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The Toric Lens Implanted In My Right Eye Is Getting Rotated 15 Degrees On Monday!

by Anura Guruge


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Basically FOLLOW-UP cataract surgery — on my RIGHT eye; my bad eye. We always knew that this was the eye that was going to be challenging.

I had cataract surgery on it, by the AMAZING Dr. Theodor Sauer of OCB, i.e., Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston, on December 7, 2020. Wow. As I detailed here, for the first time in 52-years I could see out of that eye without glasses or contacts.

But, it was NOT perfect. The LEFT eye, which I had done 12-days earlier, is near perfect.

We did NOT expect the same results from the right eye.

I saw Dr. Sauer this last Monday, January 4, 2021. He thinks he can IMPROVE on the right eye.

So, I am having SURGERY again this coming Monday, January 11, 2021.

He is going to open my eye & get to the implanted lens. Then he is going to rotate it 15 degrees. I forgot to ask him in what direction. Doesn’t matter to I. He knows. I trust him — implicitly.

Wow. I am excited.

Well I will keep you posted.


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by Anura Guruge


My Cataract Surgeries, By Dr. Theodor Sauer Of OCB (Boston), Pretty Close To Miraculous — My Best Vision In 52-Years!

by Anura Guruge


I had both eyes done 12-days apart.


Dr. Theodor Sauer

I am uncharacteristically lost for words to adequately describe
his brilliance, CARING & dedication.

Click to ENLARGE & read here. From the ‘OCB’ Website.


For health reasons you cannot donate used contact lenses. I looked.


I can see AGAIN!

I can actually see & read things without contact lenses or glasses. I have not been able to do that in over 52-years! 52-years. That is a longtime.

This is the BEST VISION I have had since I was 14-years old. I am in awe.

Dr. Theodor Sauer is a genius. A magician. I am in awe of his skills & his traits as a caring, compassionate human being. Wow. He is a GOOD MAN. Salt of the Earth.

He worked Thanksgiving morning so folks like I could have surgery the day before (given that OCB insists on a post-op check-up the day after surgery). He has called me at 9am on Saturday & at 6:30pm in the evening. He cares. He is dedicated. He is brilliant.

I lucked out. I did not pick him. OCB, i.e., Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston, never gave me a chance. He was assigned to I & I could NOT be gladder. I lucked out. I won the lottery.

No pain, not even any discomfort! Did NOT have to take any pills after surgery. Both eyes GREAT.

He also has two amazing support staff: Jessica J. & Carla A. They were both outstanding. So helpful, so patient. I lucked out.

I found OCB on the Web. I wanted my eyes ‘done’ in Boston. SMILE.

I called them, for the first time, on September 10, 2020. They told me I had to go 3-weeks without contact lenses in either eye. Based on that they got me an appointment with Dr. Sauer on October 1, 2020.

88-days from 1st phone call to having my 2nd eye done!

Not even 3-months. Some places in New Hampshire couldn’t get me in for my preliminary appointment for 3-months.

Am I happy? Am I glad? Am I excited? It is nice to be able to see.

Second time in 20-months that I have totally & utterly lucked out with surgeons. March 2019 was when I needed my emergency quadricep tendon tear surgery. That time I was assigned Dr. Charles Blitzer. He also did magic & I honestly thought I would never, ever encounter a doctor as good as Dr. Blitzer. Then I was assigned Dr. Sauer. Has to be Karma. I was due some, but I seem to have been rewarded in buckets.

So, when it comes to OCB all I have is praise, kudos, admiration, respect & THANKS. I can’t recommend or endorse them any higher. I lucked out.


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by Anura Guruge


I Have Walked Over 2,500-Miles In The Last Year. That Is (& Was) Sobering. Checking Where I Could Have Gone ….

by Anura Guruge


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Yes, Yes, yes. I know. I always take things to the ‘extreme’. I SURE am NOT hurting/harming anyone or myself. My time. My most precious resource. MY TIME. Well, I do not squander it. New thing is listening to educational AUDIBLES while I do the bulk of my walking. SMILE. I am learning. I am learning. Yes, yes, yes.

500,000 steps a month is now becoming the new norm. 4-months of that. SMILE.



I had my quadriceps tendon repair surgery,
at ‘
Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ —
performed by Dr. Charles Blitzer
of ‘Seacoast Orthopedics
on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

There was no pain to talk about
— throughout, from surgery to now.


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by Anura Guruge

1-Year After Getting Off Crutches (After Knee Surgery) I Have Walked 2,250 MILES.

by Anura Guruge


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Still on track.
So, averaging 2,100-miles right now
… with SUMMER to come.


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Had never thought about MY STEPS in MILES until I happened to see it on Garmin Connect.

Neat.

When you do the sums it comes out quite mundane.

JUST 6.2-miles a day. Not much.

These days I do around 7-miles a day.

So, I assume that 2,100 — 2,200 miles a year will be my new standard.



I had my quadriceps tendon repair surgery,
at ‘
Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ —
performed by Dr. Charles Blitzer
of ‘Seacoast Orthopedics
on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

There was no pain to talk about
— throughout, from surgery to now.


