Yesterday I had a routine, annual eye exam. As part of the exam, he put drops in my eyes which made my vision blurry for the rest of the day. I kept cleaning my glasses, but it was my eyes that needed cleaning. He told me I had great vision. Amazing vision. With a codicil.
Here’s a little quiz for we older folks. These are sentences we hear from doctors. What is the secondary clause?
- Your vision is amazing…
- Your heart is doing fine…
- Your bloodwork was good…
- Your vision is amazing for someone your age.
- Your heart is doing fine, considering the surgery and all the medications you take.
- Your bloodwork was good, all things considered.
How about the good news without the extra clause to remind us that things could be and have been worse? Say something positive and omit the part in which you remind us we are old and infirm. We know we are old and infirm. You don’t need to remind us. We get it. Really.