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Old 08-20-2020, 12:20 AM   #8021
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BIG smile!

I just can't tell you all how thrilled I've been with Himself's reaction to his cataract surgery. He was pretty hesitant about it going in (who wouldn't be worried with someone cutting into their eye?), but now he's wandering around like a teenage girl who just got an autograph from her favorite member in her #1 Teenage Boy Band group! I'm tickled pink that he's so happy. He just came in from the front porch wearing his sleep shorts and a ratty t-shirt (good thing the neighbors go to be early) chortling about how small of stars he can now see clearly - even though he still has his patch over the eye! BTW, his eye patch is perforated metal.

One thing for sure - come a month from now I won't be holding my breath when we're out driving around at night. He's been a little challenged when driving at night if the lights and painted lines weren't just right.
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Glad to read that CG. I may be looking at cataract surgery soon.

It's not that my cataracts are past the tiny stage. It's that my glaucoma might be improved by cataract surgery. I'm finding this all very stressful. Cataract surgery may be fairly straightforward for most people, but it's much more complex when someone has glaucoma. In fact, when my ophthalmologist started getting insistent, I asked for a second opinion. He promptly gave me a referral to a clinic that has glaucoma and cataract specialists. Well, that was just before the lockdown. I never heard from the clinic. I recently went for another appointment with my ophthalmologist and got another referral. This time, I got an appointment, for October. It scares the heck out of me, especially because of the pandemic. Well, I'll have to see what they say.
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Old 08-21-2020, 12:09 AM   #8023
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taxy, I remember you recently having problems with getting comfortable drops for your glaucoma. I hope that's all straightened out.

I'm surprised at how Himself handled the whole episode. He doesn't like anyone touching or being near his eyes - not even himself. I can understand that because I was that way, but after wearing contacts for a while I adapted. He also has been hiding almost all the time since we went into lock down. He will go through the drive-through at the pharmacy, and he does do the contactless pick-up for our take-out meals. That's it. So even going to the hospital and doctor's offices had him freaked. We were both very pleased with the ultra care all the facilities around here are taking to keep everyone safe. He felt comfortable enough that we went out to eat after his check-up this morning. I tell ya, that felt very odd...
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Old 08-21-2020, 01:06 AM   #8024
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CG, I was comfortable at the office that does the tests. I was less comfortable at the ophthalmologist's office. The waiting room kept getting fuller and fuller. We were still probably far enough apart and everyone was wearing a mask, but there was one lady wearing hers dick nose style and a young man who only bothered to tie his mask at the top. I really didn't like waiting about an hour and a half in that room. After five days, I had a coughing fit and got all panicked. It's now been over two weeks with no other symptoms, so I'm feeling a lot better about that.
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Old 09-21-2020, 01:22 PM   #8025
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I haven't driven my car in a long time. It needed to be checked out and have maintenance and repairs done. It was a big stress item for me. Last week, I finally called Swedish Auto (the garage I have been using for Volvos since 2002). The car "lives" in the underground garage of our condo association. Even a small tow truck can't get in there, so it's always an adventure getting the car out of the garage when the battery is dead. Also, getting the car back to my place was going to be an issue. I haven't driven for a while. Swedish Auto is in town. To drive home, I would have to get on the autoroute (Quebecois for freeway) almost right away. I'm not up for getting onto the autoroute in the city before I practice driving a bit. I really want to practice near home and see how much practice I feel I need. Then, I will start with short trips on the autoroute.

Well, the car got picked up on Saturday. Stirling had to help the tow truck driver push the car to the garage door, so he could hook her up.

Today I got a call from Manuel at Swedish Auto. The car is in pretty good shape. There is a repair that needs to be done sooner rather than later, oil change, new battery, clean out the rims and tires, and put new tire valves. But, it looks like I will have my car back and in good shape this week. They said they will figure out how to drive the car to my place. It's about 25 km (~15 miles) away and in the suburbs. I think one of the people who works at Swedish Auto lives not that far from me.

Anyhoo, I'm happy and excited and nervous. Having a functioning car will make a lot of stuff much easier.
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Old 09-22-2020, 02:45 PM   #8026
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I have my car. She's clean. She's repaired. I drove around for 10 - 15 minutes.
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Old 09-22-2020, 04:19 PM   #8027
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Old 09-22-2020, 06:57 PM   #8028
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Ahh Haaa, I found the answer to what's going on by playing detective.

I'm really happy for you Taxi....there's nothing more freeing than having your own wheels whenever the mood suits you. Congratulations!

I sincerely hope I'm capable of driving safely for the rest of my life. I have a durn good record as I've been driving since 1959 without a moving violation or accident.
I sure wasn't perfect, but the law wasn't watching.
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Old 09-22-2020, 07:04 PM   #8029
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Kayelle, it's not just a question of having my own wheels. Stirling doesn't drive. He never learned. So, there was no getting out as safely as I like. That's why I haven't been ordering online for curbside pickup.
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I have my car. She's clean. She's repaired. I drove around for 10 - 15 minutes.
I read that with the voice of a teen-age taxy getting her learner's permit. Like Kayelle said, nothing like knowing you have your own wheels to use when you want them. Maybe you need to plan a "color ride" for you and Stirling to enjoy the autumn leaves changing.
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Old 09-22-2020, 08:42 PM   #8031
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I'm going to get to hear baseball in October! The Cleveland Indians just clinched a spot in the playoffs. Don't know how deep they'll go, but no baseball is like October baseball.

It sure would be nice to see my team win the World Series before I die...
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Old 09-22-2020, 09:43 PM   #8032
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Kayelle, it's not just a question of having my own wheels. Stirling doesn't drive. He never learned. So, there was no getting out as safely as I like. That's why I haven't been ordering online for curbside pickup.
In these trying times it's cathartic to be able to take control of what we can change in our personal lives. Not to sound too clinical, you are changing what you can for the better, and leaving what's unchangeable behind.
Good on you my friend.
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In these trying times it's cathartic to be able to take control of what we can change in our personal lives. Not to sound too clinical, you are changing what you can for the better, and leaving what's unchangeable behind.
Good on you my friend.
Thanks

This will likely make my current situation easier.
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Old 09-23-2020, 12:37 AM   #8034
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In these trying times it's cathartic to be able to take control of what we can change in our personal lives...
I recently read this comment in a Southern Living article that pretty much sums up my new philosophy on life: "Is this a problem I can solve?" If the answer is no, I try really hard to just let it go. It's not easy, but I'm getting better.
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I recently read this comment in a Southern Living article that pretty much sums up my new philosophy on life: "Is this a problem I can solve?" If the answer is no, I try really hard to just let it go. It's not easy, but I'm getting better.
I have been striving to do this for years... I'm also getting better but I have a long ways to go.
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I found out that the store I have been ordering groceries from for years has Danish Butter Cookies. I was a little bit skeptical, because they are a store brand. But, I enlarged the picture of the tin of cookies and it says "Made in Denmark". I bought some. They don't have any soy and they are exactly as they should be. They were even on special.
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Old 12-21-2020, 03:45 PM   #8038
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