24 December 2010

Merry Christmas Eve & Advent Prayer Buddy Reveal

It's been a tougher week than anticipated.

I had my laser eye surgery (selective PRK for those of you who want the particulars) at about 10am on Monday and the recovery has been more difficult and shower than I thought it was going to be. I was told by so many people, "You'll be driving by Christmas Eve!" Alas, it is Christmas Eve and I'm struggling to see the computer screen.

I was very happy that they gave me A.tivan at the laser eye clinic because I could barely keep my eyes open in the light. I slept most of Tuesday as well. I was feeling pretty good Wednesday and I totally overdid it. My eye doctor (who is doing all of my aftercare) said that I could watch a bit of TV, but I also snuck in some time with my i.Phone. The bandage contact lenses were removed yesterday and I was feeling the pain. Our cleaning lady was at set to come to our house so I ended up taking another A.tivan and sleeping in my best friend's daughter's bed.

When I woke up this morning I was feeling really good. The vision in my left eye is really good and my right eye is lagging behind (my prescription was slightly higher in my right, I have no idea if that's related or not). As the day goes on my eyes are feeling dryer and my vision is getting blurrier. We're ushering at midnight mass so it will definitely be interesting! I was joking to Mr. JB that we should've bought stock in the company that makes the lubricating drops!

I see my optomitrist on the 29th and he expects that my vision will be that much better. I have to wait for my corneal epithelium to heal in order for my vision to be 20/20. I should be all set to drive myself to school on the 3rd!

Advent Prayer Buddy Reveal:

I've been busting to let everyone know who I had to pray for! When I got the e-mail from Joy Behind the Cross (thanks to you TCIE and Sew for organizing again!) I yelped for joy! I was shopping at the time so I had to contain myself before people started to think that I was losing my mind.

I'm sure that it was coincidence that my prayer buddy was someone that prayed for me in the summer (it was coincidence, right girls????). My prayer buddy this Advent was the lovely Leila at the Little Catholic Bubble!!!!

Leila, my friend, you were the recipient of many, many prayers this past week. I offered up my eye pain (and there was quite a bit this week!) for her intentions and you also got some extra special Hail Marys when I was feeling anxious before my procedure. I prayed the Novena to Overcome Fear (that she sent me in the summer!), the Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Andrew novenas for her intentions as well as my daily rosaries.

Leila e-mailed me a couple of weeks ago to tell me that she prayed for me while holding a relic of St. Gerard. It took all of my being to keep from telling her that I was praying for her too!

So there you are my Advent Prayer Buddy. Continue to fight the good fight on your blog -- I love that you make us think with your posts! I admire the love and commitment you have to our faith and your gorgeous family. It was an honour to pray for our "den mother" and I will continue to do so!

Merry Christmas, my wonderful friend.

p.s. I apologize for any mistakes. I'm typing with one good eye!


  1. Oh my gosh!!! I am yelping for joy, too!!! How amazing that I got you last time and you got me this time!!!! I just love it!!!!! God is so cool. ;)

    And, I have tears in my eyes, knowing what you have offered for me. I definitely needed those prayers and offerings, my friend, and I felt them!!! I am so blessed to have you in my life! Thank you, thank you!!!!!

    Hugs to you, and a Merry Christmas!!!!

    (And prayers for your speedy and complete recovery!)

  2. I hope things ease up a bit and your recovery is a little speedier!

    Merry Christmas!!

  3. I hope your recovery starts to pick up speed and that it doesn't affect your Christmas too much!


  4. Hope you are having a great Christmas hon. Praying that your eyes are healed - isn't God wonderful. Sometimes I get lost in how amazing everything is - that we are even here at all. OK maybe a bit too deep but if you can't be deep at Christmas - when can you be!

  5. It was purely coincidence! But I do think the Holy Spirit might have had something to do with it. No, I just put all the numbers in a bowl (I number all the participants) and then Mr. B draws a number out of the bowl and I just go down the list inserting the numbers - hence the match-ups. I too was suprised to see that you got Leila (there were over 60+ prayer buddies). But obviously God knew what he was up to!

    Prayers continuing for your eyes! St. Lucy, pray for us! Merry Christmas!

  6. Glad to hear you are recovering...can't wait to hear about how your vision improves!

    That is so cool that you and your prayer buddy have had the chance to now pray for each other! The Holy Spirit works in mysterious ways!

    Merry Christmas!

  7. Merry Christmas!!! I must say I'm jealous that you had laser surgery! Hope that healing speeds up and you have a wonderful holiday!

  8. That IS so cool!

    And... you type better with one eye (less typos) than I do with two!!!