Three weeks ago yesterday, I had what I consider to be a tragedy in my life–my glasses broke!! I am very dependent upon my glasses….cannot see a thing without them.
Considering that I’ve worn glasses since the age of 5, you would think that I would have smartened up a little and have a back up pair. But do I? Of course not!!
So, back to the story….my glasses broke while I was at work–just broke right in half….
Now, my glasses are not the inexpensive variety….my last pair cost slightly over $400…and these were from the giant, best bet for your money store that starts with a “W”…
There I am….at work, unable to see, unable to work….how am I even going to drive home?
I know when I was a child I went through at least 2 pair of glasses within a year. My mom would practically cry (and yes, sometimes she actually did cry) when I would come in from outside with my glasses in two pieces. I know exactly how she felt….
So, what to do? Someone at my work ran up to the local dollar store and bought some super glue. That should work!! This stuff glues everything!! Right?? Wrong—super glue did not hold my glasses together–even after letting them sit and the glue hardened.
Oh, I’m thinking and calculating in my head–how am I going to pay for these? I don’t have extra funds just sitting around waiting to be doled out for this……a necessity that I am not prepared for…
A coworker recommended that I go to an eye doctor up the road–see if they can help you, she says.
Into the car…holding the glasses together with one hand and driving with the other. Oh, wow!! They can take my old lenses and put them in a new frame!! A good, temporary fix because I really am due for an eye exam. While I am there for the fix up job, I make an appointment to have this done, and walk out with my “new-old” spectacles!!
Back for my exam where I hear the bad news…..I have early cataracts forming…..my eye pressures have greatly increased since my last exam and I am now considered a “glaucoma suspect”. I need to come back for further testing, they say.
But, in the meantime, I still need new glasses to replace the “new-old” pair since my prescription has changed. Back to the “how am I going to pay for this” mode….
As I’m picking out my new frames–a very difficult job–after all these will be on my face every moment of my life for the next year or so–I discover through some very astute questions by their employee that this place has a payroll deduction plan to help pay for these!!
Joy of joy!!
But, I still have that other testing to go through to discover exactly what is going on with my eyes. I need to go to their Harrisburg office to have this done since all of the equipment is not in their satellite office.
Yesterday, I left work early….drove to Harrisburg (not too far)…..and had all of this testing done–eyes dilated….bright, shiny lights looking far into my eyeball…..actual pictures of my eye–which kind of looked like the sun setting on a hot day with some red (veins and arteries) running through it.
And, I received some good news!! Even though my pressures have increased, my eyes themselves have not had many internal changes…..still a “glaucoma suspect” and not full out glaucoma—and the cataracts have not changed much at all.
While I was there having my testing done, my new glasses were just then finished and sent from the lab….walked out with good news, new glasses, and the old back up pair (just in case!) without too much of a pinch to my purse….into the sunshine for a very difficult drive home with dilated pupils!!
The blessings are continuing:
14. So many stars in the very clear early mornings we’ve had for the past few days
15. No rain in the forecast until the end of the week!!
16. Purple and yellow irises in a vase
17. The above story, of course!! Sight….how much we depend upon our vision
18. A son who cuts my lawn….even came back the next day because he thought it looked
“clumpy” and did some touch up work
19. God’s protection over my home and me at all times
20. Brilliant red cardinal landing on my deck railing for just a fleeting second
21. Children who love me despite my failings (and this goes both ways!!)
22. Crawling into bed after a long day with wonderfully good smelling sheets
See you tomorrow!!