Saturday, January 16, 2010

Dilated Pupils

We saw the eye doctor today to get a prescription for [ta da!] those bifocals I didn't want to succumb to several years ago. Boy, it was the most fun I've ever had at the ophthalmologist! Gary and I spent time in the waiting room with friends who were also there -- lots of laughing and telling stories and having a grand ol' time!

We came out of the building and saw the piles of snow at the edges of the parking lot. Radiant piles of snow. Never saw such shiny, glowing snow! As Gary-of-the-undilated-pupils drove us home, I commented on the fact that my eyes are dilated on such a nice sunny day when I could otherwise have been out soaking up the rays. His response? A perplexed, "Sunny????" Oh.

So, I guess I've found an answer for the lack of sunshine that afflicts us in the north. All you have to do is break into the eye doctor's office, steal bottles of dilating drops, and open up your pupils to the light that's there, and let it stream into your head in humongo doses. Easy as pie! (Shhh, let's not talk about cataracts or macular degeneration.)

And you know what else nice happened today? I saw the new Woodmans being built. I saw the sign on the highway. I saw the concrete front wall that has been erected. Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! Woodmans is getting closer to being opened!!!! (Okay, so they need three more walls and a roof before they can even begin electrical work or plumbing or finishing or building a parking lot. Still -- "open" is closer than it was! Let us rejoice and be glad!)


  1. So which kind of bifocal did you decide on?

  2. I haven't ordered glasses yet. I'll have to do that when I get back from Fort Wayne. But after talking to the doctor, I think I'm going to go for the no-line. When I was interrogating him about the differences, he said that no-line are easier than lined after you get used to them, but that the adjustment time is probably longer and harder with the no-line.

    I just keep remembering when Katie got her prosthesis and the occupational therapy to learn to use it was too hard. It was easier to stick with the well-used procedures and not expend the effort to learn a new way to work a "hand." So if I get no-line, I think I'm going to have to convince myself that I'm going to have a hard-to-endure adjustment period, hide my other glasses, and just wear the new ones until my eyes and brain learn to work the bifocals. Once I learn it, then I'll be able to go back to using the reading glasses for certain tasks, and the regular glasses for driving or watching movies. But till then, I'm going to have to be harsh with myself and wear only the no-line, even if they do make me sick to my stomach.

  3. ...when I get back from Fort Wayne...

    You're going to FW?! This week! Yippee! Goodie, goodie, goodie!!

    (I'll be there too)

  4. Sandy, I didn't sign up for symposium, so I won't be over at Sihler (or wherever it is this year). I'll be spending my days downstairs in Loehe, near the bookstore. It will be GOOD to see you!

    Oh, and I have the sweater you gave us for Maggie -- the American Girls one from Meg. Maggie has outgrown it. I didn't want to take it to Goodwill. I figured Monica or Cecilia or somebody over there could use it for a while until Sita grows into it. :-)

  5. YAY! for the Woodmans. Now, if we could just snag a Trader Joes down here by me...