Okay, I can breathe again.
Calvin and I went to the optometrist yesterday afternoon – I had a 4:15 appointment, he had a 4:45. He’s been needing new glasses for a while, and I’ve had to be all Squinty McSquinterson at the PC lately. Plus the OH SO ACCURATE eye exam during my physical revealed that my eyesight had deteriorated to 20/30, instead of the 20/20 I had enjoyed for the first 33+ years of my life.
So, I made the appointment. I did the peripheral vision exam, read the chart, stuck my face in the optics machine and answered the doc’s questions as he fiddled with lenses – “One, or two?” “Two.” “Three, or four?” “Three.” “Better, or worse?” “They look the same. Is that a trick question?” I had the topical anesthetic drops, and had my eyes poked. It’s funny how the doctor didn’t mention that he’d be actually TOUCHING my eyes (pressure test), though I knew what was going on from previous eye exam experience. He just said, “Focus on the blue light, and try not to blink.” I complimented him on his technique afterwards, telling him it was probably a good idea not to mention the whole TOUCHING thing so as not to freak people out. He said, “Most patients aren’t smart enough to even know the difference, but you are!”
Fast forward twenty minutes later, when I marvelled at the doc’s savvy to Calvin, and he was all, “He TOUCHED my EYES?!?”
Anyway. Turns out I still have 20/20 vision, but the doc gave me a very mild prescription to help with my focus issues. Calvin ended up needing a light progressive lens. We both picked out frames, and the final bill AFTER insurance deductions came to $685.00.
THAT’S when I stopped breathing.
We put $350 down, and the rest is to be paid in 7-10 days when we pick up our glasses. That, my friends, was a chunk of change I wasn’t anticipating on spending right at this very second. So I spent the next two hours doing mental math, and had a fun little anxiety attack. Which persisted until just about fifteen minutes ago, when I finished balancing the checkbook and came to the conclusion that yes, things are rather tight this month, but we’ll come out the other side of it with our goals still intact.
As usual, when it came to money, I flipped out over nothing. But, boy I tell ya, nothing ramps me up quicker than unanticipated expenditures. I mean, yeah, I knew we were getting eye exams, but in the 10+ years since I’ve bought glasses, things seem to have gotten FLIPPING expensive.
So, I’ve got to pay the other half of our glasses. Plus, Calvin’s got a dentist appointment next week and needs a crown replaced (poor guy), which will probably run us around $500. AND the lawn guy is coming to remedy our much-neglected back yard, which will be another $200. Man, when it rains, it pours.
But still! We’ll be okay. I don’t know why I always forget that, but it’s always true.