Friday, September 14, 2018

Eye Exam on Friday

I called my cousin N in the morning to verify that she was able to accompany me to the eye doctor's today (just in case some emergency took place overnight and she wasn't able to make it) and was assured that she will be coming.  A short while later, aunt C called to tell me that cousin was on her way.  She came over a little after 9:00 a.m. and tapped at my door just as aunt called to ask if she had arrived!  LOL.  I assured her that cousin had just arrived.  In fact, cousin was early!  A few minutes later, as we sat in traffic, I was glad that cousin had arrived early and we had left a bit earlier than planned!  We arrived at the clinic in good time, however, and I was called in before I could finish filling out the various forms they handed me to complete! 

The eye examination went well.  My eyes were dilated and I was told the cataracts were "negligible", there was no evidence of retinopathy or macula degeneration, which was all good.  However, the pressure in one eye was slightly elevated; not yet glaucoma, but the doctor was concerned enough to want to see me again in 6 months' time, rather than the routine one year.  He also wanted me to do a peripheral vision field test at another facility - I was told they will call and schedule it and I will be notified within one month.  If I don't hear from them in one month, I am to call the number I was given. 

Since this was an eye examination to check on the health of my eyes, it didn't result in new glasses.  I need to schedule an appointment for a vision test for new glasses with the optometrist.  I will call and schedule that, next week!

Cousin drove me back home, for which I was very grateful.  On the way home, I asked her to stop at my favorite Japanese fast food place and I bought teriyaki chicken rice bowls, using two buy-one-get-one-free coupons.  Cousin was telling me she didn't want any rice bowls, just as I knew she would say, but I ignored her!  She asked me if I heard what she said and I said, "No".  She accused me of having selective hearing!  LOL!  While they were getting the order ready, I went to the smaller Armenian grocery store next door to buy two loaves of bread ($1.50@).  Then, we picked up the rice bowls (came to $13.56 with tax).

When we came home, I gave cousin three of the rice bowls and one loaf of bread to take back with her.  She protested, but I insisted; she can share with her mother, her husband, and her cousin who is visiting.  It was the least I could have done.  She rescheduled (or cancelled) all the students she would have had this morning to make time to take me to the doctor's, she won't let me reimburse her for the gas to drive back and forth from her house to mine, or accept anything for her time.  She has been a blessing to me!

After she left, I called her mother, aunt C, to let her know that cousin was on her way.  I didn't mention the rice or the bread.  Aunt called about an hour, later, to thank me for the rice bowls and the bread. 

I ate some of my rice bowl, emailed daughter to update her on the eye exam results, and took a nap. 

Friend M came over a bit later to do the garden.  Friend R called to check on me and we chatted for a bit.  I also received a reply to my email from my niece in North Carolina, saying she, her husband, and their two children were OK, they had lost power for several hours but power was back on and she hoped they won't lose power again over the weekend.

I decided not to go to the temple for meditation this evening, after all.  Instead, I relaxed and played the piano for a little bit (just playing by ear, for the most part).  I ate some of the bread for dinner, with fish curry.

Today, I am grateful for:
- Cousin N accompanying me to the doctor's and driving me back
- The eye exam went well and my eyes are OK for the most part
- I will be given further eye exams and care, as needed
- Medical insurance
- An afternoon nap

Friday's To Do List:
- Go to my eye appointment - DONE
- Put gas to the car (can do Saturday morning, too, before going to the prayer gathering) - Will do Saturday
- Start on the paperwork - Didn't start!  Procrastinating!
- Clean the litter box - DONE
- Attend meditation session? (depending on how I feel) - Didn't go

Saturday's To Do List:
- Put gas to the car
- Attend the prayer gathering and give a ride to aunt T, cousins P and V, and friend F
- Start on the paperwork

How was your Friday?  What are your plans for the weekend? 


  1. I am not sure why your daughter is concerned about you withdrawing into a solitary life. Today's post is a reminder of how you are tied to family and friends in all aspects of your days. People are checking in on you and you in turn reach out with concern to keep in touch with them.

    Glad to see that you are getting all your medical appointments looked after now. They can keep monitoring you and look after any changes they find in future. Health is wealth. Anyways, we know your eyes are relatively healthy; but it sounds as though your cousin is more than a little concerned about your "selective hearing". Maybe you need to have your ears checked out?? Haha.

    1. My daughter knows that I am not exactly a social butterfly; she knows I am quite happy with my own company for the most part. But she's afraid that I might get lonely and mope around the house without a job and depend on her for company!

      Yes, I think, the next time I go to my primary care doctor, I will ask her to check out my ears! LOL!

      Hope you are having a lovely weekend, Susan.

  2. Your cousin sounds like a very nice person.

    Remember you posted about making chickpeas? That photo made me want chickpeas so the other day I made Sri Lankan style chickpeas. :)

    1. She is a very nice person, Nil. We are 2nd cousins - my father and her father were 1st cousins (their mothers were sisters). She's barely 4 months younger than me, but addresses me as akka and I call her nangi. :)

      Oh, I am glad you were able to make some chickpeas for yourself. :)

  3. May God bless your eyes with perfect health and your family with all they need in Jesus' name!
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

    1. Thank you, Laura, for your healing prayers. I appreciate them very much.


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