Thursday, January 24, 2013

Eye Exam....I Don't Want to Mess Up That Test!

Do you realize we only have one week left in January?  How are you feeling about the goals you have set for yourself this year?  I am feeling encouraged.

Today, I started thinking about February.  What will my February Quest be?  I have some ideas swirling in my head, and I haven't decided exactly how I will narrow them down yet, but I will give you a hint:  love.  My February Quest will definitely have something to do with love....
Having said that, I still have a whole week left to focus on my January Quests and I did that today. 
Thankfully, I must have slept better in the Hug Bed last night, because I woke up, a bit too early in my opinion, but rested and ready to face the day.  Which helps a great deal when exercising in the morning. 
Once I had a little quiet morning time with the Twins and God, I was ready to head downstairs and hit the treadmill.  I lifted my hand weights first and then walked (at a bit faster pace) two miles on the treadmill.
You may remember me saying at the beginning of this Quest that I planned to change my exercise routine from time to time.  Even though that was the plan, I have been feeling fairly successful with the treadmill and weights and decided to stick with them the rest of this month.

In thinking about what to write today, I wanted to share with you something funny - at least it was to me.  So, using another phrase we love (borrowed from the Gourmet Hostess), "Here's a Funny":
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Yesterday was my yearly eye exam.  I have worn glasses or contacts since I was in the 5th grade, so I've had many years of eye exams and several different optometrists.  And yet...each exam has pretty much been the same routine for some 30+ years.
My first concern when I get there is always the eye puffer test.  Oh how I hate that test!  It's a necessary glaucoma test, but it is one of the most difficult parts of an eye exam for me.  How may times have I had to redo that test?  After years of struggling to keep my eye open during the puff, finally, a few years ago, a doctor told me to actually hold my eye open with my fingers.  Wow.  What a difference that made. 

So, that is what I did yesterday.  Yes, I am a grown woman, and yes, I have to hold my eye open for the eye puffer test.  And even then, I still jump every time.  Ugh.  Thankfully, my new eye doctor had a new faster machine and they were able to do the test on the first try - both eyes.  Come to think of it...that might have been a first for me.

After surviving the eye puffer test, the actual eye exam began.  This is where I start struggling with the giggles.  I totally blame comedian Brian Regan.  Several years ago we discovered his routine on the eye exam and it comes back to haunt me every time.  It is a great routine that nails the funny parts of an eye exam. 

So there I am sitting in the chair as the eye doctor puts the giant "glasses" up to my face and starts the "which is more clear #1 or #2?" phase.  In my mind, I can see Brian doing his routine as I try to decide which one I like better.  {giggle} "I don't want to mess this test up...."

Next comes the part where the doctor slides his chair up uncomfortably close and shines the very bright light into my eye.  Again, I hear Brian's routine in my head "Wanna a Tic Tac?" {giggle}

Then the best part of the entire exam comes when the doctor actually says this to me: "Did you know that you have a tiny bump on the edge of your eye?" {almost lose it, but manage to suppress the giggle} He continues, "I don't think it's anything to worry about."  {giggle}  I so badly want to say to him, "Do you just want me to feel self-conscious for the rest of my life?"

As we wrap the visit up, my doctor mentions that I am hitting the age where I am showing the early signs of Presbyopia.  If you are too young to know what that is, basically I'm getting older and going to have trouble reading and focusing on objects up close.  At some point, although I am not there yet, I might have to consider bifocal contacts or glasses. 

As I drove home, I could finally laugh.  All I could think about was Brian and his trifocals routine "Is that a book,  Is that a plane?  Is that a comet?"

Sometimes you just have to enjoy the Funny in your day.

1 comment:

  1. We love that Brian Regan clip! I actually sent it to my brother-in-law, who is an optometrist...cracks me up every time! We just love Brian Regan. My son's best friend can recite almost every word of his shows, and I laugh so hard that I cry! (ie: the blank-inside cards...haha!) :-D


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