Cataract Complications and Schedule Shutdown

This week at Inkreadable started off with a little bit of stress and ended with quite a lot. It started off well enough. After last week’s post had already been published, I went to the doctor to have the eye exam that I’d been waiting for almost a month. They confirmed the optometrist’s 50% vision loss but told me that in fact, the lens has clouded. I couldn’t get a very complete exam because the scanning and imaging machines were having technical issues. Throughout the whole hospital. So the doctor, asked if they could call me Friday to discuss options. It wasn’t like I had much of a choice and so agreed. On Thursday, I missed a call from the doctor but luckily they left a voicemail saying that the scanning and imaging machinery was working and that they were able to see that my retina was ok and they would proceed with surgery. I figured it would be a couple of weeks before they even called me to schedule the surgery. But in this case, I was wrong. They called me about three hours after I received the voicemail from the doctor. We schedule the surgery for later today. The surgery is not actually a surgery at all, but rather laser surgery. They’re going to put a second lens over the first one and laser through some holes to see if they can fix the cloudiness. The doctor said that they also saw wrinkling in the lens and hopefully this laser surgery will take care of that as well. I have spent the intervening week trying not to think about it. It’s been surprisingly easy as I’ve been stressed out with the collaboration for the free classes that the English Center is giving to Ukrainian refugees.

The English Center may have offered English lessons to Ukrainian refugees in order to bolster relations with the Amsterdam City Council, but I have not seen a single student. Monday last week was Easter Monday so they canceled the Beginner class. Thursday last week no one showed up and it was decided that the Ukrainian intermediate-advanced class would be paused. In my cynical world paused actually means çanceled. But it could be proven wrong and six months down the road the English Center could restart the intermediate-advanced class. It’s a bit of a shame because I actually like that level and they were working through some very interesting things with English central which is an app that the English Center has access to. In the email, it was explained that intermediate-advanced students were welcome in the Beginner class, where they could help out learners at a lower level. Unfortunately, that’s the class that I am looking forward to the least. A lot of work went into making a deck for beginner students in the last couple of weeks. On the one hand, I hope they come and that we have these lessons because of the work that we did but on the other hand, I’m absolutely terrified because I will be teaching it with Brenda. I haven’t been getting a lot of work from the English Center. I’m wondering if there might be something wrong with my teaching. This might be the chance I have to find out if that’s the case but it doesn’t mean that I’m not nervous. It’s the cherry on top of the Sundae that’s been my life in the last couple of weeks.

The surgery is happening on a day when all I have is Lillian. George and Jerry are on hiatus because of midterms. Odhran is off my schedule for the week because I don’t have his preferred time slot. So my schedule was only shut down on Tuesday. The rest of the week will be as normal unless I am told otherwise by the doctor. I spent this past weekend alternately stressing out about the surgery, the Ukrainian beginner class, and various things happening in the US. As of the publishing of this post, I’ll either be snoring or tossing and turning, but the surgery’s only an hour of my life. I can do it.

That’s all she wrote for this Inkreadable installment. But stay tuned. As always, there’s more to come

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