Thanks for all your kind comments and e-mails. I greatly appreciate your concern. As it turned out, the Lasik surgery didn't go quite as well as planned. Apparently, I have enormously large pupils and freakishly thin corneas, therefore making me an unsuitably poor candidate for Lasik. So in lieu of Lasik, I had what's known as a photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), which is basically an earlier form of laser surgery. Unfortunately, the procedure is a little more painful and recovery can take a bit longer. But I'm slowly getting my vision back and today's the first day that I can even look at a computer screen. I feel like I've been in solitary confinement for the past 5 days and I've missed keeping up with all of you.
As for me, I think it's going to take a few more days before I fully regain my powers of sight. But I will say that one of the great unexpected fringe benefits of undergoing PRK (and having one of your buddies be the operating surgeon) is the generous party favor bag filled with Vicodin. In fact, I don't feel like I just had surgery. I feel like I just left Robert Evan's birthday party with Courtney Love. I just popped two Vics with a healthy glass of Scotch and I'm starting to feel great. A little loopy but still coherent. In fact, the dog and I just had a great conversation about how watching Samuel Alito's confirmation hearing is like watching Adrian Zmed in "The Battle of the Network Stars." You keep waiting for him to screw up but when he doesn't, you start getting the scary feeling that he might actually get through the damn thing!
Anyway, I'll stop babbling now. In passing, I just want to say that this week is not only the holy Muslim holiday of Eid Al-Adha but it's also National De-Lurking Week (begun by my lovely friend Sheryl.) This is the week where loyal readers, sporadic visitors, virgin commentors and long-time lurkers come out of the woodwork to leave a comment on the blogs that they visit. So, if you're out there, c'mon out and just say hi. Tell me about yourself, where you're from and why you like visting MetroDad. And then, go over to my buddy Dutch's site and help lighten his wallet for a good cause.)
Happy De-Lurking Week! (Is there a Hallmark card for that?)