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Erica James

Erica James

Erica James - Author of twenty-five bestselling novels. A Secret Garden Affair now out in hardback.

1 week ago
Erica James

Hellebore season is upon us and with my 'new-cataract-free-eyes' the colours look so pretty. Following the advice of the surgeon who worked the miracle on my eyes I'm now using a pair of cheap 'readers' glasses with a very low magnification for a close-up work.

Once the waiting period is over my optician will sort out what strength my new varifocals will be. For now though, I can certainly appreciate the brightness and sharpness of my surroundings. The downside (other than the lines and wrinkles I can now see on my face!) is that I can also see the slightest speck of dust and the cobwebs which hitherto were invisible to me.

I hope you're all having a lovely weekend and you've enjoyed some much-needed sunshine after all the rain we've had recently.

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Hellebore season is upon us and with my new-cataract-free-eyes the colours look so pretty.  Following the advice of the surgeon who worked the miracle on my eyes Im now using a pair of cheap readers glasses with a very low magnification for a close-up work.  

Once the waiting period is over my optician will sort out what strength my new varifocals will be.  For now though, I can certainly appreciate the brightness and sharpness of my surroundings.  The downside (other than the lines and wrinkles I can now see on my face!) is that I can also see the slightest speck of dust and the cobwebs which hitherto were invisible to me.

I hope youre all having a lovely weekend and youve enjoyed some much-needed sunshine after all the rain weve had recently. 

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Have just finished reading your “Breath of Fresh Air” - I have read many of your stories Erica, but this one stands out! Wonderful story, and so well,written!!

Beautiful Hellebores - a lovely time of year. Hope the eyes continue to improve and settle.

So pleased for you and I love hellebore’s xx

Hellebore are beautiful....a flash of colour this time of year in the garden is very welcome. I have two white/ green and purple...I would love a pink ...so pretty x Glad you're on the up Erica xx

These are gorgeous. My daughter's are very pretty too.

I’d forgotten the wrinkles 😄 what a shock they were 😂😂 xx

So pleased you are recovering well and now enjoying what you can see. Makes it all worth while. The Hellebores are beautiful. x

Grest news of your eyesight improvement Erica - Spring is such a colourful time of year. Enjoy your garden. 💐🌷🌸🐝 xx

Beautiful xxx glad you are recovering so Very well xxx ♥️

Good news Erica. Glad it all went so well. You'll soon ignore the cobwebs like the rest of us!

Glad you are doing well. Great photos. As for the cobwebs etc just think how grateful the spiders are 😄

So pleased to hear your surgery was a success .everything is on the up..just take great care..🥰🥰

Did you have to sign the form that states the reason for the procedure is 'improvement in vision'? 🤣 I've just had a FB memory come up for mine!

Beautiful. Glad the eyes are nearly tip top.

So beautiful enjoy every minute of these plants and much more

Glad it all went well and you’re enjoying your better sight x

Glad to here all is well. When I had mine done I was amazed snd where my lines had come from😳😳😳

They’re my favourite plant. I’ve got lots in all different colours. Magnificent

Glad you have had both eyes operated on and hope they settle down well for you. It’s great rediscovering all of the details in the flower buds etc so take some time to just enjoy! Lots of love Erica xxoo

I’m so pleased that your cataract operations have been successful. Spring is near and the colours are fabulous. 😘😘

So pleased to hear you are recovering well. You have the beautiful colours of your garden to enjoy through Spring and Summer.

So pleased you are recovering well from both operations Erica. Looking forward to reading your new book! 🥰xx

Glad all went well. Like you I had both my eyes done last year, and didn't realise how clean and bright everything looks, apart from the dust and cobwebs in my house that I couldn't see before 😳😂 x

I'm delighted to hear that you're recovering well from your operations. No matter how " routine " they are it's still a relief to have it over and done with

Go careful special lady - enjoy the hellebores and ignore the cobwebs xx

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2 weeks ago
Erica James

Once again thank you all so very much for your words of encouragement regarding my return visit to the eye clinic. All went well, so the surgeon assured me, but he stressed that no two eyes are the same and they will react differently to the same surgery. He was absolutely right! This time round my left eye was gritty and quite blurred initially, whereas the right eye had been more or less instantly clear.

