Wednesday, February 8, 2012

An eye opener

Click HERE to read an interview with me conducted by Diana Davis, posted on line at Walrus Publishing. Please leave a comment on their site. Thanks.

I had an eye-opening experience. Generally I postpone the medically inevitable as long as possible. The obstetrician can attest. Both of my kids were two weeks overdue!

I visit the doctor and dentist regularly, and I have my annual mammy-whammy, but I would prefer not to have to go at all. If something bad is going to happen, like a blown tooth or gallbladder gasket, I figure it will happen to me. What I really figure is no news is good news. I procrastinate.

My last optometrist appointment was in August.
2005. Yeah-yeah-yeah, I know. I have made do with reading glasses, but of late they just weren't "doing" their thing. No matter how much I squinted or how I positioned the glasses, I couldn't read that dang Taco Bell menu. Then I had these lightning strikes in my left eye last month, which warranted an emergency visit to an opthalmologist, who gave me an all clear, but left me with a few words of wisdom, "If you want to pass your next driver's exam, you might want to consider glasses."

I didn't tell her I had been considering them for five years. No longer able to postpone the inevitable, I had my vision exam.

The optometrist had an air about him, a very pleasant air. He was friendly, and we chatted like "old home week". We're nearly neighbors, and I am sure that we have acquaintances in common, but if we had started name dropping, we'd have been in that little dark room a little too long and folks in the waiting room may have wondered.

He made me see the light, as well as the fine print. It was a delightful 20/20 experience.

Angie and Rick, (not college students, but adult office staff, who acted like college students) made my experience even more fun. How often do you go for a medical exam and leave the office butt gusting...I mean gut busting?

Angie and Rick bantered like siblings.

"She treats me like I'm twelve!"

"Yes, I felt terrible Monday when I called in sick. I texted him constantly and in between questions, I told him what to do, BREATHE."

Poor Rick, I was there Monday. I felt bad for him. The office was understaffed and people were harping in his right ear, left ear, in his face, at the back of his head, texting, tugging ... it was taking a toll on him. He loooked as if he could have pulled out a taser and zapped a few folks. So, instead of waiting around on Monday for an appointment, I postponed it to today.

The office was under control this afternoon; there were only two patients in the waiting room, and Rick seemed relaxed. Angie, dressed in lace and finery, had it under control.

Rick robbed me, I mean, sold me a fine pair of rhinestone studded glasses and jacked up, I mean, reduced the price. He also kept the one liners coming faster than Robin Williams.

All I can say is I have never had as much fun in a doctor's office, except that one time...oh well, never mind.

Seriously, if you are looking for a new pair of specs or contacts, I highly recommend Sears Optical at South County. I left there in stitches. The good kind.


Sioux Roslawski said...

I think Bill will continue to make passes at a certain lass who wears glasses...

Kim Lehnhoff said...

Rhinestone studded? You'll be ready for your closeup, blinged out like that!

Happy good vision once again!

The word verification was 'SLECHIC' - I think they meant 'SHE CHIC'!

DeanO said...

Any good experience from any Dr's. office is a good thing. See what i mean!

jabblog said...

Sounds good. I was told that I am barely legal to drive - visually, that is - so I make sure I wear my long distance glasses now.

Lynn said...

I'm glad you can see the light! And to have fun on top of it makes it all the better!

BB said...

My last eye appointment was in Sept. 2007 so I don't feel guilty anymore. You have me beat. The glasses just aren't cutting it anymore and the headaches are recurring. Guess I have to go. Darn! Great post and great interview.

Kathy's Klothesline said...

I have my favorite shop in Troy. Barb is a magician with mangled frames and the optomitrist is very thorough. It is a bit of a drive for me ....... but, Barb is out nearly every weekend to camp and will pick up and deliver and even bring her tools to work on my frames. The dog pound puppy, Toni, has an eye fetish .....

Debora said...

There are lots of things that are over-rated, but being able to see is not one of them. I'm glad I have spectacles when it's time to read the dosage on the prescription bottle, or when I'm reading the instructions on how to assemble something.
Glad you had a positive experience.

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

You're lucky to have found a doc who makes the experience pleasant. I'm due for a trip to the eye doctor's been 4 years, so I know it's time. But, geez!

Val said...

Think of how much fun you would have had if you'd mistaken THAT office for your mammogram appointment!

Janet, said...

Glad you finally went! I should go every year, but I usually go every 2 years for my eye exam. I still have the same glasses I've had for years, though, I just can't seem to decide on what frames I want, so I just keep the ones I have. I don't mind going, we met our eye doctor the year Charley and I married and moved to Ripley. He was a neighbor to us and had just started his practice. We are good friends and it is like a friendly 'catch-up' on things when we have our appt.