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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Eye Yai Yai

I've probably never confessed this on the blog before, but I absolutely LOATHE going to the doctor, the dentist, the whatever. Ever since I became a momma, I've been embarrassingly neglectful in this area. I have made and kept the necessary appointments, but I tend to drag my feet for as long as possible.

(Let the nagging commence.)

I've vowed that this fall - before we receive our next referral - I am going to get up-to-date on EVERYTHING. Yes, even the stirrup appointments. I started last week with an eye exam. (I wear glasses, y'all. I mean, in case you didn't know.) I'd like to say that I made the appointment because I'm responsible, but the truth is that my glasses have been slightly broken for more than a year AND my prescription just wasn't doing the trick anymore. So I went.

Yes, my sensory-self had to cope with the air puffing machine. And eye drops that dilate.

But that wasn't the worst of it. The worst of it came in the form of a conversation between me and the optometrist. The optometrist - who has a son with sensory processing disorder - completely understood my wacky self, plus my extreme need to Find Glasses Exactly Like My Old Pair so that the Tongginator didn't freak out. (Seriously. She'd been obsessing about this for WEEKS. It's a sensory thing. I am also not allowed to get a new hairstyle.) Anyways, my conversation with the optometrist went something like this...

OPTOMETRIST: So... how old are you?

TONGGU MOMMA: I'm 36.

OPTOMETRIST: Okay. (long pause) So... do you wear your glasses when you read?

TONGGU MOMMA: No. I tend to take them off. It's uncomfortable, so I usually just read without them.

OPTOMETRIST: Good. That's good. (another pause) I have a new rule for you. Don't ever wear your glasses when you read. I mean never.

TONGGU MOMMA: Okay. Can I ask why?

OPTOMETRIST: (another pause) Well, you seem to be only nearsighted. Your vision up close is fine, so your eyes will actually get worse if you read while you're wearing your glasses. Which means - if you wear your glasses when you read - you're going to have to get bifocals. And I didn't think you'd want to do that at your age.

Bifocals. BIFOCALS , y'all. I really have no words...

32 comments:

Keating Mom said...

Good for you for catching up! Just don't do what I did last week- I showed up for Z's dentist appt. (which he had a month ago) when he really had an eye doctor appt! I totally understand the T obsessing for weeks! We have stopped trying to prepare Z for things, because he obsesses about them. And good for you with having good vision close up!!

Tonggu Grammy said...

4 more years at best ----- the bifocals are coming!!!!!

Aus said...

Morning TM - a couple things here:

1) Proud of you for trying to catch up on your health care - I mean - you are useless to any of them if you 'go down' - so yeah - take care of that....
2) We'd probably know you wear glasses if you ever showed the face of anyone (including yourslef) in your pictures! ;)
3) Bifocals - "ain't nuthing but a thang" - wait until you have tri-focals....or hearing aids....or.... :)

hugs - aus and co.

Number 6 and no more counting! said...

OK, I am very interested in this post. I am a terrible chicken about appointments too. I am absolutely sicked by the thought of the eye drops or any procedure! No issue with new things like hair cuts or glasses.

It is you that has the sensory processing issue?

Lea
xo

PS. Good for you making all the appointments!

Kelley said...

Good for you for getting all of the yucky appointments out of the way...we leave on Friday of next week to go to China, and that's what I've been doing all summer!

Bifocals...not sure what to say here. But I feel you. :)

Dawn said...

Well, I AM SLIGHTLY (by 10 years! Ha!) older than you...

I had an eye appointment last week, too. My first one in (dropping my voice to a whisper)... more than 10 years. And, yes, my reading glasses have now been upgraded (for the low, low fee of almost $600) to BIFOCALS.

Also within this last week I had some stomach issues that the doctor suspects could be my gallbladder. (Humph.)

Oh, and my son is starting his high school senior year this fall.

So, YOU? Nothing to worry about... you're still a spring chicken! Haha!

Trying my best to make you feel better - hope this helped!

Georgia Peach said...

I hear you about dredding yearly appointments. Yuck. It's time to schedule mine, but I'm putting it off.

