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Monday, May 21, 2012

Will I Ever See Clearly Again?


Literally.


This is just another reason I don't like doctors. My standard disclaimer on this subject still applies. I do have doctors that I like. My ob/gyne is still one of my favorite doctors though I am no longer going to be able to go to him because our boys are going to be going to the same school and might end up on a sports team together at some point and that's weird, right? His son has already reached out to Nico on Facebook and said, "Hey, my dad is your mom's doctor" and he might have well said, "Hey, my dad saw your mom naked" because I had the same reaction which was, "Ick!" I really love our CF doctor. I think he does a great job of seeing the boys and not just what they battle. He is a great doctor and completely the exception to any rule or thought I have on doctors. I love my ENT. I don't know what else to say about him other than he knows me and my quirkiness about doctors and handles them well.

All the other doctors that I have seen lately...ughhhhh! I wrote about going to the eye doctor a few weeks ago and I see worse now than I did before I went and it had been 10 years since I was last checked. Leo wants me to go back to the eye doctor I saw and complain but when I called with concerns, they were less than nice about it. I already opened my contact box and they told me if I "thought my prescription was wrong" don't open it because I wouldn't get a refund. Well, how was I supposed to know it was wrong if I didn't try them? It's awful. I have to go get my license renewed and need to take a vision test and I'm afraid to with the way I see right now (not a good sign for driving, is it?). I can make do with the glasses though I can't see the captions on the TV (more on that in a sec). I already spend $300 and now I need a new eye exam and new contacts. Anyone know of any deals out there? I've heard Costco is good. Less than $200 good?

My hearing sucks. I know a lot of people (mostly in my family) that don't hear that well and they don't have hearing aids and I don't want them either. So, I make adjustments. I text or email instead of call. I say, "What was that?" a lot.  I watch TV with the captions on (not always necessary but at night when everyone is asleep, a must). My kids are even frustrated and can be heard saying often, "Mom, I said it like 100 times." I know but I didn't hear it the first 99.

My tongue still hurts. I have been back to the doctor because there is a nagging feeling when it hurts. Is it another sore? Will I have to have surgery again? Will I ever be able to eat strawberries again? He said it looked fine and that they cut (sorry) so much of it that the nerve endings are still pretty raw (sorry). If I spend the day talking, at night it hurts a lot so I try to limit it (don't laugh at how I am failing).

I'm feeling a little crazy lately. My vision is blurred, I can't hear much and I'm afraid with my tongue the way it is, I'll end up mute. With no disrespect to her at all, I am starting to worry that I might be in for a Helen Keller existence.

Getting old is not fun. Anyone else out there losing it and by it, I mean vision or hearing or the ability to speak well? If anyone knows of a good place to go for my second eye exam, please, let me know.

19 Comments:

At May 21, 2012 at 9:21 AM , Blogger Missy | Literal Mom said...

I lost my ability to speak correctly last week, but I think it was more fatigue than anything else!

 
At May 21, 2012 at 9:37 AM , Blogger doseofreality said...

I have no doubt that this post was not supposed to make me laugh, so it totally didn't...until the Helen Keller part. Then, I'm sorry, I laughed out loud!
Girl, as a nurse, I am telling you to call back to the eye doctor and ask for the doctor himself or the office manager and raise holy hell until they help you. You absolutely should not be paying for new stuff somewhere else. No way, no how.

 
At May 21, 2012 at 10:00 AM , Blogger AnnMarie said...

Yes, fatigue isn't helping matters over here!

 
At May 21, 2012 at 10:01 AM , Blogger AnnMarie said...

Actually, it makes me feel better knowing I made you laugh. Something is so wrong when you are 41 (I still have two weeks and I'm holding onto them) and you are afraid to call because someone is mean. He wasn't very good. I think that is why I am afraid. I'll call, get back in and be no better off.

 
At May 21, 2012 at 12:04 PM , Blogger Jerry said...

I know all about the hearing problems :). You may want to look at hearing aids again. Any decent ones will not be visible at all. Oticon ones for example (that is what I am using). They do get a bit pricey. Makes Apple products look downright cheap. Small consolation - You can write them off though if your medical expenses go above 7.5% of adjusted gross income

TV - wireless headphones work great (in addition to CC), since you can control the volume independent of the main TV volume. I would get a pair for the TV you use most often at night. I'm using this (very happy with them):
http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-RS120-Over-Ear-Wireless-Headphones/dp/B0001FTVEK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1337626169&sr=8-2


Phone - Bluetooth or even simple ear buds make a huge difference for me. And don't have to cost much. These Samsung ones are cheap (about $4 shipped) and have great sound quality:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005FUNYV2/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00

Kids - unlike strangers, with family you CAN make them go at least a little out of their way to accommodate your hearing loss. Tell the kids that unless you acknowledge what they said, it is considered as "not heard". They need to speak up, and not turn away when talking to you. Having someone face you when talking makes a big difference when dealing with hearing loss.
NOTE: you do have to go out of your way to acknowledge that you did hear what was said. Maria constantly goes off on me when I don't do it because she cannot tell if I heard her or not.

