Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Happy Easter, wish you could see it

Monday, June 12, 2006: This post was found sitting in my drafts folder, unfinished for the past two months. Here it is, as found:


So Sunday morning I picked Tam up to have her home for a bit before heading out to her mom's for easter dinner. I get there only to discover that her glasses are broken, AGAIN! Between myself and her mom we've had her glasses out to be fixed at least four times in the past two months, juggling three different pairs to try and keep her in vision. At -10.5 her prescription is obscenely strong and she's literally, perhaps even legally, blind without them.

The titaniums bought for their strength just a year ago had an arm snap off at the rim in early March and were out for $70 laser welds. While they were gone the 2nd oldest did their duty, stretched out and rickety though they were. No matter, they shortly lost the screw that holds a lense in and left us with just the super old pair. The ones so scratched up that they looked foggy when freshly cleaned, and that had their bridge soldered together about five years ago. Of course they broke at the solder joint and left Tam blind for a few days until the 2nd pair came back with a new screw, followed by the new pair with the laser weld. Until that pair lost a nosepiece, and Tam was back in the rickety ones. Until the hinge on the rickety ones broke (not fixable), and Tam was blind again.

Though the glasses with the missing nosepiece were due back wednesday and the super old pair still fixable, Tam's obsessive-compulsive disorder has been making a comeback and all she could talk about was getting new ones. She hounded my parents, her mom, the staff, and me; until finally I gave in last tuesday. (It's not that I don't want her to have a new pair, but I'd just paid $2400 for a wheelchair, $70 for laser welds, $500 for vacation, and $450 to get my car through emissions and renew my license -- all in two months!) Since her disabilities make another eye test difficult and close to useless, not to mention how much she'd freak over any delays, her eye doctor agreed to just fax me last year's prescription. So fax in hand, we headed to Lenscrafters.

I wanted to go for the nearly unbreakable Flexon frames, but they all took large lenses that just don't work in her prescription so we had to go with titaniums again. At least this time they're a plain jane style (the previous were frilly and delicate) so I'm hoping that they'll hold up better to the abuse Tam puts them through these days. (It's not her fault, but her motions are so exagerated that just scratching an itch is guaranteed to send them flying.) They're due in two weeks and Lenscrafters even offered to deliver and fit them at the nursing home so I don't have to bring Tam in. Never knew they did that, kudos to Lenscrafters! (Then again, for $400 bucks, why fucking shouldn't they?)

So wednesday her mom brought back the old titaniums with the new nosepieces, and life seemed good in the world again. I was a little stressed

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