Georgia Peach said...

Just read Tonggu Grammy's comment...hahahahahaa...don't you just love how mama's will tell it like it is.

Last time I got my "readers" updated the lady in the fitting area asked if I wanted to loosen the fittings so they would slip down my nose when I looked up from my reading. I sat up straighter in my chair, smoothed out my still brown hair and informed her that I am not old enough for reading glasses that slip down the nose.

Kim K. said...

Because we never get to see your secret identity (I'm just picking on you) we'd never ever know you wear glasses. Heck, you're still a young thing...speaking from someone who six years older.

I hauled myself to the eye doctor last week when I tore my last pair of contacts and was desperate to avoid wearing my glasses. I can totally relate to the sensory thing.

happygeek said...

Well at least they make bifocals without lines nowadays. (I'm not helping am I?). Gotta love your momma's comment, it's exactly what was gonna say. Which I can because I am so much younger than you:).

Saint Louis Family Robinson said...

Oh TM... I am way over due for a GYN exam and mammogram (yep, I'm now at the age where my doctor likes for me to have an annual mammogram... seesh). And I use to be so good about ALL my appts, but now it's a different story. I suppose taking time away from being a Mama to do medical things is different from taking time away from the corporate world. ????

Oh and at age 36 my eye guy said "Uhh, you could probably use a pair of bifocals, but I'm not going to prescribe a pair. You won't wear them. We'll talk again in 10 years, and you probably still won't wear them." Now it is ten years later and, well, I use cheap dime store readers and really should go have my eyes checked professionally. Maybe I'll do that this fall (along with all my other overdue appts) once school starts.

Sherri said...

Embrace the bifocals! They have no line bifocals that you can't even tell are bifocals.

Not that I'd know.....

Patricia/NYC said...

Lol...welcome to life! ;)
Seriously...good for you for cathcing up with all of those dreaded appts...we mommas must take care of ourselves!!

I got you beat by MANY years (don't ask!!) & have been through all of this...you know what the greatest thing is?? Bifocal contact lenses!!! THE BEST!!!

Chelsea Gour said...

Yeah, well. We didn't all escape the bifocals this year. Guess who's wearing them. Of course, you're just a baby compared to my 40 year old self! Enjoy it while you can! Time has a way.....

Suzy said...

They need to come up with something more appealing to call them. Bifocals sounds OLD or like something that would let you see two things at once - which would actually be cool if our brains could handle it. Imagine looking at something with one eye & the other eye seeing it microscopically. Any way, I just think they should market them differently so that EVERYONE would want them. Cause I'm just saying that if Apple came out with iGlasses or iFocals everyone on the planet would want them.

The Gang's Momma! said...

Bwaaahahahahahahaha. I am sooooo cracking up at this whole post. I can hear the snark and the indignance from here.

I just turned forty two. See, I have to write it out cuz the numbers just make me mad. Dang mad.

AAAAAND... I had to confess to The Boss that I'm having trouble at the end of the day with the book being held on my chest when I read in bed. Now, I'm starting to have to hold it down along my tummy. Propped up on a pillow cuz my saggy baggy arms get tired so easily. As if my tummy isn't proppy enough.

We just had that whole conversation last night. While I tried not to cry.

The Hickels said...

I am in the same boat here. I used to be so good about all my annual appts until the third child came along, and now there just don't seem to be enough hours in the day (or dollars in the wallet, for that matter). I really need to see the Gyn and my regular doc as it's been over 2 years for both of them. I, too, wear glasses. Last time I went was 6 years ago when I got tired of my brother-in-law making fun of my lopsided frames. Guess I'm probably due to go there then, too.....

Mei Ling said...

I delayed my eye examination for ... what was it... 11 months.

To the point that I think my eyesight is actually starting to deteriorate because I now have to squint at certain distances with my long-distance vision eye, and I swear I didn't have to do that before.

I didn't and still don't have vision benefits and my family insurance doesn't cover me anymore, so I gotta pay the entire thing to have my eyes tested and new lenses.