 
At May 21, 2012 at 12:11 PM , Blogger AnnMarie said...

Do I have to see a doctor to get those? I'd be more willing to get hearing aids (ACK!) if I don't have to see a doctor. I went once and it was the worst experience ever.

I'll look into the other two and Leo is the worst when turning away from me while talking. It makes me crazy. He also talks to me from the other side of the house and then gets mad when I don't answer him.

 
At May 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM , Blogger Jerry said...

You do have to see a doc, but it really isn't like your regular doctor. The financials with hearing aids are quite different than your regular medical care, so the service is also different :). The hearing test may be covered btw.

I did forget one other thing:
MOVIES - for a while I gave up on seeing just released movies because of the hearing issues. Then I found out that most major theaters have wireless headsets available for the hearing impaired. Just go to the customer service area (usually behind or near the ticket booth or by the concession stands) and ask for them. Some make you leave your license. The one by us doesn't even bother to do that. Brought the joy of watching movies on the big screen back for me :)

 
At May 21, 2012 at 6:25 PM , Blogger Kristen said...

aaaaakkkkkkk!!! I have this vision of the 3monkeys. Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil? too soon? I'm so sorry.. Sometimes I laugh when I shouldn't :) Anyway, I hope you feel better - and I sincerely hope you can find a doctor you like. xo

 
At May 21, 2012 at 7:45 PM , Blogger Heather said...

Good Heavens! Yes getting old does stink. I never realized I would feel so old and so young at the same time.

Me - I have this funky blistery rash all over the top of my hands. It goes away and then comes back. So irritating, but I totally don't want to go to the Doctor.

I hope something works out for you- maybe pitch a fit at the eye doctor????

 
At May 21, 2012 at 8:22 PM , Blogger AnnMarie said...

Ha! That's pretty funny. I should have searched for a picture of the monkeys and used that on here! It makes me feel better to know you got a laugh out of it. :)

 
At May 21, 2012 at 8:26 PM , Blogger AnnMarie said...

Ahhh...someone else that doesn't want to go to the doctor. I love that I am not alone!

I pitched a fit once and it got me a whole lotta nowhere! I'm sure they would just blame me that I didn't come in sooner. How do you explain that you didn't because you kinda hate them? :)

 
At May 21, 2012 at 9:04 PM , Blogger Kimberly said...

Getting old stinks! I have noticed a drastic change in my vision lately and am dreading to get my eyes examined again.

Also? I'm so not a fan of doctors. At all. But, like you, I adore my ob/gyn. I wish they were all that easy!

 
At May 21, 2012 at 10:13 PM , Blogger AnnMarie said...

I just hate that every doctor I goes to wants to send me for another test or has nothing positive to say. I want to be the little old lady that lives to be 100 and never saw a doctor. Can't I just be her?

 
At May 22, 2012 at 8:11 PM , Blogger Charity said...

I am not a fan of doctors, ironically I have a child that requires the attention of 9 different doctors. Personally though I stay away, I know it's bad but who has the time.

I have to say I find my words jumbling lately and I'm so forgetful. Having six kids I really am starting to think they have taken a little piece of my mind with each one. I agree getting older sucks!

 
At May 23, 2012 at 4:49 AM , Blogger AnnMarie said...

I think because the boys have to go to so many doctors, that's where it started and then all of a sudden, after 40, my routine stuff turned not so routine so now I'd like to avoid it at all costs.

 
At May 23, 2012 at 6:54 AM , Blogger Alison@Mama Wants This said...

Urgh, I'm so sorry you're going through this. I hope you find some good doctors to sort through all that!

 
At May 23, 2012 at 7:22 AM , Blogger AnnMarie said...

I know! If I can get over my fear, I might actually get some help. :)

 
At May 29, 2012 at 6:15 AM , Blogger Wanda said...

Newbie from SITS! So glad to find your blog! I have way too much on my plate right now too! Just remember tomarrow is a new day!
Wanda @www.recreateanddecorate.com

 
At May 29, 2012 at 9:02 AM , Blogger AnnMarie said...

Thanks so much for stopping by and for the follow. I'm heading over to your place right now!

 

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