This week the county reports the total number of Covid cases up 3261 to 52,260, of which 2434 of those new cases are confirmed and 1693 are active. There have been 11 new deaths for a total of 608. Most disturbing is our rate of new cases per 100K population, which is up 277.9 to 715.1! Just a few months ago, it was almost down to 100.
We are up at the crack of dawn this morning, and if this post doesn’t go up until later today, you will know that I didn’t have time to finish it before we had to leave for the eye doctor. Wayne had his first cataract surgery yesterday, and he’s going in to have the bandage removed and the eye checked (and presumably his second eye scheduled). Yesterday, we spent most of our day doing that. We left before noon for the clinic, which is almost an hour’s drive from home. The receptionist told us the it usually takes about 1 3/4 hours once they take him back, but Wayne’s took more like 2 1/2 hours. He said later that they left him sitting back there for an hour before they took him in. I was actually there so long that I finished reading my book and had nothing to do but twiddle my thumbs (because my phone battery was low). After he was finally done, we went to our favorite barbecue place, which is quite some way from our house so we don’t get to go there very often, but is on the way home from that clinic. By the time we got home, it was almost dark, around 5 PM.
Wayne doesn’t have his appointment yet for his second eye. I am wondering how that’s going to work when I have it done. My friend Ray just had his done before he visited in November, and they did his eyes one week apart. But I asked a lady who was in the waiting room if she had had her eyes done (she was waiting for her husband), and she said they did hers about a month apart. Since I will not be able to read without plain corrective glasses like the ones you get at Walgreen’s after I have my first eye done, I am wondering how I will be able to read between getting my first eye done and my second eye. One eye will need my reading glasses (or I could do without glasses) and the other eye will need the cheaper corrective glasses. If I punch the lens out of the corrective glasses just for the month, then that’ll render them useless afterwards. Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to buy a cheap pair then get nicer ones for after my second eye is done.
Last Wednesday was Luke’s grooming appointment, which means that Christine and I do something together. We decided to try a different breakfast restaurant. We drove to a restaurant called Kitchen Table in Orchards (about 20 minutes from Christine’s house), but it was closed because of equipment problems. So, we drove to another one in Salmon Creek. I had been to the one in Orchards before. Christine wasn’t really impressed, as had been my first impression, too, although generally a breakfast place is a breakfast place.
On Thursday I went to exercise class for the first time in two weeks. Tuesday’s was canceled, and Thursday we had a different teacher. She had a more random-seeming approach. Carla always seems very organized and like she has planned what she is going to do. Also, she keeps us moving for almost the entire hour, whereas Mary just seemed to be making it up as she went and stopped several times to ask us what we wanted to do. Also, Carla tends to do things in eights. We’ll do a bunch of something and then something else and then something else, and then we’ll do them over in groups of eight, whereas Mary just had us do something for a long time and then said to do two more. Maja said her muscles ached more with Mary, but I think I prefer Carla’s approach. I didn’t ever feel like I got my cardio up, but I did have to stop doing some things before Mary did.
On Friday I had my yearly mammogram, and by that afternoon I got back the results already (normal), which began the story of the disappearing appointment. My doctor’s assistant, a guy named Chris, called me to tell me the results and say that I was due in for tests. He offered to transfer me to the receptionist to make that appointment, and she gave me a choice of Monday or Friday this week. I picked Monday and scheduled, I thought, an appointment for 10:40. Then on Sunday, we got the usual automated reminder. Wayne took it. Usually he makes me listen to the ones for me, whereas I usually just accept his for him. This time he didn’t do that. He checked it on the calendar, accepted it, and then told me that it matched the time on the calendar, 10. Well, the calendar said 10:40, so I wasn’t sure if he misread my writing or the time was really different.
So, on Monday I called the lab in Camas, which is where our doctor’s office is, but she said she wasn’t taking appointments right now. She said she would look to see if I was scheduled for the Salmon Creek lab, where I would rather go anyway, because it’s about half an hour closer. But she said I wasn’t on that appointment list either. She made me an appointment at the Salmon Creek lab for next week. Still, we did get that confirmation call. Later on in the day, I wondered if by some misunderstanding, my appointment was actually with the doctor. But when I started to call the receptionist again, I realized it was the same number as the person I talked to originally, so surely she would have checked to see if I had an appointment with the doctor. I guess this is one time when it would have been good to have listened to the reminder myself.
On Friday I also realized that I needed to take down the Christmas tree this weekend, because Wayne is unable to lift more than 20 pounds after his surgery for two weeks, so he wouldn’t be able to help me get the tree out. So, I spent a couple of days taking down ornaments and lights and then Wayne came in with his chain saw and cut the tree into pieces. I still haven’t taken down the rest of the ornaments or the outside lights.
On Monday I felt lethargic after a night spent with my stomach bothering me. I probably fell asleep around 3 AM, and then some idiot called us at 6:30 in the morning, when I was finally heavily asleep and so was Wayne. Later in the day, Wayne had to go to the Main Street eye doctors to pick up some eye drops, and he wanted me to go with him. This should have been a fairly short trip, but it ended up taking a couple of hours, because the receptionist was so busy when he arrived. Luke and I waited in the car for about 20 minutes. On the way back, I felt very sleepy, and we had less than an hour after returning home before I had to leave for art class. All the way to art class, I had that heavy feeling like I was going to fall asleep any minute, so by the time I got there, I decided to turn around and go home. I didn’t think I’d be able to concentrate that evening.
Our weather went from being unusually cold with snow to unusually warm. It has been in the 40’s and even 50’s the past week or two. The snow is all gone, and it has rained most of the days this week. At least once when I tried to take Luke for a walk, he didn’t want to go.
The other day, we turned to drive up our driveway and there was a deer in our orchard. Looking more closely, I saw another deer, that little fawn, on the stairs from our lower drive to the bottom of the orchard. Nice.
We are back from the eye doctor. It looks like Wayne is going to have to continue to wear glasses, because they were unable to correct his astigmatism. I hope they will be able to do mine, because I don’t want to have to wear glasses afterwards. Wayne can’t drive until they tell him he can, but he has had the bandage removed from his eye and says he can see well even without his glasses. We stopped on the way home at Walmart so he could get the lens removed from one side of his glasses.