(On the bright side... when I phoned in, she said it would be $85 which isn't *that* bad.. I thought it was going to be $150+)

OTOH, with dentistry appointments, I'm actually always on time. >.>

prechrswife said...

I'm not good with those kinds of appointments, either. The kids get all of their well visits, etc. like clockwork, but me? No. I need to schedule my yearly appointment, but hubby and I haven't even found a regular doctor here, and we've lived here for 3 years. We just go to urgent care if we get sick. And, I know it has been over 10 years since I've been to the eye doctor.

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Gwen said...

Since I teach I always hold off my appts till summer (especially the stirrup one! ha!)
Anyway, my hubby (who is in his early 40s) got bifocals last year. It was pretty traumatic! At the time, I thought it was hilarious... but I'm sure it won't be much longer for me, either!

Julie C said...

I have some serious sensory issues myself and eyeballs are a BIG problem. I wear glasses as well and no one has EVER been able to get near me with a puff of air. I just went to the eye doctor last week because my prescript. has changed a lot recently too. My Dr has a new machine thingy that takes a picture of the back of your eye so they don't have to dialate you (good thing because they've never been able to do that to me either). It is not covered by insurance but it was the best $33 dollars I ever spent so they don't get near my eyes! Hahaha! Maybe this can help you out in the future too! BTW, for the glacoma test the doctor just feels my eyes through my closed eyelids.

The Source said...

Eeeew! I HATE the thing that blows air in your eyes. I don't like anyone messing with my eyeballs EVER. At all. No. No way.

So I um...have been to the eye doctor once before. That was enough.

Darling Daughter...wore bifocals at AGE THREE. Yep. She sure did. Wore them for three years. Lovely bubblegum pink ones.

Andrea said...

I go to an eye doctor that doesn't use the air puff test. They have an eye scanner, opti map, and you avoid the awful air puff!!

kitchu said...

1. what i'd GIVE to be 36 again.

2. my ophtho told me we need to switch to bifocal CONTACTS (?) probably by the next visit. in a year. and that since my eyes are so (insert word of choice) up, we can only do it for one eye.

meaning- i'll see blurry (a bit) out of one (with correction) and clear out of the other.

and i need to wear +1 reading glasses.

OLD. FART. that's me.

Kim' said...

No nagging WHATSOEVER from this corner! I just hit that stirrups appointment (shudder, cringe, shiver) this week for the first time in 3 years... 'cause, like you, I've started feeling all responsible.

Pace yourself, that's what I say... :)

Kiy said...

Oh wow, bifocals. I hate to say this, but I've been in bifocals for about 10 years now. And you do the math, but I am 11 years older than you. Yeah, the first time I heard the word I about jumped out of the chair and ran. But, I decided to be an adult (first time for everything!) and got them. I just don't usually tell anyone. Hurray for no-lines!

I too am (was) not supposed to wear them to read ... but no one told me! So your eye doc, deserves a kiss. Or a really nice smile. ;)

P.S. Good job on all the appointments. No fussing at you, bet I am worse about this kind of thing.

P.P.S. The fact that your referral is getting close enough for you to start working on these appointments ... is beyond awesome!

Rachel@just another day in paradise said...

I'm really not that vain, but the older I get. . .Resist. the. bifocals. Of course, I'm still telling people I'm 26. . .I'm really not that vain--seriously! (Or maybe it's that I didn't have a need to be until I got OLD!) : )

Anne said...

hahahahaa! bifocals. ha!

(and one more, for sheer meanspiritedness): HA!

=)

The Byrd's Nest said...

Oh how I love your blog.....I love to be able to relate to SOMEONE! Lottie gets so overwhelmed when I change my hair....I mean over the top with anxiety! Now, I don't do it very often but it is so nice to actually be able to relate to someone else and not hear this, "Well, you should not let her control so much of your life" Sigh.....

P.S. The dentist is not my favorite either:)

Football and Fried Rice said...

SNORT. Bifocals ;)

Janet said...

I am a doctor hater. Actually, I love my doctor, but I'm still terrified of her. So I totally get it.