Saturday, March 17th morning, India time.
Two days ago, in preparation for my departure today, I was busy calling up people to say good-byes, busy shopping for things to bring back, busy getting sweet requests from people, busy feeling bad about a four-week vacation getting over so fast.
And then, my eyes decided to act up (I think I will write a whole new blog about the experience). With my new 20/20, non-contact-lensed/non-bespectacled vision, thanks to my LASIK surgery of two weeks back, I had expected a world of difference in my life. But nothing had prepared me for just how much difference I would notice in so short a time.
Everyone I know who had undergone the LASIK procedure had not had any out of the ordinary problems. But of course, like in all other things (hehehehe), I am super special. Two days ago, the area around my eyes puffed up. I am not exagerrating when I say I woke up looking like a halloween pumpkin with two slits for eyes :-(. Apparently a cold (without which any trip to India is incomplete) I had caught had reacted with some of my eye medication to result in this unwanted makeover to my face :-((.
A panicked and rushed trip to the eye doctor got a report of super-healthy eyes with a not-so-healthy super allergy around it. With a minimum time of five days for recovery.
Which is how, instead of being busy packing and feeling homesick for my departure to the US today, I am sitting typing this post. I am staying put in good old Chennai till next week by which time I will hopefully be back to normal. My manager at work has been really nice about this unexpected 'vacation' extension, so I am a bit relieved. I guess a vacation with a face without too many defining features being visible and being forced to stay indoors isn't really much of a vacation, but at least I am at HOME :-D!
So people, please to postpone hiring the red carpet, flower girls, trumpeters etc. etc. for my welcome to next week :-P!