My cold symptoms have returned, complicating matters a little.

Fortunately Jackie spent much of her working life as a professional carer for the elderly; now she has a chance to keep her hand in at home, in particular expertly applying my eyedrops four times a day.

Vision in the treated eye remains hazy and will of course take some time to clear.

I am unlikely to look at posts I follow for a while.

Other than this I have kept well away from the computer. I did manage to read a handful of pages of Kristin Lavransdatter, but one eye was not really up to the task.

This evening we all dined on tasty Ferndene bangers; creamy mashed potato; boiled cabbage and fried leeks; with tasty, crunchy carrots, and meaty gravy.


  1. Take it easy, Derrick and don’t do too much. Hope you feel better soon. Jessie xx

  2. I’m sorry you’re not feeling well, but I’m glad Jackie is taking good care of you (of course!). I hope your treated eye will clear soon.

  3. It’s wonderful that Jackie has this training, she can help you so much, Derrick, I hope you feel better soon. No worries on visiting blogs, your health is more important! Bangers and mashed potatoes sound so delicious! ????

  4. Please rest! Huge thanks to Jackie for taking such good tender loving care of you!
    Please don’t feel like you have to respond to these comments. Let Jackie read the comments to you. And then just let them be. 🙂 We care about you and need you well! (((HUGS))) and ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ to each person in your home!

  5. Sorry to hear that your cold symptoms have recurred. Bummer. I am surprised that you have to apply drops in your eye after the cataract surgery. That is a thing of the past here. My husband had to do that when he had his surgery about mid nineties. But when I had mine in 2021, I didn’t have to use drops at all. Hope you heal very soon and your vision is excellent.

    1. Hello Zakiah. Just a note to add to Derrick’s.
      Eye drops are not a thing of the past because the use of them after cataract surgery is crucial for the success of the procedure. Primarily to minimise inflammation and prevent infections. Inflammation is a natural response to the surgery, and eye drops are a defence against this.

  6. I am glad you have Jackie to take care of you, Derrick. After my cataract surgery, I limited my screen time and looking directly into light. I also wore tinted glasses and still do. Take care.

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        1. I have been unable to post because of the eyes change and a lingering cough. I hope to post soon, maybe today. Thanks again

  7. Every time I try to see your most recent blog, I am directed to one from Dec. 21. The Gods of the Internet are against me! This is the most recent one I could find…and I’ve read it before. Hope you are feeling better.

    1. hank you so much, Lakshmi. Cold improving but eyes need more time to adjust so blogging on pause

  8. Sorry to hear you are still having issues with your health and your eyes. With a good nurse like Jackie, you should be well in no time at all! Take care.

  9. When I remind Julia about the sickness and health and better and worse bits in the marriage ceremony she reveals an interesting breadth of vocabulary. Perhaps, while you are unable to blog Jackie might give us a few thoughts on retirement and marriage . . .

    Meanwhile, I hope things continue to progress in a positive manner. These things always seem to take more time 6han we think.

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