Monday, November 30, 2020

Nothing to see here just now, except my new trailer

On November 11, I had the second of two eye surgeries for cataract removal and partial corneal transplant due to Fuch's Dystrophy. The first surgery on my left eye in September had been successful, with the only hiccup being the need to apply a second bubble to my eye to help with healing. By the time I was preparing for the second surgery my left eye had clearer vision and felt fine. I had no reason to expect a different outcome the second time around.
Sadly, there have been ongoing complications with my right eye,  requiring not one but two bubble re-applications. I was advised that if the second re-bubble didn't work, there was likely a problem with the transplant and I would have to go in for a complete do-over of the surgery on my right eye.
It has been a week and a half since the second re-bubble. In that time, there's been no improvement. I have a followup this Thursday and it's likely I'll have to start all over with this eye.

I tell you all this because it's why I can't ride a bike, or even walk very far. I have NO depth perception and that makes riding dangerous and walking risky on old, uneven sidewalks.
So I'm antsy to return to riding but I know it will be quite awhile before I can.

I've tried to stay busy otherwise, mostly by drumming daily and also by upgrading/downsizing my trailer. I sold the old Burley kid trailer I'd had for years, and replaced it with a used Travoy. I don't plan to haul guitar and amp to gigs anymore -- I'll take the bus or catch a ride as needed -- so having a big trailer no longer made sense. The Travoy comes highly recommended by friends and it folds down small enough to fit inside its own large fabric shopping bag. I bought an extra bracket and wheel guards to make it a little nicer; and I'll sew a rain cover from an old waterproof laundry bag. I think it will be perfect or larger grocery runs and scavenging at yard sales.

                                                                                        I got the previous model (2010-2019),  which is shown here:.     
Below it is the 2020 model which has a few new features but is essentially the same trailer made a little fancier.

For now, I'm content to wait and heal. But I'll be dreaming of bicycle rides to come.

Happy riding!


Dave said...

Good luck with the eye op. It's very frustrating not being able to do what you enjoy but it will be worth it. The new trailer looks the biz.

Nancy said...

I am wishing you well with your eye issues Beth. I do think you will really like the Travoy. We have one and it works so well for grocery runs and for hauling anything on the large or unwieldy side. I was not aware that there is now a “new and improved” model for 2020. Hard to think of how they would improve it. But —— things MUST be improved so other things can be ‘outdated’.

I am hoping for you to be able to get out for some of your riding soon. I know oh too well how hard it is to stay totally off the bike 😏. So do take care, heal well and see you on the road. I enjoy your blog, so keep that going as well. ;’-).

bikelovejones said...

Thanks so much, guys! I am trying to keep from going stir crazy -- I love these cold, sunny days for riding -- but I am hopeful that eventually everything will get resolved.
And yes, I'm looking forward to trying out the Travoy for sure.
Thanks and happy riding!

Jay said...

Hi Beth, I just read this today (Dec 10). I hope that your follow up went well and you have a path forward with your eye. It must be frustrating to lose some of your mobility, but being able to see properly will make it worth it. Nice trailer....lots of look with it.
Jay, Demarest, NJ