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The surgery scheduler at Laurel's ophthalmologist found an opening next week, so we have a preoperative appointment after school on Tuesday and she's scheduled for surgery on Friday, the day after the end of the school year. (The eye muscle surgery should be covered by our new insurance. They'll let us know if it's not and we can reschedule for later this year.) Keep your fingers crossed for her to have binocular vision soon!

Vogon also wanted me to make LASIK screening appointments for the two of us (i.e., him and I; Laurel actually has 20/20 vision in each eye), but their first open time is Monday afternoon so I'd have to find someone to pick up Laurel at school and watch her for about an hour afterward if I want to do that. I've left a voicemail for the teacher that supervises the after-school program at Laurel's school in hopes we can pay for her to attend just Monday afternoon, but if that's a no-go I guess I'll just pass on that. No big deal, since I've worn glasses for over half my life anyway.


may_lyn asked about some of the things I've used the Magic Eraser to clean. Here's what I've done with the first one from the several I bought yesterday:
- cleaned Laurel's sneakers, sandals and dress shoes
- wiped spots off the major kitchen appliances and the wall behind the trash can
- wiped down the front of the kitchen cabinets
- wiped marks off the flat paint in several rooms
- wiped down the light switch plates in several rooms
- got a lot of grime off our front door, especially around the handles and bottom edge of the door
- cleaned the grime that sticks to the top of the baseboards in the master bathroom
- tried it on a candle wax stain on the toilet seat lid without success, but got the same stain off the floor (we used to have a large candle in a footed holder on top of the toilet tank, but it took a header a few times and left marks where it came in contact with surfaces on its fall)


Something about lunch made Vogon sleepy and my repeated verbal attempts to wake him up when it was time to pick up Laurel were unsuccessful, so I put on my lace-up shoes and started walking twenty minutes before school got out. Even with relatively low (20%) humidity, I sweat like the Mexican I am walking at a quick pace in 95 degree (35°C) heat.

Partway down the long stretch between the two-lane divided street bisecting our neighborhood and the six-lane road crossing between us and the school, a mother of a first-grader stopped and offered me a ride the rest of the way, kindly giving me a few minutes to wait in the shade before the end of the school day. While waiting, I tried Vogon's cell phone and the house line to let him know I'd gotten to the school but would really appreciate a ride home. Just after Laurel's class came outside, I saw our neighbor and asked if we could get a ride home with her, so we had some more rest in the shade before going home in an air-conditioned car on a day I could really appreciate it!


On Tuesday night as I was tuning in for the start of House, Dad called me and said "We're at the corner of 18th and California, walking toward Welton. How do I get to The Paramount from here?". Instead of replying with something witty about the same way you get to Carnegie Hall, I turned to Google Maps and reassured him he was going in the right direction, but also needed to head south to get to 16th and Glenarm.


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May. 19th, 2006 01:59 am (UTC)
but but your glasses are so cute!
May. 19th, 2006 02:07 am (UTC)
All cute geek girls should wear glasses!
May. 19th, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I'm okay with how my glasses look, but they fall off when I look down. My next frames are not going to be plastic!
May. 19th, 2006 02:38 am (UTC)
Lasik was absolutely the best thing I EVER did for myself. I HOPE you get to.
May. 19th, 2006 05:42 am (UTC)
I'm pretty neutral on having my vision surgically corrected. I don't like the idea of having surgery on my eyes, but I figure it can't hurt much more than when I tried wearing contacts. (After a couple of weeks of spending half an hour poking myself in the eyes every morning and losing a contact lens every few days, I went back to glasses.)

It also seems expensive compared to my habit of going to someplace offering a 2 for $100 glasses deal for an eye exam and glasses every 2-3 years or when my old glasses break, but Vogon says his FSA should cover all the costs and that I'll never forgive myself if I don't get it done when I have the chance.

If I can figure out a childcare arrangement to make the screening and I'm a good candidate for the procedure, I don't really have anything to lose by trying it so I might as well. But there are a lot of better things I could think of to use that money on if it weren't tied up in a health FSA.
May. 20th, 2006 01:09 am (UTC)
Seriously, I never thought about Lasik. I was too freaked out about being blinded. Then, I took my mom for cataract surgery and saw the advertisements and thought how great it would be to be able to see.

I went in for surgery, came out and already could tell I could see better. Went home and rested for the night. The next day I had 20/15 vision and went to the movies to watch Garfield. I feel less vulnerable, I can see the time no matter where the clock is located. I know that the shadows in my doorway and at the foot of my bed when I'm sleeping ARE in fact MY children. I can work out without messing around with contacts. I have a sense of freedom I never had before.

I got lots of compliments in my glasses and I think lots of people look great in them but NOW I just wonder why they don't get their eyes fixed. I paid $300 extra per eye to have the 'slice' done entirely with a laser because it's more precise. I believe the amount that you pay for surgery will be less than what you pay for glasses, exams and contacts over a lifetime. Again, the best thing I EVER did for myself.
May. 22nd, 2006 11:01 am (UTC)
I paid $300 extra per eye to have the 'slice' done entirely with a laser because it's more precise.

*nods* That's what Vogon prefers too.

I believe the amount that you pay for surgery will be less than what you pay for glasses, exams and contacts over a lifetime. Again, the best thing I EVER did for myself.

