Peter is Changing How He Sees Things

I want to kick off this week by thanking everyone who reacted to last week’s effort. I hope that I have inspired you, and we here are already starting to plan for our Christmas donations. We are going to be donating to a local cat rescue organization, as an aside. 

For my part, as I am having cataract surgery this week, I will present some random thoughts about the subject.

Firstly, when I was told that I needed the surgery, my immediate reaction was that “…only olde people need cataract surgery!” Much to my chagrin, I did the math and realized that I qualified for the “olde people’s club”, i.e. I have enough seniority to be a senior  ;( . On the plus side, I have had a wave of support from my friends and acquaintances. ( I did have one person tell me about a problem that a friend of theirs had after this surgery, but thankfully our verbal interaction was brief, and they were definitely “the exception that proves the rule”.)

There are a few restrictions which you have to face after surgery, while you wait for the stitch work to heal. For example, no soap in your eyes. No driving for at least 48 hours after the surgery, and even then, only with the permission of your opthamologist. Do not rub your eye. Don’t make important personal decisions for least 24 hours after surgery. Et cetera, et cetera. 

I was given a pamphlet which goes into some detail about the “do’s and don’ts” of the whole thing and I have to say, Loyal Reader, it has been a vital resource to me during this puzzling time, even mapping out parking options at the hospital on the day in question.

Now another of the restrictions you have to deal with is on “heavy lifting”. You are not supposed to lift more than 20 pounds for about a week after surgery.

This presented some complications to us here at “Chez Montreuil”. I will have both eyes operated on, one on October 13th, the other on October 27th. We recently got advised that our window mounted air conditioning units have to be removed by October 31st. When the “heavy lifting” restriction is factored in, it can be seen that “… time is NOT on my side…”. 

It was also decided that our mattress would be replaced by one a little more conducive to sleep. Did I mention that it is a queen size mattress?

So it came to pass that a flurry of activity occurred at Chez Montreuil on Thanksgiving Day. Bedclothes were washed, cartons were opened, mattresses were placed and replaced. The obsolescent mattress was discarded, its eager replacement erm…. replacing it. CoCo the Fashionable personally supervised the making of the bed. 

Call the Paranormal People …the Bed is Purring Again

We awoke the next morning, refreshed from our sound sleep on our new mattress. As it was the day before the first surgery, I decided that that would be the day I uninstalled my Windows…….air conditioners.

The deed having been done, I decided to write this column, as I have no idea how I will react after my surgery.

Now the pamphlet also has a list of things that you can do after this surgery. You can read or watch television, do light housework or go for a walk. You can resume sexual activity ( cautiously), in about a week. (The pamphlet is not clear as to whether or not you need your opthamologist’s permission in this particular case. )

Anyway, I have been getting ready for tomorrow, and while I am a little nervous, I am thankful for the support that all of you are giving me. Betty will be by my side as much as possible tomorrow, which warms my heart and fills me with joy. Let me conclude this week by stating that I have been using 3 different prescriptions of eyedrops drops in preparation for my surgery. Total cost out of my pocket? Less than $12.00. 

See you soon, better out of my left eye. 


A confirmed Cat person, Peter dabbled with being a water boy, a paper boy and an altar boy before finally settling on a career with the Canadian federal government.  Once, in his youth, he ate a Dutch  oven full of mashed potatoes to win a 5 cent bet with his beloved sister Mary’s boyfriend. (Of course he was much younger and a nickel went a lot farther!))

He has retired to palatial “Chez Montreuil”, which he shares with his little buddy CoCo the Fashionable. He is blessed to have the beautiful Betty in his life. He is not only a plastic aircraft modeller, but a proud “rivet counter”. Military aviation and live music are among other interests of his, and he tries to get out to as many shows as he can. He will be here for your enlightenment whenever the stars align. Profile photo courtesy of Pat Blythe, caricature courtesy of Peter Mossman.

2 Responses to “Peter is Changing How He Sees Things”

  1. Good stuff, Peter … join the Cataract Club! Glad you got through the initiation with grace and aplomb! 😉

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