A brief report: I’m spending a couple of days with my cousin VZ. That’s the one who fell asleep while I was reading her the first pages of my work in progress two years ago.
I posted about the incident here even as she was snoring away in the other bed–we were sharing a hotel room after attending a bridal shower that afternoon–and I hated to do it but felt it served her right. There’s a certain deference due to writers, and that night she didn’t give me any at all.
Nonetheless, I came to officiate at VZ’s cataract surgery. Experience allows me to say things like, There’s nothing to it, and, Don’t worry, and, They’ll give you enough Valium, you won’t care what they’re doing. I’m also an expert eye drop dropper. Steady hand, good aim, all that.
Surgery took place this morning and all went well. Waiting went well, too, because the ophthalmologist’s office had Wi-Fi and I had my Chromebook. We spent the afternoon doing drops and sleeping. I was supposed to be reading a book but I suppose Valium is contagious. Fortunately, her prescription read every two hours when awake.
VZ crashed again two hours ago. It’s approaching ten o’clock, so I am waking up, as I tend to do about this time every night. I’ll read for a while but will retire in about a half-hour. It’s important that I be awake and alert in the morning. VZ wakes early and will need her eye drops, three different drugs, each with its own set of instructions.
And at present I’m the only one of us who can read.
Image: A Maid Sleeping, Johannes Vermeer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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8 thoughts on “Shut-eye”
Love the post. VZ is lucky to have you for a sister…and how good of you to “drop” in. 🙂 take care
VZ has been showing up for me and my family all my life. I can’t repay that, but I try to help when I can. Plus she’s fun to be with.
I’m glad everything is going well. Good luck with the rest of the recovery!
She made it through beautifully–and did it again a month or so later.
Simple but effective blog post….you conveyed so many emotions and facts in so few words.
Thank you, Debra. You know how it is–sometimes the words just flow, and you get out of the way the best you can. 🙂
you are a fabulous cousin and friend, and also a great story teller
Thanks. I had several good instructors in both areas.
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