Monday, January 12, 2015

Another day on the Island of Blue Hairs

Glad to be back home after another day of doctor that the plight of the elderly?   Hey, I am so grateful that we have good insurance and can afford ourselves of all the great medical care that is available in Houston.  This morning I took He-Who-Sleeps-Alot to a retina specialist.  It seems he has scar tissue on the retinas of both eyes from surgery for previous detached retinas.  The recommendation is to try some stronger glasses for reading for four months to see if they help.  He needs complicated new lenses so we went to the recommended place downstairs from the doc office.  Probably not the cheapest but holy moly, I don't trust Walmart with this heavy-duty prescription.  Just grateful that we can pay for them and hopefully they will help him.

Sadly it now seems his twin brother is exhibiting more symptoms of Alzheimer's...confusion over some simple things.  I have referred him to docs I believe in and we shall see.  But dang, this means all four of the siblings have had Alzheimer's or some form of dementia.  So much like his mom and all her siblings!  Don't tell me there isn't a strong genetic component here. comes the ambulance again to our building.  Our new neighbor down the hall calls them at least once a week.  She is standing outside her apartment door waving them in.  She uses them like an emergency clinic and then always refuses to go to the hospital with them.  Dang, as tax payers we probably all are paying for her medical service.  I think she's either nuts or a prescription drug addict or both...who knows and it's really none of my business.

Back to rereading The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman for Book Club this week.  I'm facilitating the discussion and delighted to do so as this is one of my favorite books.  It is set in the southern corner of Western Australia where I lived for six months while teaching at Edith Cowan University in Perth.  Beautiful country and a great story.

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