Two days on and things are clearer now but because I will definitely need glasses (probably varifocals) screen work is still proving a challenge. I must patiently wait until the post op check up with my optician when new glasses will be prescribed. But I will say - shock, horror - I can definitely see more lines and wrinkles on my face! Oh, how I'd been fooled into thinking that age had barely made its mark on me! No doubt I shall soon get used to seeing this new self and enjoy a brighter and clearer world. As if to mark the occasion of my new lenses, the first daffodils in my garden have flowered and the irises I planted in the barrel will be flowering before too long.

Thank you again for all your kind comments.

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Once again thank you all so very much for your words of encouragement regarding my return visit to the eye clinic.  All went well, so the surgeon assured me, but he stressed that no two eyes are the same and they will react differently to the same surgery.  He was absolutely right!  This time round my left eye was gritty and quite blurred initially, whereas the right eye had been more or less instantly clear.  

Two days on and things are clearer now but because I will definitely need glasses (probably varifocals) screen work is still proving a challenge.  I must patiently wait until the post op check up with my optician when new glasses will be prescribed.  But I will say - shock, horror - I can definitely see more lines and wrinkles on my face!  Oh, how Id been fooled into thinking that age had barely made its mark on me!  No doubt I shall soon get used to seeing this new self and enjoy a brighter and clearer world.   As if to mark the occasion of my new lenses, the first daffodils in my garden have flowered and the irises I planted in the barrel will be flowering before too long. 

Thank you again for all your kind comments.

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My surgeon fixed my distance vision completely and I went from 3.5 to 2.5 for close work. The annoying thing was when I went from varifocal to reading only glasses, I still spend a great deal of time finding my glasses.i bet you’re pleased that it’s all behind you. I don’t have any daffodils out yet but my iris reticulata are just about to flower.

Glad your second op went well and that you are on the road to recovery. Isn’t getting old fun! Here in Cheshire I only have snowdrops showing but lost of crocus , daffs and tulips starting to push their way up, can’t wait for the colours.

Fabulous - it is a marvel what they do to correct your sight! Glad you're enjoying the 'new' world around u . Fab that nature gave the gift of daffs to celebrate 🙂🌻🐝🩷

Back to normal soon I hope. I keep telling my tulip stems and tete-a-tetes to go back in because it is getting very cold again!!! Take care x

My sight was instantly great, I was lucky , but before surgery I was so nearsighted , I could see things up close ( like the tiny numbers printed on RX glasses) now I can’t see up close as before but can see distance pretty well without glasses , but I had healing time wait after surgery before new RX glasses , and verilux are the wat to go ,good luck

Sorry but it made me giggle.. so pleased it’s over for you .. I gather this is what you would call the aging process.. since reaching the age of 60 last year my health has declined… recently had two hip replacements .. going to have hearing aids fitted next week .. plus I’m currently nursing a broken wrist.. oh the joys of being a woman.. 😂 All the best to you Erica x

Glad surgery went well. It took me a bit of time to adjust but now it’s great.

Get well soon. Iam on holiday at the moment and really enjoying reading the secret garden affair, in fact I just can’t put it down. Looking forward to reading your next one.

Glad all went well, take care x

Hi Erica, so pleased all went well for you, and it is so reassuring as I will be going through the same in the near future. Chill out now in your lovely garden. I spotted my daffodils are nearly opened today they are fighting through the snowdrops. 😀🥂

Oh my goodness, Erica! Your experience post cataract surgeries is EXACTLY the same as mine. The shock and horror is real! I couldn't believe the wrinkles on my face. Do you suppose this is the normal outcome from cataract surgery and nobody tells you before hand? 🤓

So pleased it went well for you. I wear varifocals, although I don’t really need them for distance/tv now 🙂 I do have an extra pair for just reading. I despair about all the wrinkles - but they were pretty evident before the cataract surgery 🤣🤣🤣

Glad all is done and dusted. My friend,like you, had both eyes done with the same results and was told that no eyes are the same. Varifocals take a bit of getting used to but at least you don't have to have 2 pairs of glasses especially when you use the computer as much as you do. My 6 month old puppy chomped his way through my first pair and as they cost much more than ordinary glasses I was not best pleased.Wishing you continued improvement,at least you have the Spring to look forward to,especially in the garden, Take care x

Glad you are unscathed and on your way again. Take it one day at a time is what my dear Mum used to say!

You are beautiful on the inside aswell as the outside. Love the daffodils. I also wear varietals once you get used to them they are fine xxx

I had a similar experience with my second eye. If you need glasses for screen work, I would suggest you go for occupational, rather than varifocal. They will give you a larger area rather than squinting through a small area in varifocals. Your optician will advise you.