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by Anura Guruge

I Had My Knee Surgery, Which Was Miraculous, A Year Ago.

by Anura Guruge


These pictures from a year ago & the screenshot below,
from today,
tell you all that needs to be told.



The picture above is a testament to my recovery. I never realized that I had walked that far. Nearly 2,000 miles.

Knee feels great. I feel great.

Dr. Charles Blitzer who performed my surgery was NOT a surgeon. He was MAGICIAN.

I sent him an e-mail today and thanked him, profusely. He responded and thanked me for my kind words.

IF you ever need knee surgery (and I hope you never do), make sure it turns out like mine.

Best thing that happened to me in YEARS!


I had my quadriceps tendon repair surgery,
at ‘
Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ —
performed by Dr. Charles Blitzer
of ‘Seacoast Orthopedics
on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

There was no pain to talk about
— throughout, from surgery to now.


Click to ENLARGE. 2-months ago, Dec. 28, 2019.


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I Busted My Knee, Severely, A Year Ago Today; Since Then I Have Walked 1,947-Miles & Lost Exactly 30 Lbs.

by Anura Guruge


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Thursday, February 28, 2019. I slipped on ice, in the morning, while shoveling snow after a snowstorm. Heard an almighty crack. Left knee was in pain and pretty useless. Did not know what had happened. Eventually got myself to the ER. I had totally busted my Quadricep Tendon. Never heard of it. Didn’t know I had one.

They were all set to operate on me the next day. I was not keen. I had a vacation booked in the Cape and, moreover, wanted some time to get my head around surgery. ONE OF THE BEST DECISIONS I EVER MADE. With a brace, I could walk and the pain wasn’t too bad.

Pain was never too bad, prior to or post surgery. Never took any of the 60 opioid pills that I was given! Most I needed was TWO Aleve.

I walked, sometimes a mile or more, in the week prior to surgery.

Was on crutches for 6-weeks. I walked with the crutches and my Garmin Fenix 5 NEVER COUNTED those steps. So, I really walked MORE MILES! Smile.

I had my major knee surgery on March 7, 2019.

The busted knee was a wakeup call. Though I ran most days I had let my weight creep up to 176 lbs. Not good. My blood glucose had also gone up to 103. That was it. I was going to get myself fit. I went on a much stricter low-carb diet (than I had been for the last 6-years) the morning after surgery. Lost 30 lbs. Down to 146. Trying had to get to 142. That would be my lowest adult weight. But, stuck at 146 lbs. Help.

I used to ‘run’ 3.5 miles a day. Now I walk/run 7 miles a day and do 23-minutes on an exercise bike.


I had my quadriceps tendon repair surgery,
at ‘
Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ —
performed by Dr. Charles Blitzer
of ‘Seacoast Orthopedics
on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

There was no pain to talk about
— throughout, from surgery to now.


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by Anura Guruge

I Have DRASTICALLY Cut Back On Wearing Knee Support Compression Sleeves.

by Anura Guruge



Prior posts on this blog.


I had my major knee surgery to reattach a completely busted quad tendon on March 7, 2019, i.e., roughly 11-months ago.

As soon as I was permitted to walk without crutches — i.e., after 6-weeks — I started a rigorous exercise regime which sees me walking around 7-8 miles a day. To start with I wore a proper brace on my damaged knee. After about 3 months of that I discovered compression sleeves.

I got HOOKED on them. And that was the CLUE.

I got hooked on them.

I wore them on both knees. They were super comfortable, provided great support and made both knees feel great. Pain was never a factor. I lucked out! I was pain free within 2-weeks of surgery. Great surgery and I am strange.

But, this got me thinking.

No gain without pain.

If it is too good to be true.

I think about these things.

Did some research. Yes, I could have continued wearing them, all the time, as I had done.

But, they were REDUCING the muscle & tendon strength I was gaining from all my exercise. Oh! I do 23-minutes on a stationary bike, most days too.

So, I have cut back on using the sleeves. Cut back quite dramatically.

Most days I don’t use them at all, at all. No problem so far. No pain. Knees haven’t buckled.

I do wear them if I conditions underfoot are bad. Want my knees supported if I fall.

So, that is the new regime. Hope this helps.

Do some research. Basically, it boils down to: “too much of a good thing“.


I had my quadriceps tendon repair surgery,
at ‘
Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ —
performed by Dr. Charles Blitzer
of ‘Seacoast Orthopedics
on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

There was no pain to talk about
— throughout, from surgery to now.


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by Anura Guruge

I Now Wear FOUR Knee Braces (Plus Studded Shoes) When I Go Out In The Snow/Ice!

by Anura Guruge


IF you want to be ultra pedantic
2 of the braces are ‘compression sleeves’.

But, this is my new regime for snow/ice.

These go on first for muscle/tendon support.

Then, these on top of those.

The lockable brace, LOCKED at 0° on my left injured knee,
the other on my right, so far uninjured knee.


Studded shoes.
But, have to be careful. You can slip/slide on them.


Walking stick with crampon to top it all off!


