Mar. 21st, 2013

Norwescon

Mar. 21st, 2013 12:11 am
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Failure TRex)
I tried to call VA optometry today but never got through. I suspect it will be a couple of weeks before I can really start getting the glasses dealt with, though I will be trying to talk with someone again tomorrow.

This, however, leaves me with problems regarding Norwescon. I'm going to ask [livejournal.com profile] ingvisson if he can watch the DoDC+3 for me, and [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor if she can drive me down to the con next Thursday before my first panel and back on Sunday. I'm pretty sure they'll both be willing, but this means that I have to find a last-minute place at the con hotel to drop an air mattress and a sleeping bag. If you're going to the con and you have space, please let me know. I am perfectly happy to spring for my share of room costs, I just need a place to stay because I won't be able to drive down every day as I'd been planning.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Schroedinger kills you maybe)
I did get through to the Seattle VA optometry clinic on the phone today. There's some special they want to do that I don't quite understand, because I was having some issues with my peripheral vision, but they say they can't get me in for an initial consult until May 29th. When I will be on the east coast. Driving. They wouldn't make an appointment with me at all for just the glasses issue, so I did an end run around optometry by calling central scheduling. For April 23rd.

Faced with this, I took matters (rather expensively) into my own hands and have an appointment with a doc at LensCrafters for tomorrow at 5:30. I will talk to them about what's going on. They will do an eye exam. I may well be able to walk out of there with new glasses and not have to worry about the whole finding a room for Norwescon if it does deal with the dizziness issues.

Once that is resolved, I will then be able to call the VA and cancel the April appointment and see about scheduling this other thing they want to do for when I get home from back east. The basic eye exam is going to cost me about $130 and I have no idea at all what the glasses will cost. Apparently they are currently having a half-price on lenses sale, but only if you buy frames from them. I'll have to talk to them about actual costs when I get in there. If I can just get them to deal with the regular myopia glasses, I can wait on bifocals until the VA can deal with things. As long as I don't have to wear them all the time, I won't have to deal with the whole eyestrain and migraines issue that arises from constant use of them. This may cost me several hundred dollars out of pocket, but at least I should be able to drive next week instead of waiting indefinitely for the VA to pull its collective head out of its posterior.

This, my friends, is why I have credit cards.

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