Oh darling , l laughed out loud at your improving eyesight detecting some laugh lines xxx very glad you are home safely & recovering nicely xxx sending hugs x And just to show you my new Rocking Horse for my little nursery xxx

I'm glad it went well and I am the same regarding needing glasses for close up work and some distance ones just to make the TV etc that bit sharper. I also didn't realise my eyes had such dark marks underneath them until I stopped wearing glasses all the time. I definitely use more concealer 🤣 I joked with my surgeon that I was spending more on concealer. You'll soon have new glasses and will be able to work again. The bonus is I can buy much cheaper glasses and sunglasses frames now x

I got on really well with varifocal contact lenses 👓

I was always short sighted so could see every wrinkle but after cataract surgery on both eyes I am now long sighted! The worst thing for me is having to wear specs for reading in bed which I had never had to do before. But very grateful for correcting my cataracts.

Cover mirrors with lace 😂🤣

Great news. So glad your op went well. You will now be able to enjoy the beautiful colours in your garden more clearly.

Hope you get used to your glasses

Thats strange our irises are out up North but haven't had a daffodil flower yet

My husband said exactly the same about the difference! Just look after yourself, and embrace those lines - they're a privilege!!!! X

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2 weeks ago
Erica James

Once more into the breach! Today I return to the clinic for cataract surgery to my left eye and am hoping that all goes as well as it did first time round. I'm also hoping that having two new lenses will enable me to work on the new iMac computer I now have. Although I suspect it will be a few weeks yet. It was stupid of me to spend so many hours writing on a small laptop, it was making a bad situation a lot worse, so I'm looking forward to using the new screen with all its bells and whistles.

I'll report back with good news (hopefully!) in a few days' time. For now, here's a photo of the new Beast I shall eventually work on, complete with picture of the inside of one of my doll's houses as the screensaver.

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Once more into the breach!  Today I return to the clinic for cataract surgery to my left eye and am hoping that all goes as well as it did first time round.  Im also hoping that having two new lenses will enable me to work on the new iMac computer I now have.  Although I suspect it will be a few weeks yet.  It was stupid of me to spend so many hours writing on a small laptop, it was making a bad situation a lot worse, so Im looking forward to using the new screen with all its bells and whistles.    

Ill report back with good news (hopefully!) in a few days time.   For now, heres a photo of the new Beast I shall eventually work on, complete with picture of the inside of one of my dolls houses as the screensaver. 

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Best wishes for your procedure. Love your screen saver too!

Good luck, hope all goes as well as the first one.

Good luck Erica, you will be fine ! Love the screensaver ! Xx

Best of luck with the operation! Beautiful screen saver!!!! 💕🙏🏻

Good luck and wishing you a speedy recovery x

Hope all goes well again, loving your screensaver.x

Best wishes ❤️

Much better for your back too. Good luck with the cataract procedure 🫂

Good luck and I love your screen saver..x

I am sure everything will be fine and the new computer will be amazing. My cataracts were done 18 years ago and the world was brighter. All the very best.

Is that a miniature Rupert Bear ? Looks amazing

Good Luck - you’re one brave lady to have both eyes done so quickly - one straight after the other. Hope all goes well - and please look after yourself and take lots of care xx

Good luck. Hoping all goes well for you today. Soon you will have 20/20 vision. Sending love ❤️❤️

Hope the cataract op goes well for you. Having both mine done in a couple of weeks. Can’t wait for the improvement .

Good luck Erica .i hope all gos very well for you x

Best wishes for your cataract op, hoping all goes well for you! 🙏🌷

Fabulous screen saver! Good luck with the cataract surgery. 😍

Hope it all goes well xxxx

Good luck! That's going to make life alot easier! X

Good luck Erica. Your screen saver is gorgeous.

I have absolutely no doubt that all will go well and you’ll soon be playing with your new computer x

Good luck with second one, love your screen saver.

Good luck with the cataract operation. Love your screensaver xxx

Good luck with your surgery. I love your screen saver and look forward to hearing how you get on with your new computer. Xx

Hope it all went well!!!!! X

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3 weeks ago
Erica James

I spy with my beady little cataract-free eye, birthday flowers! Yes, I've clocked up another birthday and had surgery to my right eye last Thursday. You were all so wonderfully supportive when I mentioned I was due cataract surgery and I really think that helped to put my mind at rest when I went to the clinic. Surprisingly for me, I wasn't at all worried as I lay back on the couch and the surgeon began working his miracle.

