After letting us become lulled into a false sense of security with the ‘catproof fence’, this week Toby made his bid for freedom and did a Houdini.
When the others came in for tea he was nowhere to be found. We all searched the house and garden several times calling until we were hoarse and eventually we came to the conclusion that he must have got out to the front of the house via the garage perhaps.
We all went out into the road with hearts in mouths in case we came across an injured cat – or worse – and called him again and again.
Just before dark I went out once more and was in the middle of asking a couple of the village workmen to keep an eye out for him when Bear shouted from the top of our road,
He had appeared at the back door. It was a huge relief, but also a bit worrying. Our catproof fence was flawed: he had found a loophole.
Yesterday was taken up with appointments in town so we kept all the cats in.
Today CC and I inspected the fence and tried to work out how Toby had got out. There was one possible gap near the shed so we closed that and then let the cats out under supervision.
Toby knew he was being watched even though we hid behind bushes and pretended to be weeding but, fortunately I was nearby when he made his move. He nipped up a post by the soon-to-be gate and I just caught him at the top.
He was pretty cross at being brought in but I was pleased to have found his escape route.
Lunch was delayed while CC, Jay and I made temporary repairs. We’ll do a proper job when Sylvain has installed the long promised gate.
Yesterday’s appointments were an x-ray for Bear’s painful hip in the morning and a session at the opthalmologist in the afternoon.
He checked Bear’s left eye and decided that despite the existence of yellow spots (macular degeneration?) he would go ahead with a cataract operation in December. It is now up to us to make arrangements to see the anaesthetist and book a room at the polyclinic.
I was there for laser treatment because after last year’s operation the implant had become cloudy. I had no idea what to expect but was surprised when he asked me to sit at a table in front of a machine which closely ressembled all the other eqipment he uses for eye examinations.
“Rest your chin there and press your forehead firmly against the bar” – as usual.
The only ‘extras’ were places to rest one’s feet and instructions to hold on to the side of the table.
He then asked me to look at the green light with my right eye while he dealt with the left.
It lasted about five minutes but I was aware of blinking pretty frequently and finding it difficult to keep perfectly still, especially when I wanted to swallow. However, he was quite kind and patient.
The laser was a red light and didn’t hurt at all but it was disconcerting to feel and hear a kind of click or pop at the back of my head every time he fired it.
I remember thinking to myself,
“I hope he doesn’t take out any brain cells as I can’t afford to lose any!”
Afterwards he said I would probably have ‘mouches volants’ (literally flying flies but I suppose he meant floaters) for a few days but that there should be no pain or loss of vision. If that happened I was to come back immediately.
We paid 240 euros (reimbursable) and came home.
There are drops to apply three times a day for six days – and yes, I do see little black ‘insects’ occasionally but on the whole I am pleased with the result.
There is another appointment in a couple of weeks when I hope he will prescribe a change of correction for my glasses as I still don’t see as well as I’d like.