Living in New Hampshire I can’t escape snow and ice. Though we now have a monster 3-stage snowblower, with tracs, I still need to be out in the snow/ice — and I still do some shovelling. PLUS, I have to get in my 6 — 7 miles of walking.

After my slip-and-fall 10-months ago when I busted my quad tendon, I am rather anxious not to damage my knees again. Hence the precautions.

Since my injury (even prior to surgery) I started wearing a knee brace.

I now wear knee braces, on both knees, ALL DAY. I don’t need to, but they help and I have, honestly, become addicted to them! As my surgeon has said, it will not do any har. Might even do some good.

But, I know that it is the sudden ‘twisting’/extension of the knee/leg tendon/muscles that lead to injury. Hence, the locked brace and the semi-locked one. Hoping that if I do fall, and that seems odds-on, they might help keep the knee straight. That is the theory.

Just sharing with you, just in case.

All the braces are from Amazon. The compression sleeves are cheap; i.e., under $7/each.


I had my quadriceps tendon repair surgery,
at ‘
Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ —
performed by Dr. Charles Blitzer
of ‘Seacoast Orthopedics
on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

There was no pain to talk about
— throughout, from surgery to now.


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by Anura Guruge

Post Knee Surgery Knee Braces — My Experience & Recommendations.

by Anura Guruge


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First 4-weeks.


Yes, all-in-all I lucked out. I literally walked away from my quad-tendon reattachment surgery with no pain, no limp, no discomfort and no lack of flexibility.

I can basically do everything I could prior to surgery though I am not running as much as I used to. I do run but I do notice that it is not kind to my knees. So, instead I walk 4.2+ miles 5 to 6 times a week.

I am HUGE fan of knee braces. I used to wear them, off-and-on prior to my injury. IF I had been bearing one I might have saved myself the surgery.

As soon as I hurt myself I put a brace on my knee. It immediately took away much of the pain. At ER they gave me a full-length brace (see above). That was good. But, a few hours later I was fitted with a ‘DonJoy  X-Act ROM Hinged, Knee Brace‘. That was even better. I wore it 24×7 during the week prior to surgery. That week I went to Cape Cod on a mini-vacation. With that brace I could walk, in the snow, with no problem or pain!

I wore that brace for a month after surgery. It served me well though it was brutal on my thigh muscles. I found and switched to a smaller hinged brace with my surgeon’s blessing. Again, see above or check out this link.

I had told my surgeon, at one of my follow-up appointments, that I planned to wear a brace, on my, knee for life. He laughed, then realized that I was not joking. He then came around and said that it would do me no harm and that yes, it would even help.

I have been wearing an assortment of braces since. Not all the time. Definitely when I am walking, running, hiking or out-and-about. I found the simple ACE knee supports remarkably effective. Didn’t need anything else.

But, for my 4.2+ mile walks I decided I need more support. I was carrying 18 lbs of extra weight — in the form of a 12 lbs weighted vest and two 3 lbs wrist weights. I am going to give the 12 lbs vest a rest.

I got the NEENCA brace, shown above (twice), today. It is very comfortable and provides excellent support. Looking forward to walking with it tomorrow.

I definitely recommend it. About the same price as an ACE support. So, you can’t go wrong.

So, that is my story. Hope it helps.


I had my quadriceps tendon repair surgery,
at ‘
Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ —
performed by Dr. Charles Blitzer
of ‘Seacoast Orthopedics
on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

There was no pain to talk about
— throughout, from surgery to now.


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by Anura Guruge

Physical Therapy: The Most Expensive BUT Most Useless Part Of My Knee Surgery Saga.

by Anura Guruge



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I had my quadriceps tendon repair surgery,
at ‘
Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ —
performed by Dr. Charles Blitzer
of ‘Seacoast Orthopedics
on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

There was no pain to talk about
— throughout, from surgery to now.


I was supposed to do a TON of physical therapy post week 6 of my knee surgery. I went to the first session. I was totally underwhelmed, somewhat aggrieved and felt that I had been FLEECED. I never went back. I did my own and I am delighted to say as week 13 approaches my knee is pretty much back to normal!

No pain. I now, as I did in the past, BOUND (yes, BOUND) up the four staircases we have in this house. Last Thursday, I ran 3-miles carrying 11 pounds of weights — up a hill. I am also doing 23-minutes of cycling on a stationary bike. I have NO PAIN.

Physical therapy is NOT for I. I do not need some kid, who is probably NOT as fit as I am (even when I was on crutches), telling me how to exercise. I exercise more than most and don’t need motivation, encouragement or threats. I just need time. I would exercise more if I had the time.

That they wanted a $45 copay when I only pay $35 to my surgeon genuinely UPSET I. The surgeon’s magic and care cannot be duplicated. Physical therapy — I could watch on YouTube.

They also did NOT have a long-handled shoe horn in the premises. That impressed me none. That is beyond ignorant.

I see that they charged my insurance $345 for a 40-minute session. That is criminal. I am glad I did NOT go back.

I am good. My knee is good. Physical therapy was NOT good.

So, you know the score. But, I fully appreciate that I AM STRANGE. So, factor that in.


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by Anura Guruge