Four days on and the vision in my right eye is definitely much improved but I can only do very short stints of screen work and when I do my nose is just inches away from the screen. I go back for the left eye to be sorted on Monday, and then I'll be unable to drive for four weeks until I have new glasses prescribed. Although legally I'm told so long as I can read a numberplate 20m away, I could so, but I don't think I'll risk it.

So thank you again for all your support and encouragement for what really is a life transforming few minutes of pain-free surgery. Please forgive me if I don't respond to your messages, but as I say, screen work is a little tricky.

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I spy with my beady little cataract-free eye, birthday flowers!  Yes, Ive clocked up another birthday and had surgery to my right eye last Thursday.  You were all so wonderfully supportive when I mentioned I was due cataract surgery and I really think that helped to put my mind at rest when I went to the clinic.  Surprisingly for me, I wasnt at all worried as I lay back on the couch and the surgeon began working his miracle.  

Four days on and the vision in my right eye is definitely much improved but I can only do very short stints of screen work and when I do my nose is just inches away from the screen.  I go back for the left eye to be sorted on Monday, and then Ill be unable to drive for four weeks until I have new glasses prescribed.  Although legally Im told so long as I can read a numberplate 20m away, I could so, but I dont think Ill risk it.  

So thank you again for all your support and encouragement for what really is a life transforming few minutes of pain-free surgery.    Please forgive me if I dont respond to your messages, but as I say, screen work is a little tricky.  

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Happy Birthday, best wishes for a speedy recovery from your eye ops 🤗

Happy Birthday! I’m so pleased that your first cataract surgery has gone well and look forward to hearing that second one has been equally successful. Here’s to a very bright and sparkling future 😃😍

Happy Birthday Erica, so pleased your surgery went well speedy recovery xx

Happy birthday Erica and so pleased that you’ve had one cataract successfully treated. Best wishes for the next one 💐🌷🌹🌻🌼🌸

Glad all went well with your eye surgery. Hope you enjoy a wonderful birthday. 🎁🥂💐

Happy Birthday Erica ! Beautiful flowers. Glad your 1st operation went well, good luck for the second xx

Happy Birthday 🎂 hope your eyes adjust soon x

Best wishes!!!! Am reading Promises, Promises at the moment!! Could not put it down last night!..... You are such a great storyteller!!!!

Happy birthday and happy new bright world☀️🌈🌼🌸🌹🌷… I’m sat here counting down the days until my follow up post cataract appointment a week Friday… 👍

Happy birthday Erica ! Fantastic the eyes are being done. Spec free I guess?

Happy birthday Erica get well very soon xx

Happy Birthday Erica xxx wishing you a speedy recovery for both eyes xxx so precious 🥰🩷🩷🩷💐🎉

Happy Birthday Erica 🎉🥳. Hope you have a lovely day. So pleased everything going well with getting your eyes sorted. Wishing you a quick recovery. Xx

Beauriful flowers- Happy Birthday from Downunder in Oz. So pleased your eye op went well, and do hope the second one is just as successful. 💐🍾🥂😘

Happy birthday Erica perfect time of year to have your eyes sorted they’ll be perfect to see all the Spring Flowers 🥰

Happy Birthday, Erica.. Good to know all went well with the cataract op..x

A very happy birthday. Looking forward to seeing you on the open road. Take care♥️

Happy Birthday from Warrnambool in Oz. So pleased you got through your surgery without too much angst. Well done! Now it’s time to rest. But I am sure birthday cake won’t upset your recovery. Enjoy! 🤗

Happy Birthday Erica from Cheshire. Wishing you a speedy recovery 🌹

Happy birthday and well done! Here's to the next one (cataract op not birthday - though obviously I hope you have another birthday - that came out a bit wrong 😂)

You share a birthday with me! Happy birthday 🎂!! I had both of my eyes done last August. The first thing I noticed was that the colours are so much brighter. x

Happy birthday Erica, glad everything went well with your surgery, love the flowers xxx

All the best for a speedy and complete recovery from both procedures 👀

Happy birthday, so pleased all went well with the cataract operation. Beautiful flowers xxx

Happy Birthday xx

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2 months ago
Erica James

Thank you all so much for your reassuring messages about my impending cataract surgery, I really appreciate all the helpful advice.

