Yesterday, I had a consultation with an audiologist. I wear hearing aids. At age 84, it’s not surprising. Even so, the man sounded apologetic when he said one day I might need a larger device, one that wasn’t as cosmic as those I now wear. “I know people like to look their best,” he said as he glanced at his shoes, behaving as my poor hearing was his fault.
” Great!” I told him. “Let me hear bird songs until I die.”
I won’t say I’m not a vain person. No one wants to be mistaken for a child of the Elephant Man, but I’m certain my friends would rather see me with larger hearing aids than being required to shout as we break bread over plates of spaghetti. When the hearing aid transition comes, if it does, I’ll embrace it.
Some people go to extraordinary lengths to create illusions about themselves. I might lie about my weight, but I’d never go under the knife to trim off a few years from my face. I could be unique in my attitude that the pain isn’t worth it.
The October edition of Towne&Country, (pg. 67) reports that many people are opting for plastic surgery during the Covid-19 pandemic. One reason is they have surplus money.
Unable to travel to Cannes, the wealthy are opting for self-renewal and aiming for the big stuff. Not Botox treatments or face peels. They’re choosing facelifts, chin lifts, and nose jobs, treatments that require longer healing periods. As they aren’t going anywhere, why not?
Face masks are a big help. Six weeks of healing after surgery is a breeze if only the eyes are uncovered. Working at home adds another incentive. One woman turned off the camera option on her computer and cell phone. Now she can manage her business while wrapped in gauze like an extra from the 1932 movie, The Mommy. No one needs to know.
Because of the increased demand for nip and tuck operations, plastic surgeons are scrambling for hospital beds in a time of a pandemic. Money must talk because they are managing it. I suppose people on ventilators don’t do much squawking. Even better, they can be relied upon to keep a secret.