ELDER MUSIC: Roger McGough
Cataract Surgery – The Details

Elders Re-Enact Famous Movie Scenes

By the time most of you read today's post, I will have undergone cataract surgery on my left eye and be home already. I am scheduled for the procedure at 9AM and told I will be ready to leave by 10AM.

It sounds so simple, doesn't it. Hundreds of people – friends, blog readers, strangers here and there around the web, physicians – have told me for many years how terrific it is. No big deal, they say.

But I'm scared to death, haven't slept all weekend and cannot concentrate on much of anything.

Long before now, I've asked the doctors all the questions, done all the online homework. I know the surgery is easy, fast, painless and there are complications in less that one percent of surgeries.

Doesn't matter. Fear rules – IT'S MY EYE, DAMN IT. I don't claim to rational about this.

So since I'm not in shape to write a coherent blog post, I'll show you something delightful I had been saving for next week's Interesting Stuff but let's use it today instead.

I first saw this when Pamela (Lady Luz) of Costa del la Luz Gardening sent me a link a few days ago.

Then, yesterday, Marian Van Eyk McCain of Elderwomanblog sent the link too. Here's your first taste:


In case you don't recognize it, that's a scene from Saturday Night Live with Irmgard Alt, 79, and Siegfried Gallasch, 87, as Tony Manero and Stephanie Mangano.

Here's what it's about: The residents of the The Contilia Retirement Group in Essen, Germany recreated 12 classic moments from famous movies for a 2014 calendar.

The oldest resident to take party is 98-year-old Walter Loeser on the left in this Easy Rider scene.


And here is 80-year-old Erwin J. von der Heiden as – you don't need to be told - Rocky Balboa.


There are nine more images of elders re-creating scenes in nine more iconic movies. The best photos I found are at Der Spiegel and there is a Google-translated story from German here.

As Ruth-Ellen B. Joeres points out in the comments below, those links to the story and more photos don't work now. Here's a better link to all 12 photos.


At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Marc Leavitt: Getting Taller, Getting Smaller


Ronni, Hope you're reading this with new clarity and feeling zippy! My two cataract
removals left me feeling that I had seen the world through a fog for quite a while. Am sure you will be feeling the same.
By the way, it really doesn't matter what others tell you about "how easy" it all is. It's YOUR eye. It was easy but I was scared stiff all the same...
Good news--it's OVER!!!

Welcome home. Not only is it all over, but you can see colors so much clearer now. I so hope you are feeling less stressed now.

All over? I do have two eyes, you know. Off to the surgeon now for the first eye.

You'll be back on the "blogging" trail in no time............& hell, even a colonoscopy scares me! Be very well soon. Dee

Will be glad to hear that all went well. I and others share this same fear. Even though we can say all will be well, I know that doesn't help much. Anxious to hear about it as I know other people face this as well.
Wishing you a quick recovery...

Hope you will soon be back to seeing better than ever. My husband was terrified - he had worn very thick glasses from age four and was super protective of his eyes. But after the surgery he said he could see better than at any time in his life. Expect you will have similar results and are certainly entitled to be scared.

By now you will be seeing this with clearer eye(s). Hope all went smoothly.

Just the thought of someone cutting into an eyeball (or anything else is scary for us all); this surgery is SO worth it...now if you survive all the drops....

I am pulling for you that all turns out well. Thank you so much for sharing this whole process with us. You are a gem! Since I have been told that cataract surgery is in my future, I am also scared so have shared your feelings all along. Please let us know about the after care. Do you need to have someone staying with you as you recover?

Of course you're apprehensive. As you say, it is your eye, and it is your first experience with this. When the first one is done, I hope it helps minimize the anxiety about the second. I'll be looking forward to your first post-operative post with all the details. Keeping you in my thoughts for the best possible outcome.

I'm glad that one of your eyes has had the surgery. By now you probably know that it was worth it and you are probably using a timer to put the frozen peas on your eye and to put the drops in.

It's always nicer to have someone with you and I am sorry you have to undergo this alone.

I think the hardest part for me was sleeping upright in my recliner, but this, too, shall pass.

After having undergone a successful treatment for a retinal infection a few years ago I would like to say one thing about eye doctors, they are the most caring and concerned doctors I have ever come in contact with and operate almost entirely pain free before , during and after surgery.A day does not go by when i don't think of the care i received at Mt. Sinai here in NY. They saved my eyesite.

good luck with the cataract surgeries--of course they terrify everybody, but I always remember what my wonderful surgeon told me, namely, eye surgeries occur so frequently in cases involving old people that the research has specialized on making such surgeries extremely safe. The thrill I first experienced when the first eye was done and I realized I could see individual leaves on trees is something I will never forget.
As to today's post from you: the link to Der Spiegel has a note in German saying that the page is no longer available; what follows is today's entry. The second link to the translation, however, allows me to see the photos [although the weird translation bugged me so much that I switched to "English" to "German" [see at the top of the page] and was relieved to be able to get the German text, less peculiar and often clearer in other ways. ...In case anybody else can read German and was also bugged!

I almost sent you this - but didn't want to make myself look foolish again. Maybe I should just make your blog my home page...


Did everything go as well as we all hope it did?

I have a digital clock in my family room and before my cataract surgery I just ignored it because it was futile. I could not read that clock from my chair.

The very first day after the surgery that clock stood out and the numbers were as clear as can be. I can see it from anyplace in the room.

Hope you have the same happy results!

Hoping you're now home safe and sound. Going in for a "procedure" (I'm told that's what operations are called in the US nowadays), any "procedure", is scary, partly because it means handing over all control without knowing what the results will be. And the thought of anything near an eye is very scary. Fingers crossed it has all gone as it is supposed to and that recovery will go the same way. Thank you for thinking of us even today.

Sending nothing but a hug... take it or leave it on the floor, despised, unwanted, rejected and lonely.

But if you don't take it right now it will leap out of the dark and get you at an unexpected moment.

You've been warned. ;)

I feel the same way about my eyes. All my friends who have had cataract were happy with the results, in my sisters case more than happy, she hadn't been able to drive at night for 2-3 years and now she can. But...they were all frightened for their precious eyes. Sending you my good wishes and hugs.

The drugs are GREAT!

I hope you have the amazing results I had. I went around the house saying "I didn't know that bottle was purple; I thought it was BROWN!' and "I didn't know those shells on the shower curtain were gold--I always thought they were brown."
But the best part for me, who had always worn coke-bottle -bottom-thick glasses since 7, was that I only needed glasses for a little more clarity to drive or watch TV--have never again needed any for around the house, and for well over 10 years, the reading lens implanted in my right eye (computer distance one in left eye, and they worked together)was all I needed. Lately I have needed reading glasses for late at night and long sessions at either book or computer screen.Best of luck.

Best wishes for a super-speedy recovery. By this time tomorrow, you'll probably wonder why you were even worried about this surgery. I hasten to add that I was, too, but when I have to have Eye #2 done (probably late this year or early next) I'll do it--not wait until I can barely see at all! The prep is a nuisance--all those drops--but it was SO worth it.

Anticipation is the worst part, at least it was for me. Along with others, sending upbeat wishes for you to
soon be writing about how it was.

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