Today I had planned to go for a ride with my cousin. Back in January, I went bike shopping with him. He ended up with a Bianchi hybrid, on which he swapped the stock saddle for a wider one. He's a bit older than I am, and hadn't ridden for decades before he bought his mount. I am happy that he bought a bike that he'll actually ride; I won't try to nudge him toward a more "serious" bike.
This would have been the first time we rode together. However, I had to cancel: My eye infection is still healing, and I don't want to take any chances. Plus, having this infection has left me very tired. I remember reading somewhere that a significant portion of our body's energy goes toward making our eyes function. It makes sense: When our eyes are tired, we are tired.
It's just my luck that today has been just about everybody's idea of a perfect fall day. It's been pleasantly cool and crisp, and the sun has shone brightly. It's a welcome change from the driving rain we had for a couple of days, and the two days of 40mph-plus wind gusts that followed. It's exactly the sort of day when I want to get on my bike, period.
I wonder whether doctors are being sarcastic when they refer to people like me as "patients."