In exchange I bring you book news! The original publication date for my new book was February of this year, but sadly and for reasons nothing to do with me, it's been pushed back to April. So sorry that you have to wait a bit longer, I hope it will be worth it!

Also there are a few Kindle deals to be had at the moment. Mothers and Daughters is 99p, as is The Queen of New Beginnings. In America Mothers and Daughters is also available for $0.99 so grab these bargains while you can!
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Thank you all so much for your reassuring messages about my impending cataract surgery, I really appreciate all the helpful advice.

In exchange I bring you book news!  The original publication date for my new book was February of this year, but sadly and for reasons nothing to do with me, its been pushed back to April.  So sorry that you have to wait a bit longer, I hope it will be worth it!

Also there are a few Kindle deals to be had at the moment.  Mothers and Daughters is 99p, as is The Queen of New Beginnings.  In America Mothers and Daughters is also available for $0.99 so grab these bargains while you can!Image attachment

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I had done each eye done in 2021 Erica, just shy of my 49th birthday after a fast growing one in my right eye was discovered just before lockdown. It is amazing what they can do. You will be in good hands x

Good luck with your cataract surgery. I had mine done and was absolutely terrified and insisting that I wanted a general anaesthetic. I was persuaded otherwise and they were right. It's a strange experience, but well worth it and the world becomes a much brighter place! 😍

Just saw this & thought of you! Xx

Happy New Year and try not to worry about your upcoming cataract surgery - it is so perfected after many years of successful surgeries. I had my done a very long time ago and not a day goes by that i am not grateful for having it done. Most people choose to do both eyes for up close and get distance glasses to assist if needed. I did my dominant left eye for distance and right eye for up close and it’s been amazing. 20/20 vision and no cheater glasses needed. You will do great!! 💕😊

Just had my second cataract op, please don't worry about it, it has made such a difference. Nothing to worry about at all. Good luck x

I’m going to treat myself to your New book for my Birthday in April Erica. Good luck with the surgery. 💜x

I am reading it atm on netgalley and am absolutely loving it.

I had mine done 2019 no problems and as an artist the difference in my colour mixing.

Good luck with your cataract surgery. Sending love ❤️❤️

I had to have corneal surgery before I could have the cataract surgery had one cataract done waiting for an appointment for second eye it’s all very straightforward and nothing to worry aboutx looking forward to reading your new book xx

I had my done last Friday. All is well. I can see well enough to drive now. My eye is sensitive to light but very little pain. Just take it easy for a few days!!

Hi hope Surgery went well xx Just read Promises promises I loved it!!! Love all of your books!!

Take care Erica and I’m sure whenever your book comes out it will be worth the wait as always💜x

I had both done during Covid. It's an odd experience, I wish I was an artist, because the colours and patterns which you will see are amazing. The results will amaze you.

I really enjoyed mother’s daughter. Looking forward to ideal husband. Hope your feeling much better xx

Wishing you well for your surgery. To make you smile, I hope, I gave a copy of your book "The Dandelion Years" to a young lady who is in the hospital bed next to my Mum as she doesn't have much reading material and is confined to the ward due to some rather nasty and very severe surgery on her toes. Her face lit up and she said, "Oh, I love her books! I used to work in WH Smith and got her books from there". She hadn't read The Dandelion Years, so I chose well! You made a young lady, who has not had a good week, very happy with your book.

Shame about the book but I have pre ordered with Amazon so will get it as soon as it is released. Good luck with your cataract surgery and hope your vision is improved as a result.

My Mum has had both eyes done twice. All successful. You will be ok. Wishing you all the best. Excited about the book. It will be worth waiting for. We will be thinking of you Xx

Really looking forward to your new book my dear x Great good luck with your surgery x you are in my thoughts & prayers xxx

Good luck with your surgery. I did both my eyes while I was still teaching. Now I have better than 20/20 vision. I still use reading glasses but nothing for distance.

Good luck Erica. Hope all goes well. 🥰xx

Take care , I’m sure we’ll all be waiting for the new book

I'm sure I speak for all your readers in wishing you well for your impending operation. Keep us posted as to how it goes x

🙏🙏🙏for your cataract surgery xxxx

Looking for an ideal wife. Any recommendations 🤗

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2 months ago
Erica James

A very Happy, Peaceful and Healthy New Year to you all!

