Cataracts And Kayaks

 Posted by at 1:11 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 292022

A week or so ago, I mentioned that Terry’s eye doctor said it’s about time to consider cataract surgery for her. We knew it was coming, and she’s been wanting to get it over with, but just needed to wait for the doctor to give the okay. She had an appointment at Kutryb Eye Institute in Titusville yesterday afternoon and they told her the magic time had arrived.

We are not sure when it will happen yet. They’re supposed to call her to schedule it for sometime in the next month. They usually don’t do both eyes at the same time, and in her case, they will do the right eye first and then schedule the left eye. That usually happens a week or two later.

Medicare only pays for basic lenses, but I told Terry to go ahead and get the best ones available, and we would pay the difference out of pocket. But as it turns out, her doctor does not recommend the very best ones. She has chronic dry eyes and has to have plugs inserted in her eyes every few months, along with using special eye drops during the day, and the doctor told her that the PanOptix lenses we thought she would be going with are not a good choice for someone with her condition. Instead, she’ll be taking a step down to a mid-level lens called the IQ Vivity. The doctor said that should bring her vision to 20/25 and that she might have to use off-the-shelf 125+ readers for close-up work. That’s about what my vision is after my cataract surgery and I do the same thing for really small type.

If you’ve been reading the blog for very long, you know that Terry and I love kayaking, and living only 800 yards from the Intracoastal Waterway and some excellent fishing, we get out as often as we can. We have two 13-foot Old Town Predator kayaks, as well as an Old Town Predator PDL, which you can either paddle or use your feet and pedal to propel across the water. All three are excellent for kayaking or fishing because they are super stable.

We also have two excellent Sea Eagle inflatable kayaks from our days as fulltime RVers. They are very well made and pretty much bulletproof, but because we have so many oyster beds around here, we are hesitant to use them. I’ve advertised them on a couple of venues for a while, but so far, I have not found a buyer for them.

When our daughter Tiffany and granddaughter Destiny were here in January, they wanted to get out on the water. With only three hard kayaks, Terry and the girls went out for a while, and then they came back in, and I took Terry’s place. We had an amazing experience when we got into the middle of a dolphin feeding frenzy, with more of the beautiful marine mammals than I could count coming up all around us chasing baitfish. They were so close that we even got splashed a few times. Being from Arizona, you can bet Tiffany and Destiny got a thrill out of that!

After they left, Terry and I decided that we might look around for one more hard kayak so the next time the four of us can go out together and for when our son Travis and his wife Geli come to visit. I had noticed that Old Town has a new kayak called the Sportsman out, which comes in both 10 and 12 foot lengths. I did some research on it and decided that it would make the perfect addition to our little fleet.

While we were in Titusville last week, we stopped at Kayaks By Bo, a wonderful little family business where we bought our other three Old Town kayaks and checked out the 12-foot-long Sportsman. As soon as we saw it we knew it would be perfect for our needs. I paid for it then and told them that I would pick it up when we came to town for Terry’s eye appointment. So while she was inside with the doctor yesterday, I drove a few blocks to the kayak shop and loaded up the new one.

Even though my Ram Laramie has a 5½-foot bed, with the tailgate flat and the kayak seat folded down, we were able to slip it in the back, leaving the tonneau cover closed, and tied it down with no problem at all. With a red flag tied to the back end of the kayak, I set off to pick up Terry and come on home. Our buddy Jesse was just getting home from work and he came over and helped me unload the new kayak once I backed into the garage. Now we need it to cool down enough that we can take it out and get it in the water. Terry has already informed me that she loves the look of it, so I have a feeling it’s going to become her favorite new kayak.

And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us, courtesy of Jim Harper.

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  2 Responses to “Cataracts And Kayaks”

  1. I may have a buyer for the blowup kayaks. Please let me know the price. Thanks.

  2. Electile dysfunction? Ha! Since y’all are in hurricane territory, the next time a hurricane is reported as possibly making landfall near you, don’t be guilt of premature evacuation.

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