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08:28 pm: Not Cataracts, Dry
Okay, bad pun!

I finished online early last night and hurt enough that I took pain meds and slept in the recliner from 7:30pm-12:30am. I decided to do some beading instead of reading old newspapers and then went to bed. I woke up at 9:30am, even though the alarm was set for 11:30am, and thought I'd go back to sleep, but when I was still awake at 10am, I got up. This let me read one old newspaper before I left for the opthalmologist appointment. (The cat feeding happened as yesterday, and maybe that's what it will be.)

My eyes got dilated (and still are, a bit, it's never lasted this long before) and he looked carefully. He said the cataracts are not ready to come out, in fact they're not much worse than last year. The reason I'm seeing fuzzy is that my eyes are dry, and this is with as much OTC stuff as I can use. He said I can try another OTC drop which is thicker but doesn't last as long or he could order Restasis which is $100/month. I'd only pay $25/month until it dropped me into the Medicare Plan D donut hole in about November and then I'd have to pay actual cost for everything. So I'm going to try the other drops first, and hope that warmer weather will help with the dryness, too.

I stopped at Internal Medicine to weigh on the electronic scale and I'm at 313. This is 45 pounds in 14.5 months, so I've already lost March's pounds. Just as well, the Minicon hotel has limited food choices and I will be eating more than usual.

I had the drop-in sunglasses and decided I was seeing well enough to go eat at Red Robin -- the pot roast "burger" and iced tea, as usual, and then came home in Friday evening rush hour. I'd read another old paper while waiting at the doctor's and the restaurant, so I don't feel so bad about beading last night. I signed on long enough to answer email, but I was still sufficiently dilated that it would have taken me forever to get through other things. I watched Law & Order from Wednesday and beaded. I'm only using two beads right now, with a set pattern, and really different colors, so I don't have to see them clearly. By the time I finished the show, I was ready for online.

Tomorrow I have bookgroup, so a late post again.

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Date:March 15th, 2008 02:59 am (UTC)
Sorry about the eyes and the eye drops. I hope the new ones work for you.
Your paper reading reminds me very much of my father. He always had a stack of "must reads" and worked his way through them conscientiously. I'm much more haphazard about that, but, then again, there's TV and the internet for news.
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Date:March 15th, 2008 03:29 am (UTC)
And I'll have five to read when I get home from Minicon! I really skim the front section because that's mostly big news I've already heard. But I like the local news and columns and the comics and such.

But I've decided to take several old newspapers in my carryon and several more in the checked bag, so I should be able to do some catching up while on planes and waiting for planes and resting at the con. I never take beading, it's too hard to do in that environment, so I take crochet.
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