August 5th, 2012


I am so thrilled!! I can see 20/20 now! My cataracts got removed. Yippee!! Diary, did you know that cataracts are the leading cause of blindness around the world? We are very fortunate in America to have cataract surgery so readily available to so many. I didn’t think I would be so lucky, but out of the blue I got a very special eyesight guardian that paid for my cataract surgery.

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This was just one of several bad cracks and bullet holes in my lenses!

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The red outline shows just how long this one crack was.

I had been driving around for years, not seeing too well at all. In fact, I can’t remember how long I have had cataracts, but I do know it was before I became the ArchaeoBus (back when I was a bookmobile). I thought I might my cataracts removed, or at least new glasses, when I got all gussied up as the new ArchaeoBus. Unfortunately, after that there wasn’t any money left for the operation.

This past June, however, I got a fantastic present. Southern Research, Historic Preservation Consultants funded my cataract surgery and I got brand new lenses!! In both eyes!! I’m so excited that I can see now. (And let’s be honest, I think it actually enhances my natural beauty.)

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One of my new lenses waiting to be placed.

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I got a little nervous when I saw the tools they were going to use…I mean suction cups, really?

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The doctor was very nice and after a few tries he was able to find the right replacement lenses.

All I can say is, “Thank you, Southern Research!!” Who would have thought an archaeology and history company would help me like that? I mean, Southern Research does archaeology projects all over Georgia and other places, too. In spite of that, Southern Research took the time and spent the money to help me so that I can continue to help Georgians learn about the importance of archaeological sites.

Veronica (one of my handlers) says my old cracked lenses was a safety issue for people driving me. She is the first to admit how much prettier I look, in addition to how much safer it is for me to be on the road. Just look at the last of the photos (below) my handler TG sent (he was the one who called the eye doctor). You just have to see me in real life to appreciate my new lenses; my eyes definitely sparkle now! Thanks so much to Southern Research.

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La la…I only have eyes for you…la la.