I hope your Christmas went as planned and maybe contained a few nice surprises, the emphasis being on the word 'nice'! I know many people have been unwell over the festive period, either with Covid or the horrible chest cold/virus that is currently doing the rounds, so for anyone feeling under the weather, I wish you a speedy recovery.

Wishes are a bit like New Year's Resolutions, aren't they? It's mostly a desire for change and change for the better. My best ever resolution was to write a novel, which I did and it changed my life and it was most definitely for the better. This year I'm challenging myself to worry less, which will be the Everest of challenges for me as I tend to gnaw away at something until it's driven me quite mad.

The first worry on the horizon for me is having cataract surgery at the end of this month and if all goes to plan the other eye will be done in early February, so that's one way to start a new year, with a pair of eyes that can actually see properly! Well, that's the hope ... Wish me luck as despite being repeatedly told that it's very straightforward, the professional worrier in me is convinced that it will be otherwise. Any advice and positive cataract stories all gratefully received.

But today there's nothing to worry about other than cooking lunch for some lovely pals coming here to celebrate the start of 2024. So that's it from me for now as I'd better get back to the kitchen and make the batter for the Yorkshire puddings and then check that the table is properly set.

Very best wishes to you all and, as ever, thank you for the last year and the love and support you continue to show for my books.

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A very Happy, Peaceful and Healthy New Year to you all!  

I hope your Christmas went as planned and maybe contained a few nice surprises, the emphasis being on the word nice!  I know many people have been unwell over the festive period, either with Covid or the horrible chest cold/virus that is currently doing the rounds, so for anyone feeling under the weather, I wish you a speedy recovery. 

Wishes are a bit like New Years Resolutions, arent they?  Its mostly a desire for change and change for the better.  My best ever resolution was to write a novel, which I did and it changed my life and it was most definitely for the better.  This year Im challenging myself to worry less, which will be the Everest of challenges for me as I tend to gnaw away at something until its driven me quite mad.

The first worry on the horizon for me is having cataract surgery at the end of this month and if all goes to plan the other eye will be done in early February, so thats one way to start a new year, with a pair of eyes that can actually see properly!  Well, thats the hope ...  Wish me luck as despite being repeatedly told that its very straightforward, the professional worrier in me is convinced that it will be otherwise.  Any advice and positive cataract stories all gratefully received. 

But today theres nothing to worry about other than cooking lunch for some lovely pals coming here to celebrate the start of 2024.  So thats it from me for now as Id better get back to the kitchen and make the batter for the Yorkshire puddings and then check that the table is properly set. 

Very best wishes to you all and, as ever, thank you for the last year and the love and support you continue to show for my books. 

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All the best, Erica!❤️I can also be a worrier, often with no reason🙈and yes, I might need surgery on one eye (to begin with) too!👀

Both my parents had this surgery and both were absolutely fine! I recommend cooking chicken noodle soup and freezing it in single portions so you have something nice to eat. It heals everything! My resolution is the same every year: to travel somewhere I haven’t been before. I’m doing quite well with this and it is achievable so makes me feel good 😊 set yourself goals that will be a joy to strive for! Happy New Year 🎉🍾🍀📚

Best of luck with the cataract surgery. I had both eyes done a few years ago and it is great to have almost perfect distance vision. However, reading small print and doing any close work is a chore now unless I wear glasses or use my Kindle Fire for reading (mostly I do). I regret not going for varifocal capsules but BUPA, which paid for the procedure, said that should anything go wrong it would only pay to fix things if I'd had the standard procedures (they'd pay for the initial varifocal procedure but not for any corrections) so I played safe and opted for the standard procedure and at least could see perfectly to drive. The procedure also corrected the stuck pupils I'd been left with after iritis but my night vision did not improve - excessively bright headlights are still ... excessively bright ... so I gave up night driving, which I used to enjoy. My best advice is do what the medics tell you in terms of aftercare - they do know exactly what they are talking about 😁 Also, I would definitely go for a general anaesthetic if you are given the choice - I had a local for the first eye 👁️ and had a bad experience in that I was so frozen (my neck was like a concrete pillar) that I could not let them know when I experienced distress (like trying to talk in a dream) 😴 🤗

Happy new year Erica. I had both catara cts done 18 months ago. They had to be done close together because I was extremely shortsighted. My message is if you have a choice stick with whatever sight you have ie if your short sighted stick with that. The operations went really well no problems at all BUT I said I would love to be able to see in the distance after years of near sight not realising I would lose my gift of short sightedness! Which means I can't see anything near, or put on eye liner etc or read small print! I didn't realise what I had. But now I can see a bird in the sky 2 miles away..Big deal! Good luck with your ops, you'll be fine. Xxx

