by Charles McKelvy, Obl. OSB

Back in the surf, with hot new lenses.

May 25, 2021, Back in the swim at South Shore Health & Racquet Club

It is two weeks to the day since my second cataract surgery, and I’m back in the swim. I last swam on April 25, knowing that I was going to be out of the pool for a full month.
A big sacrifice for sure, but worth it, because I knew I would be twice blessed by having Dr. David Cooke insert PanOptix® trifocal interocular lenses in my eyes. A condition of surgery, of course, was that I had to stay away from pools, hot tubs, and lakes for two weeks after each eye. That totalled one entire month, and thus I marked May 25 on my calendar as my return to swimming date.
And, so, I booked pool time at South Shore for Tuesday, May 25, and, as Natalie splashed at my side, I hopped in the pool and swam a lap.
And then another.
And another.
And, oh, what a feeling.
I did have something in the bank, after all.
Who knew, right?
Well, I’m all right being back in the swim with fabulous vision.
I could see the bottom, the walls, the lane markers, Natalie swimming over there in the training lane, and my own bubbles.
Clear swimming is back, and now I’m waiting for Lake Michigan to warm up so I can launch myself there for long morning swims. And, yes, I do have a bright orange tow float to signal my presence on the big lake.

(Keep an eye out for more Eye Pieces)

About charleymckelvy

Charles McKelvy lives and writes in southwest Michigan with his wife and fellow writer, Natalie McKelvy. They established the Dunery Press in 1988 in order to publish their own fiction. They continue to do so to this day. Charles McKelvy is an Eagle Scout.
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