Monday, November 3, 2008

Monday, again ????

[The view across my front yard, 2005]

Well, here we are, another day come and gone. I could wax philosophic about the passage of time, or my place in the Universe, but instead I'd like to talk about something near and dear to my heart. (ahem.)

Yesterday morning at the meeting, my glasses broke. I've had a feeling they were about to, as they just felt fragile. I was cleaning the lenses and they pretty much just came apart in my hands. The weld that holds the nosepiece broke. Luckily, I had my prescription sunglasses, so I could still see (plus, I looked totally incognito and cool.). Fast forward to later in the day, and I'm trying to find any kind of old glasses that I can still see out of, to no avail. Finally I found a pair that didn't give me an instant headache. They aren't quite right, but at least I can see the keyboard. I don't like the way they look, or the color of the frames (a dark bronze), or the way they fit. But hey, I can use them. I really cannot afford new glasses right now. So....drumroll....the other day the Medicare book came in the mail. I'm thinking, I'll find out what Medicare covers and maybe I can get new glasses. OR something. I's like the book is written in Chinese.
Now, I'm a relatively intelligent human being. I can figure out lots of stuff. The only place where it talks about eyecare is under A) Diabetes or B) [this is a direct quote] "Eyeglasses(limited): ONE PAIR OF EYEGLASSES WITH STANDARD FRAMES (OR ONE SET OF CONTACT LENSES) AFTER CATARACT SURGERY THAT IMPLANTS AN INTRAOCULAR LENS.

Does that mean that I can only get glasses if I let them implant a lens?

How do seniors on Medicare afford glasses?

I'm bewitched, bothered and bewildered... (that reference is for you, 'roni. Happy Homecoming!)

Sigh...oh well. I still have lots of things to be grateful for today.

*All my critters are in house, safe and loved
*I have a wonderful marriage based on mutual respect and good humour.
*I have most of my family living within a hundred miles of me or less.
*I am over 6000 words into NaNoWriMo
*I am geting to know more and more great folks in the blogger community
*I am sober. Just for today.
*Listening to others problems make mine feel small.
*I have a huge share of meetings close enough to attend any time I want.
*The 12 Steps have absolutely changed my life.
*Today I have a faith that works.
*I have a nice warm bed to climb into, I am not homeless, and am well fed.
*My health is relatively good.
*Tomorrow I get to vote my conscience and exercise a right that a lot of people don't have.
*Today, I am a child of God, and I try to act like it.

Sweet dreams, all y'all.


AlkySeltzer said...

Gosh, I thought I commented here yesterday, oh well. Just wanted to say
I may need some kind of glasses, having just done the "eyes" thing with
implanted lenses, etc.

And I would never have known that Medicare would pay the bill. Thanks!

(I KNOW I wrote this yesterday, it probably landed on someone's blog who had just posted on "The Quality of Water in the Mississippi River.")


As bad as the Medicare coverage or lack thereof for glasses may be - I sure wish I had it.

But the price I'll have to pay for that will be getting a few more years older.

Always a price to pay for everything.

Anonymous said...

I have something for you on my blog. :0)

Todd HellsKitchen said...

Hope you and all your critters are having a good November!

AlkySeltzer said...

Annie, hurry back. I speak for everyone when I say, "WE MISS YOU!!!"

Come Back, Little Sheba....

mile191 said...

i enjoyed your blessings, that is how i read them..

a child of god...i haven't thought of that in a long time.

thanks for writing...

hope your holidays are peaceful.

J-Online said...

You just reminded me that I need to get an appointment with my eye doctor before the end of the year. I need new glasses too. They are so expensive! Glad you so much to be grateful for.

steveroni said...

From blog: "How do seniors on Medicare afford glasses?"

I dunno? Go to the Goodwill store nearest you? (But don't drive!)