years and the difference in the vision between the two eyes. The two weeks between surgeries were a lesson in patience, but well worth it. Best of luck with the second surgery.

Jim Jackson said...

Annette -- I'm happy the first surgery went well and have fingers, toes, but not eyes, crossed that your second surgery will also go splendidly.

Liz Milliron said...

Happy the first surgery went well and good luck on the second!

Annette said...

Thanks, Grace, Kait, Jim, and Liz!

Kait, two weeks, yes. I was definitely ready to have the second one done after two weeks. Unfortunately, they weren't doing surgeries over the holidays, so it's been FOUR weeks. I'm BEYOND ready now.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

One down, one to go! So happy everything went well for you.

Paula Gail Benson said...

Best wishes on your next surgery. So glad the first has been a success and not too difficult to tolerate. I know the experience will inspire more writing!

Annette said...

Thanks, Margaret! Four days to go for my second surgery!

Thanks, Paula. Yes, I'm already pondering which resident of Vance Township is going to be diagnosed with cataracts!

Mary Garrett said...

Go, champ! You are an excellent role model and information source. Four days . . . wishing you all the best. <3

KM Rockwood said...

Glad to hear that it's so far, so good. I hope the next procedure is equally successful!

Anonymous said...

Annette, what a journey! Thanks for sharing with humor and the facts.

Annette said...

Thank you, Mary and Kathleen. And you're very welcome, "anonymous."