I had both cataracts done at the James Paget hospital last feb/ march. Professer Burton put lenses in to correct my vision after the lenses were removed that were similar to the contact lenses i previously wore which gave me "mini mono vision" basically my left eye is perfect for distances and my right eye is great for reading. I dont need glasses to drive or anything! I only need a cheap pair of reading glasses for very small print. Its been great. They didn't hurt at all. My only advise is to book youserlf in with a hairdresser for wash and blow dries after your surgeries as you can't get your eyes wet and its great having your hair washed. Good luck x

Happy New Year Erica. I've had both eyes done over a 2 year period. If you can lie still on your back for 10 minutes or less you will he fine 🙂 I used to lie on my side a lot. A few weeks before I had my eyes done. I practiced lying on back and keeping still. The best thing I have had done. I can now enjoy yours and everyone else's book in comfort 🙂 x

I’m waiting for cataracts too, first one in January. Opted for anaesthetic as I’m a real wimp! Good luck

Happy New Year Erica 😁😁 ur table looks beautiful 😍 if I remember correctly my mum was in her early 80's when she had her cataracts done & she said it was glorious to see colours again properly 😁 so good luck, take care & pls try not to worry too much about it. Love'n'hugs ♥️😘🫂💕

Happy New Year!! Hope your surgeries go well! Thanks for your amazing books they bring so much comfort and joy to me I will be going for kidney stones removed surgery in the New Year Hope it goes well

Happy New year to you too, and thank you for your wonderful books. I had one cataract done about 6 years ago, as a result of treatment for a detached retina. I was apprehensive but it was a very positive experience. Just a very bright light, no pain afterwards.I don't need the other eye doing yet but would have no hesitation in getting in done.

Happy New Year Erica 🥳 Good Luck with your operations, I’m sure everything will go well xx

good luck with the surgery erica im sure it will be straightforward and also with your new years resolution my sympathy as im also a worrier i will be more calmer when i can be in my garden again happy new year xx

Cataract surgery wonderful,only downside was the dust I hadn't seen before!😊

Happy New Year, Erica. I hope all goes well with the cataract surgery. A chap I know (aged 86) had his done last year, and he no longer needs to wear glasses!

Happy New Year, try to remember the consultant has done the operations 100’s if not 1000’s of times, I hope this takes away some of your worries, be kind to yourself and think about all the wonderful things you will see on the other side!😊

Happy New Year Erica. Wishing you all the best for 2024. I’m sure your surgery will be fine, I know a few people who have had both eyes done with great success. It will be amazing afterwards. Love how welcoming your table and kitchen look. Have a lovely day xx

Dear Erica James I wish you A Happy New Year & All Good Things for 2024! 🎉🥳🍾🩷 I had both my cataracts done end of '22/beginning of '23 & it really is an eye opener. Yes the world isn't blurred as i thought for SO many years! Much love & have a wonderful day with your friends. My family will b here any minute now for my meat n tata pie Wigan Style ! With suet crust & loads of beetroot!! Yummy 😋 😋🩷xx

Happy new year and best wishes for your surgery Erica ❤️‍🩹

I’ve had both eyes done for cataracts. I was really really scared but both ops were fine. I now only have to wear glasses for reading . I picked up my reading glasses on the Wednesday before we went into lockdown in March 2020. You will be fine and it does make a world of difference.

Happy New year, good luck with your eye surgery x 🥰

Happy New Year.. good luck with the eye op x

Happy New Year and don't worry about the cataract surgery, it's a doddle - just relax & keep still. All the faffing around with paperwork etc beforehand takes longer. You'll probably have eye drops for a couple of weeks after but then it will be a bright new world. Good Luck xx

It’s a miraculous operation- you’ll be so happy when it’s done! HAPPY, HAPPY NEW YEAR 🙏😄

Happy New Year from the land down under! I love your table setting. I hope you didn’t change it. And, I have had cataract surgery and it was fine. I was awake for it but they did give me something because I didn’t feel anything. It was all over in no time All the best with your surgery. 🤗

My lovely mum had cataract surgery. She was delighted by the colours in the garden but not so impressed with the cobwebs in the corners! 😂

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