28 January 2018

Eyes. Teeth. Hands. Knitting.

Well, that post title should set you to wondering, right?  It's not as mysterious as it sounds, though it describes the main parts of my weekend, which started on Friday this time, when I took the day as a sick day because I  had two appointments - one in the middle of the morning, one in the middle of the afternoon - that made it pretty useless time-wise to even go to work.

Friday morning I had a follow-up at the eye doctor's office.  When I was there about a month ago for my annual exam, it was found that my tear glands were blocked.  So I was given eye drops and medication and told to come back in a month to see how things were.  The verdict was that things were improved, but I have to continue the regimen and return again at the beginning of March.  I also picked up my new glasses.  I wear trifocals,* and usually just one of the areas has a changed prescription, but this time it was all three parts (so now my eyes are failing me too??).  As a result, it's gonna take a bit to adjust to the new glasses, but boy can I see things better!  I had no idea I was missing anything ...

OK, so it was time for a break between appts.  I came home, ate some lunch, and cuddled with the kitties for a little while before heading to a dentist appt with a dentist who was new to me.  I have been going to the same dentist for years, and then about two years ago, he sold the practice when he and his wife moved to Canada, where she had gotten a teaching job.  The people he sold the practice to were nice, but it was increasingly one of those places where they were pushing products and procedures, and as far as I'm concerned, it's bad enough to be at the dentist's office, I don't need the hard sell on top of it!  (The Tim always finds it amusing that, with all the other stuff I've had to deal with health-wise, the thing I dread most is going to the dentist.  But I digress.)

I left that appt with newly cleaned teeth, a referral to an endodontist (ugh), and most surprisingly - soft, smooth hands!  WHAT?  Well, at this office, they offer a complimentary paraffin hand wax while you are getting your teeth cleaned.  I'd never had one, so I figured I'd try it.  It was lovely, and a nice counter to the feeling and sound of them scraping my teeth.  And best of all, no pressure to buy a certain product, have my teeth whitened, etc.  I hope that continues, especially since this office is even more convenient than the previous dentists' office was.

All of that activity was on Friday, so yesterday I was pretty lazy all day.  Other than a few small chores, I just read, knit, and watched stuff with The Tim.  We watched "Get Out" which is one of the Best Picture nominees.  It was enjoyable, but also really creepy.  But so good!  While we watched that, I added two squares to my blanket, so it was productive as well.  Then last night we caught up on some recorded TV, and and I added another square to make another row, which was new and challenging for me.  I have no expectations (or desire, frankly) to hurry up and finish this project, so I'm enjoying watching it grow bit by bit.  Here's how it looks after yesterday.

(Look at the watermelon square!!!!!  So far, it's my favorite.)

Not much that's exciting on the agenda for today.  I want to do some cleaning, another load of laundry, pay some bills, and then just read or knit or stare into space or whatever I feel like doing!  At some point I'll fix us some dinner, but otherwise there is nothing I absolutely *must* do, and that's fine with me. 

I hope you have had a good weekend as well.  And here's hoping that the coming week will be one that just goes along as it should for all of us.  Take care!


*I have worn bifocals or trifocals since I was in my 30s.  It amuses me when people are so bummed by having to wear them, or refuse to wear them because they don't want to be seen as "old."  I'll take seeing over vanity any day!

14 comments:

Nance said...

If I *EVER* finish my Bigass Life-Ruining Project That Is Killing Me, I am all about your blanket project. I need eensy teensy quickie-off-the-needles knitting that makes me happy. Is there a link?

Love your watermelon square. How did it happen?

Lilly's Mom said...

You have been busy with all your appointments. I do hope all goes well. I love seeing your blanket taking shape. What a fun pattern is well be to make. My best to you, Pat

Wanderingcatstudio said...

After those appointments - I think you deserved a lazy day!

I'm not a fan of the eye doctor or dentist, and I always put off appointments way too long.

Mereknits said...

It is so m=nice when all those appointments go smoothly. I am going to a endocrinologist appointment this week. They are new to me so I am not sure what they will say. I have to take time off work to go which is always frustrating. Have a great week.

Bonny said...

I can't celebrate blocked tear ducts or endodontists, but seeing better is a good thing, along with smoother hands. I'm also not a big fan of the anticipated pain, screeching sound of the drill, and money spent at the dentist, but would be happy with anything they can do to take my mind off the negatives. The blanket is looking good!

Tired Teacher said...

I wear trifocals, too, the traditional ones with lines. Oh dear, an endodontist? Sounds like there's a a root canal in your future.

Love the blanket, especially the watermelon block.

Dee said...

I went into bifocals young too. You are right ..........who cares as long as I can see to stitch.

karen said...

I've had progressive lenses for about 5 + years....not sure. Total bummer about the endodontist but they are so good at what they do!! No amount of paraffin wax hand treatment would ease my dentist anxiety....

Jeannie Gray Knits said...

I'm also a member of the trifocal wearing club and I dread the dentist. My childhood dentist was abusive to put it nicely. (Thankfully, he was eventually sentenced to 55 years in jail for making & selling kiddie BSDM porn. Super nice guy!) To this day, I despise the dentist & have to take a sedative just to walk into the office.

You're off to a great start with your blanket. Love the watermelon block!

Kym said...

I have a new dentist, too. But his office does not offer hand treatments! (I wish they did. . . ) When I was having my chemo treatments, they offered all sorts of wonderful treats "on the side": foot massages, paraffin hand treatments, scalp hot oil treatments, specialty coffees and goodies. It was wonderful -- and a nice distraction from the more unpleasant parts of life. I think it's a strategy more dentists should employ!

I hope your week is off to a great start!
XO

Vera said...

Hmmm, I'm going to have to suggest the hand treatments at my dentist's office. Luckily, we all really like our dentist. I'm trying to find a new eye doctor - not easy. I hope your weekend was super relaxing - you deserve it! (ps - did you get the package?)

elns said...

You checked off a lot on the list lady, Lazy day earned!! I really enjoyed Get Out with it's creepiness and all. I was talking outloud to the screen a lot. Sort of driving my son nuts w/that. Ha!

Wishing you a good week.

kathy b said...

I prefer to get all my appointments finished in winter time. I dont even like to go inside for a movie in the summer time. I need every moment of warmth we are given in summer

AsKatKnits said...

Hand dips at the dentist sound interesting, but I don't think even that would overcome my irrational fear of them!