Saturday, February 12, 2011

Why bush babies shouldn't drive

Last Sunday was bad, what with falling hard on my butt onto iced-up concrete and a few other small disasters, Monday was worse with a tough workday which ended with the discovery that at some point I'd lost the left lens out of my glasses and failed to notice until I went to put them on to drive home.

I managed to get through Tuesday and Wednesday without killing myself or anyone else, and made a Thursday appointment for an eye exam. It had been two years since my last exam, so I was due anyway. The good news was that my right eye hadn't changed, only my left was a bit worse. That was good both because it was the left lens I needed replaced and because my right eye is my dominant eye, so I was okay to use my old glasses for a couple of days. I had a nice chat with the receptionist about knitting, and was about to leave when she commented that my eyes were still dilated and maybe someone should come get me. I assured her I didn't have far to go, and left.

Usually, when I have an eye appointment, it is in January or February, and every appointment I've had until now has been on an overcast or full-on snowy day. Thursday was different. It was sub-freezing cold but brilliantly sunshiny, and in the four minutes it took me to drive less than a mile home, I was in acute pain. I had intended to measure the distance between my pupils so I could get a spare pair or two of glasses from Zenni, but when I looked in the mirror, I didn't even see irises, my eyes were all pupil and I looked like a bush baby. So I took a nap. Two hours later my eyes still hadn't gone back to normal, so I did some desultory knitting, ate dinner, had a bath and went to bed early.

Happily, my replacement lens was done on Friday, so I will be ordering my spare pair(s) soon. Plus, Mom paid for a nice lunch for all of us yesterday, and we had an enjoyable hour, so the week ended much better than it began.

4 comments:

Sherri said...

MIL gave me new glasses as my Christmas/Birthday present -- got sunglasses (no more super cool expensive Designer frames *sigh*), replaced lenses in the pair I had, and, most importantly, got a spare pair for which I will get clip-on dark lenses. No new readers this time -- I think I will have plenty of trouble keeping up with 4 pairs of glasses as is. (GAH!)

Lucky for me, the doctor didn't need to dilate my eyes. He said they were dilated enough on their own.

Also -- got 'em at Costco. maybe not the largest selection of frames ever, but about 1/2 the price in town, which is why I got the spare pair. The cats will have to work twice as hard now to hide my glasses.

Jay said...

I hope your butt has recovered from the collision with the icy concrete!

Sue Shepherd said...

How about joining some other MS curmudgeons?

http://www.mskurmudgeonskorner.com

Falls on ice count towards the owie of the month award.

Jammies said...

Aw, bummer, no more 1950s starlet Sherri. :( But glad you have new glasses!

Jay, yes, I believe my butt is better.

Sue, you already know what my response is. ;)