Wednesday, August 27, 2014

new shades

Five years ago was the last time I had an appointment with my eye doctor. Until yesterday. A lot has changed- they use dry erase forms instead of paper ones and they take your blood pressure.

But they still have a row of machines that shine crazy lasers in your eyes and flash unbelievably bright lights at you. And then you get to the final machine where you need to push a button every time you see a white spot. Seriously? At that point ALL I was seeing was white spots. And blue spots.. red spots.. green spots. I think they should seriously consider rearranging the order of things.

The good news is I probably don't have glaucoma. Probably. The pictures they took 5 years ago look exactly the same.. so I'm safe. For now.

And although they tricked me into using their new fangled technology for an extra $25, instead of having my eyes dilated.. they want me to come back in order to have my eyes dilated. Blank stare..

My prescription changed so insignificantly that I couldn't tell which was better between the adjusted lenses in the machine and my own glasses.

I probably won't get new eye glasses, but I did go back again today, with Noah, to pick out some prescription sunglasses. I've worn glasses to some degree or another since I was in eighth grade.. I have never gotten sunglasses. (Very exciting stuff!) Noah had the greatest time trying things on himself and I couldn't believe how calm (and still) he was during the ordering process. [He is not a still child.. more like a here, let me climb the wall while you have your back turned for a split second child.) He sat in the swivel chair next to me quietly checking out the ceiling, the lady next to him, and other 2 year old interests.

I thought any second the woman next to Noah was going to say something to me, because she kept leaning forward and looking around the back of his chair, like she was trying to see what he was doing. I even smiled at her, when she briefly made eye contact with me.. giving her a window to say something if she wanted to. But she never did- just looked away. Thinking back, it seems weird that she didn't because she was being pretty obvious about it. I don't think she even smiled at him.. or said hello.

People that take that kind of interest/notice of your kids always say something. Anything. Even if its to comment 'how cute' they are or to ask how 'how old?' Even if its just something like 'he does really well with that [ipad]'.. leaving you with not much to say back other than 'oh I know, he loves it.' Maybe I should have told her to stop being nosy. I don't know..

People are so weird. That's why we have cell phones. And iPads. And whatever other things help us to pretend we don't notice other people noticing us.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

and then..

I've had pneumonia for two weeks. Probably longer, I just didn't realize it. After the first round of antibiotics, I was getting worse instead of better. (NOT, what one hopes to hear after getting a second xray, by the way.) After another round of new antibiotics .. I actually felt worse even though I was finally getting better.

The entire thing has been.. annoying.. I guess. I haven't ever felt horribly sick, mostly just out of energy and breath. Which, actually, is pretty unpleasant if you've never experienced it. It's totally different than what happens when exercising, etc. That kind of out of breath.. when you stop, slow down, etc.. you start breathing more regularly. With this.. it takes a long time. You sit and do nothing.. and even still it knocks the heck out of you for the entire day.

Just walking at a normal pace across the parking lot into the doctor's office.. I couldn't do it. I slowed way, way down.. and was still out of breath by the time I got inside. The first thing the doctor said  to me was "you look like you're in pain.. I saw you coming in."

So.. what do you think taking care of a 5 year old and a 2 year old all day is like when you have pneumonia and are constantly out of breath just in your own house? Unbelievably, my children have actually been fairly understanding about it all. Now. Now they are. If this had happened a year ago? I'd have probably been in the hospital by now.


Sunday, August 3, 2014

cough, cough.

I went to the doctor last week with a cough. I figured it would go something like.. "yup, you have a cough. maybe take some cough medicine..?" the end.

It went more like.. "your chest doesn't feel tight?" no, not really. "It doesn't hurt when you breath?" Not really. well, I mean, a little, but it just started today and I thought it was from coughing so much..? "Well I listened to your breathing and etc etc etc you must feel really miserable.."

But then I had a chest x-ray and had my blood drawn. Then I saw the doctor again, who told me I seemed to have pneumonia. Which I didn't see coming.

So now I'm taking drugs for a week, including cough syrup with codeine in it. It is not unpleasant.

I can't remember if I was told to rest or not. (I honestly don't remember hearing it, but, looking back, I think I was also in a bit of a pneumonia confusion haze at the office.) I know I wrote my occupation as "stay at home parent".. so maybe the doctor figured she wouldn't even bother telling me to rest.

Which is just as well, because there hasn't been a whole ton of rest going on. I did get to take a nap one afternoon, so that was nice. But the laundry and dishes still haven't figured out how to do themselves yet. (Which is annoying, to say the least.)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

what we did

1. Donut cloud
2. Shoe thief
3. Lily's birds
4. Busy bee
5. New Doctor Who is coming! New Doctor Who is coming! August 23.
6. We went to the circus. It was free and Noah actually sat through almost all of it.
7. Peach green tea lemonade or whatever it's called is back. And still delicious.
8. I took Lily and Noah to see the fireworks. And tried to take pictures while holding onto a toddler that wanted absolutely no part of watching fireworks.
9. I finally grew a sunflower. And then one windy day it snapped. Which just ended up being a good reason to bring it inside.
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