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Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

Poor GingerDead. I’m unleashing my personal demons on the lil guy. After, a routine eye exam I learned the retina of my right eye was like peeling off. I had to see a specialist who confirmed this and found the left eye was up to no good as well. Tomorrow I get a needle to the eye followed by litle dotted lines drawn in laser beams. Should be lots of fun. hooO!

Truth be told, I’m kinda terrified. I will try really hard not to kick the doctor when he comes at me with the needle. He’s a real nice guy and all but you know, it’s a reflex thing. Anyway, this week’s comic was sort of therapeutic. Hopefully GingerDead forgives me. By the way, I’m sure most of you recognize the film reference in the last panel. If not, you need to go rent A Clockwork Orange asap. Great movie. Great book.
If all goes well and recovery is as fast as they say it might be, then I’ll see you next week. If not, then I have a few guest comics up my sleeve so you’ll get an update no matter what. 🙂
<3 Calan

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23 Responses to “glazzies”

  1. PerhapsToast (Andrew) Says:

    Nothing like a bit of classical conditioning to brighten your day.

  2. Nat Says:

    Don’t worry about the needle. I have Iritis and had to have steroid injections via needle. They numb it first, with some solution on a cotton ball, so you won’t feel a thing.

  3. calan Says:

    Hiya Nat. They promised some numbing drops. I think it’s the concept of a needle in my eyeball that just freaks me out. Also, the thought of accidentally blinking or moving my eye when they are lasering. I’m sure they do stuff to make that impossible, but my imagination wants to run wild with horrible scenarios. wee! Thanks for posting 🙂

  4. R.T. Barnham III Says:

    Jeezie Creezie Calan… I’m hopin you’re doin yer best to lay off those peepers. I’m sure things could be a whole lot worse, but… ugh, my intense phobia of any type of eye trauma or maintainence make your current situation especially horrifying to me. I can’t watch my wife use an eyelash curler without shuddering.

    If I was in your shoes, I’de already be drunk, and that binge wouldn’t end until well after the surgery. I believe wholeheartedly that you’re handling the situation with significantly more class and professionalism then I would.

  5. Starguy Says:

    Sounds like you’re about to have a grand old time at the doctors office. I can’t even stand putting in contacts. Good luck.

  6. Seraphine Says:

    The thing about fear is nothing happens like you imagine. /hugs

  7. calan Says:

    i’m kind of sorry i mentioned it. this is supposed to be a place you all come for smiles not gross stories about needles in the eye. ewww.

    i do appreciate all your kind words. 🙂

    now, let’s talk about fluffy bunnies wearing pink flip flops sipping lemonade!

  8. Seraphine Says:

    fluffy bunny comes
    one hears flip hop flip hop hop
    bunny loses shoe

  9. calan Says:


  10. justme Says:

    viddy this, my droogs
    fluffy bunnies rampaging
    to Beethoven’s Ninth

  11. Chris Says:

    Holy shit! A needle in your eye!?! I am freaking out!!!

  12. Faile-ure Says:


    I’m sorry to hear that you have problems with your retina.

    I’m even more sorry that you have to deal with needles of all things to help your medical dilemna.

    Hopefully things will go well for you and your eyes.

    Love the little “reference” of A Clockwork Orange at the last panel there. xD

  13. Lynda Says:

    Augh, that’s not fun, even if it gives you a good story to freak people out with. Those numbing drops are incredible, though. The needle is so close you don’t see actually it, just a blurry thing. I think. I had to have metal picked out of my eyes as a kid, and the weird blue light thing annoyed me more.

    So I’ve just given you something other than needles to dread. Um. Good luck with the eyes, I’ll take some of that bunny lemonade now.

  14. Keiki Lemieux Says:

    Bunnies on my lap
    Bunnies on my head
    Bunnies in my pocket
    Bunnies on the bed

    Little fluffy furballs
    Warm and soft and sweet
    Today, my companion
    Tomorrow they are meat!

    Bunnies on my pita
    Bunnies on a bun
    Grilled bunny in my salad
    They are so much fun!

  15. Ad Says:

    In true Clockwork Orange fashion, what piece of music are they going to ruin for you?

  16. Seraphine Says:

    Good luck today! /hugs

    /me pulls out a carrot for fluffy bunny, luring her away from Keiki…

  17. Blixa Shirakawa Says:

    Oh cool. Correct eye surgery. I’ve been curious about doing that myself. I hope it all goes well for you.


  18. calan Says:

    Hey Everyone 🙂

    Blixa it wasn’t lasix to correct my vision, it was a preventitive thing in hopes to save my retina so i don’t end up blind.

    So, it’s all over. I had the procedure yesterday afternoon. The needle was no big deal. I made it clear i was terrified and got double doses of the numbing drops. 🙂 I didn’t look when he came over with the needle and quite frankly didn’t feel or see a thing. YAY!

    The laser was another story. Very strange experience. I had to be responsible for holding my eye in the direction he said. There was no mechanism to keep it in place like I expected. With the numbness and the bright lights I had no concept of which direction I was looking and was so scared I’d move my eye and he’d zap the wrong thing. To compensate, I relied on my brain to direct it by whispering strange mantras in rythym to the laser flashes like “up, left, up, left” or “toes, toes, toes”. I don’t care if i seemed crazy, it seemed to help. He said I kept my eye in place better than most people. 🙂

    It was still pretty damn painful at times, but all in all not as bad as i expected. After a rough afternoon and night, I woke up this morning in pretty great shape. I expect by tomorrow I’ll be back to normal. YAY! Now we just hope that it works and keeps my stupid retina in place. I can’t believe I’ll have to do this all over again with the left eye in a month or so. I’m going to tell my body to heal it so it’s not even necessary. 😉

    Thanks for all your comments and haikus. You guys rock!

    Ad: No music was harmed in the procedure. 🙂

    Lynda: My light was large, round, bright green with black veins. It was kinda neat except when it hurt.

    P.S. The doctor’s office has a computer in the waiting room for people to use while they wait. (pretty swank, huh?) Guess what the homepage is set to now? hehe.

  19. Chris Says:

    Well I’m glad to hear that the first round went well. I wonder if the second time will be better because you know what to expect… or if it will be worse because you know what to expect. :p

  20. calan Says:

    thanks chris 🙂 i think maybe it’s better knowing because left to my imagination…it was pretty awful. 😛

    Now for Zef Vaughn who IMd me in SL the following haiku because wordpress keeps eating his posts, here’s his haiku:

    Fluffy bunnies lounge
    by seaside sipping cold drinks
    made from squeezed lemons

    Anyone know why wordpress would do that? He has a basic Windows firewall..would that do it? I want Zef to be able to post again. 🙁

  21. Scarlette Says:

    😀 I love these more and more with each one you make!

  22. Raindrop Drinkwater Says:

    Glad the procedure went ok!
    This strip made me wince 😀 I loved it!

  23. calan Says:

    thanks scarlette and raindrop. 🙂

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