When you find yourself wondering if you brought enough ammo, the meeting isn’t going well.

I learned that lesson from my career in business. Which may help explain why that went so badly. :)

They wanted to schedule at least two more eye appointments between today and eye surgery. I put my foot down, rather more loudly than I would have preferred but without profanity. “Please stop doing that” isn’t profanity, even if the decibel level was rather high. I have a 100+-mile round trip for every visit, and neighbors have to drop what they’re doing to bring me. Enough, already. Why can’t you do your tests while I’m here – and already blinded by those damned dilating drops?

Also I was put out by their trying to add $950 to the tab (per eye!) at the last minute for special lenses that would have eliminated glasses for distance viewing. They could have mentioned that at the beginning, as I specifically asked them to. Screw that, I’ve worn glasses since the first grade. Boo Frickin’ Hoo. Get on with it!

Rather to my surprise they agreed to do it my way, and my first eye operation is scheduled for next week on the ninth.

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10 Responses to When you find yourself wondering if you brought enough ammo, the meeting isn’t going well.

  1. Doubletrouble says:

    Pleased to hear it’s actually going to happen.

  2. Da Tinman says:

    Right on Dude! Great news!

    Now you’ll have to find another excuse for not hitting the target…….

  3. muddome says:

    Congratulations! Does this mean there will be a new sidebar poster coming?

  4. Claire says:

    Yeah, really glad you put your foot down. Doctors acting as if everybody’s just made out of money and time … gnrrr.

    So is your vision going to be really screwy for a while — with one good eye, one terrible eye, and one pair of glasses that no longer work well?

    I was sort of hoping you’d end up getting both eyes done on the same day. Then you might stumble around blind for a while but it would all be over with more quickly. Oh well.

  5. Joel says:

    They won’t do that, Claire, but it’s not as bad as it could be. There’s likely to be a period of extreme joel-needs-new-glasses and there is most definitely going to be a period of joel’s-vision-is-screwed-to-hell. But the second operation is scheduled one week after the first one, so that second period shouldn’t be any longer than that. Push comes to shove, I’ll punch a lens out of my current specs or wear an eye patch.

  6. You’d look good with an eye patch…natural in fact! ARGHHH!!!!

  7. “Then you might stumble around blind for a while but it would all be over with more quickly.”

    Claire – you got a good chuckle out of me. Living in parched wasteland leaves one with a dry and dark humor – that’s my excuse anyway! If not that – I’ll blame it on a penchant for odd-ball noire Western film. (go ahead – move the hyphen over – you know you want to!)

    I doubt she really meant it that way, Joel.

  8. MamaLiberty says:

    Doctors are like lawyers that way, loving to split something into lots of little slices… more “billable hours” that way, don’t you know.

    But there is NO reason on earth for the insane extra charge for the lenses. That’s just crap.

    And did you ever get in touch with the Lion’s Club? They would help with the lenses, and the glasses. That’s what they DO… so let them. :)

    Anyway, so glad to see this getting done.

  9. Jac says:

    One more vote for the eyepatch…

  10. greg says:

    My wife had this done 15 years ago. There is some medical reason for them only doing one at a time.

    On the up side, she wore both contacts and glasses for the first 15 years we were married. Her glasses were so thick they made coke bottles seem thin. She threw them away after the surgery but now needs a mild pair (drug store variety) for reading the small print on some of those cheep trade publication books.

    Her comment to you is to be prepared for a whole tripping experience. :) She never realized how much color recognition she had lost. Her first comment came a couple of days after the first procedure when she blurted out…”when did they make the stop signs so red!” As far as the extra cost for the super duper lenses? Well can’t help you with that, as there were no choices for her when she had it done.

    You will be all right, just having to wear those “old folks” sunglasses for a while, as the brightness is overwhelming because we degenerate so slowly that we don’t notice it until they operate.

    Also be prepared for a few follow up appointments if they haven’t already told ya. Believe me, if your eyes are really bad, you need to prepare for a whole new world.

To the stake with the heretic!