On August 6th I will have cataract surgery on my left eye, and if all goes well, the right eye a week later. With luck, perfect distance vision afterward, something I have not experienced in 50 years! If you are easing past middle age, and your vision is not so good any more, it may be that you are developing cataracts, which cloud your vision and once were a major cause of blindness in old age. (I'm 74).
I mention this because soon I will not be posting much for a while. I cannot recall how I managed without a laptop, internet, and Ello, of course. I spend hours each day on the internet. I am sure that I will be warned not to use the computer while the eye is healing. How will I keep up?
The operation is simple removal of the cloudy lens and insertion of one made of plastic. Done while I am awake, but sedated. I am told that this procedure is a "piece of cake", meaning routine and not complicated (almost all of the time). However, I am required to bring an "Advance Directive" which spells out what you want done if things do become extremely complicated. So it is a piece of cake, but every now and then, some poor bastard chokes to death on it. Ironic death by chocolate. Can I have the rest of his? He won't be eating it.
I have been thinking about a woman who got a tattoo on her chest that says: "Do Not Resuscitate" meaning "don't use extraordinary measures to keep me alive" when failing systems are trying to let me die. Many physicians have an advance directive which stop this from happening to them, because they have seen the outcomes of resuscitation when it was not such a hot idea.