Yesterday Alexx and I trekked out to the Lahey Clinic in Burlington for my post-op checkup. While we were sitting in the waiting room, Alexx described an object sitting on the receptionists's desk. It was a beaker filled with knitted eyeballs with variously colored irises and a small sign saying "Rude patients." This was so cool, I wandered up to the desk and mentioned that I have a crazy knitter friend, and I would love to show her one of the eyeballs, so could I please have one? This brought upt the question among the receptionists and nurses of who, exactly, had made the knitted eyeballs, and after determining that no one was going to admit to having put it there, the head receptionist said, sure, knock yourself out.
So now I have a knitted eyeball, basically scaled to lifesize and complete with a little dangly optic nerve in the back. It has a purple iris because I'm thinking of getting purple prosthettic eyes next time.
After the doctor's assistant showed us into an examining room, she said, "The doctor told me I was supposed to check your vision--how blind are you?"
So I proceeded to tell the story of how I was as blind as a person could get, 0/0 vision, removable eyeballs, prosthetic eyes, to which the assistant said, "Wow! You have prosthetic eyes! I've never seen one of those before!"
So then I proceeded to let her stare deeply into my prosthetic eye (the one which wasn't swollen shut, that is), and we had fun talking about prosthetic eyes and I told her about the YouTube video showing how prosthetic eyes are madehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OB5wTYNscWs
and all kinds of groovy things like that until the doctor showed up, poked me in the eye a few times and told me I was doing great and could go home now, but I should come see her again in six weeks after which I would probably be able to get my prosthetic eyes version 3.0, as LJ user Jesse the K refers to them. I know I had an eyepatch somewhere in the aerye, but of course now I can't find it.
I like to keep a few spooky books about for days like today, when it's all stormy and raining, and today's selection was _Supernatural Fiction Writers: Volume I_ edited by E. F. Bleiler (Apuleius - May Sinclair). The entire volume is a little over five hundred pages long and frankly, I will probably skip Volume II as most of the authors fall into the category which I refer to as N.D.E. (Not Dead Enough). It's a wonderful reference work, providing a basic biography of each author, along with a critical overview of the author's most notable works and a selected bibliography which includes criticism. Each entry is written by a notable critic in the genre of supernatural fiction, critics such as Jack Sullivan and John Clute, who writes the entry for Walter de la Mare (it's hard to think of a critic other than Clute who could do the rather esoteric and ineffable writings of de la Mare justice). At least for this period, it's 1985 publication date does not make it noticeably out-of-date, with the exception of the occasional comment such as when the editor mentions in the introduction that interest in Tolkien's _Lord of the Rings_ seems to be fading.