I wear cheap glasses and usually go with providers that offer a free exame with purchase of glasses, so I'm not sure how much it would save me over a lifetime. Something to fix my sinuses would probably be more cost-saving over time, but Vogon's health FSA funds are gone at the end of each year if they aren't used and he'd really like me to get my vision corrected so I'm happy to find out whether I'm a good candidate for LASIK. If I am, I hope to have as great results as you've had!
May. 22nd, 2006 04:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, I understand about wanting your sinuses fixed as well! Nothing like THAT hassle, I'm sure. Breathing is important! ;)
May. 19th, 2006 03:20 am (UTC)
Hi there, I read your journal via gamahucheur's friend page.

He and I, when discussing LASIK, reached the conclusion that if and when the technology advanced to become even less invasive we would both want to get it. But while neither of us like needing glasses, both of us also think we'll keep wearing them most of time. Personally, it would be hard to part with such a an integral aspect of my "look".

Also, I just love those "magic erasers". When I found a group of vintage Barbie type dolls recently, I discovered that they remove all the smudges that build up on them over years of being played with. The dolls look good as new with just a little water and scrubbing.
May. 19th, 2006 04:11 am (UTC)
As the_mock_turtle notes above, she and I are putting-off Lasik until the procedure that leaves the corneal surface intact is readily available and relatively inexpensive. I hope that you and vogonpoet will consider similar delay. That latest technology is awfully close to ideal, whereäs disruption of the corneal surface can leave the eye permanently more vulnerable.
May. 19th, 2006 05:02 am (UTC)
My vision is soooooooo bad. I wear contacts. I have always been interested in Lasik, but with my luck I would be that one person to whom the procedure would go awry and I'd be blinded. I am so petrified about blindess...take my limbs, even my hearing, but my sight?
May. 19th, 2006 11:46 am (UTC)
I asked about LASIK and it turns out my vision's too bad for it, heh. It's one of those things where I wouldn't be adverse to it, but I know that for deathwardegg, it didn't turn out so well. So on that hand, he's pretty good about what can go wrong with LASIK. But, of course, that's not a real common thing, so... yeah.
May. 19th, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC)
I suspect my vision is too bad to be a good candidate either, but I won't know without the free screening.

Bizarrely, I'm much more concerned about things going wrong if I were to have sinus surgery. My latest relative to go through that had bleeding complications so they sewed her back up full of packing and scheduled another surgery date. When she told me that, I had nightmares for days -- the only thing worse than feeling like my head is full of wet concrete would be having my head full of packing.
May. 19th, 2006 10:04 pm (UTC)
Have you had sinus surgery before (can't recall -- thinkni' no)? It's actually not too awfully bad; I've had... three? Granted, none of them have gone wrong (or, rather, at least not in the sense of real wrong like that). The packing doesn't honestly feel tooo bad -- it basically, at least for me, felt like I basically normally did, only more-so, but also on hella pain pills. (Remember when I was watchin' Duckman on the wall and halluciniating all sorts of TV shows and stuff? That was then! That was AWESOME) So it worked out. The one weird thing is when they remove the packing -- they go through the nostril (well, kinda have to, I suppose), and it feels really.... weird. In a way, it's sort of unpleasant, but in a way, you kind of like it because a) Your sinuses finally feel clear for the first time in your life and b) The actual removal is sort of like the "why are you hitting your hand with a hammer" joke. Only, of course, not NEARLY as bad as that. More like a weird tickling.

Anyway, though, if you ever want to know more, feel free to ask, I've, y'know, had a bunch. Including a Caldwell Lock (sp?) where they actually go through my upper lip and removed a little bit of bone to get to the sinuses and then put it back! It was weird not having any gum there for a little while.
May. 22nd, 2006 12:05 am (UTC)
I haven't had sinus surgery, though it was first strongly recommended to me in 1999. I'm interested in the relatively new laser procedure that reduces the size of the nasal turbinates (ergo swelling), but I'm pretty sure it's an elective procedure so I hope that Vogon will earmark some of his FSA funds for it someday.

Were you the one that told me about the guy that came up too fast from SCUBA diving and his sinuses did something gross but he felt better? I think the oddest non-surgery sinus relief story I've heard was from a college classmate that told me about a neighbor of hers that got shot (presumably from a good distance) in the face with a 22 and his sinuses stopped it.
May. 22nd, 2006 01:04 am (UTC)
Heh -- yeah -- they _exploded_. But then he felt better But that's actually what sinuses are for (not the exploding part, but the stopping the shot-ness); they're there to lessen impacts and what not. I asked my sinus doctor once, because as far as I could tell, it basically seemed like they were holes for getting infected and causing misery. But they actually do have a use after all!
May. 19th, 2006 06:02 pm (UTC)
thanks for the ideas! (you're appreciated, honey!)
oh, man, walking in this heat just seems so...dreadful. as in, i dread the idea. this past 2 weeks we tried to be out only in the early morning, and rested, or stayed in nice air conditioned cars in the afternoon. the whole idea being relapse is bad, remission is good. but you had to do what you had to do. good mommy. tired and hot, yeah, but very good. (i spent the kids' childhoods with no air conditioner, and lots of driving. still beats walking, though.)
May. 22nd, 2006 11:03 am (UTC)
When I had to walk again on Friday, it was much more tolerable with cold water (Thursday's water was room temperature) and a wide-brimmed hat.

I can hardly imagine living someplace even warmer than here like you do!
May. 22nd, 2006 04:57 pm (UTC)
mornings are our friends. hlwoods and i went out in the mornings only. and, with my health, i do have to be careful.

you be careful, too, you have lots of people depending on you. *hugs*
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