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you can sleep when you're dead

Addendum: No writing today, unless the blog counts (and I don't think that it does). I'm just not awake enough to write prose, to think in stories. And I'm not asleep enough the somehow dream and type at the same time. I didn't take the Ambien last night, because when I went to bed (about 1:30 a.m., I think), I was tired enough to go to sleep on my own. But I woke up at about 5:20 (I remember looking at the clock in the kitchen) and couldn't get back to sleep, so I took two-thirds of a pill (the one Spooky had broken up for me on Wednesday morning). This put me back to sleep. Well, sort of. Really more of a fevery, fitful half-sleep, which lasted until about 10:30. I feel as though I'm staying in bed longer, but sleeping less.

We've not had much luck yet thwarting the eyeball Nazis. The drill seems to be something like this: we have to pay for eye exams, plus contact fittings (though we only need the latter), then pay for a follow-up exam where "test" lenses that have been ordered based on the earlier exams are checked to see how they fit. At that point, the optometrist will (reluctantly) release our base-line curve measurements to LensQuest, and we can finally order the contacts. What would have cost us about $140 (getting two new pairs of SFX contacts) could now easily cost more than twice that (and perhaps three times as much) to get the same thing I was allowed to buy freely in 2002. I'm beginning to wonder if I'll costume at Dragon*Con this year at all. More than anything, I'm appalled at the thought of submitting to an unnecessary and (in my opinion) invasive medical procedure because the government can't mind its own business.

Gods, I know I sound like a lunatic.

I'm going to wind up like Lenny Bruce, babbling to a bored audience. Only I'll be railing against optometry instead of the IRS.

Comments

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pkbarbiedoll
Jun. 10th, 2004 10:31 pm (UTC)
Couldn't you order sfx contacts overseas and bypass all of that nonsense?
humglum
Jun. 10th, 2004 10:37 pm (UTC)

Yes, probably. But then comes the question of quality. I found a place that looks promising, but I need to see if I can find reviews somewhere.

greygirlbeast
Jun. 10th, 2004 11:03 pm (UTC)
Couldn't you order sfx contacts overseas and bypass all of that nonsense?

Like Spooky said. More specifically, I'm very happy with the lenses I've been getting from Mesmereyes, and having seen a lot of crappy looking SFX lenses, I'm reluctant to order from somewhere else.
pkbarbiedoll
Jun. 10th, 2004 11:17 pm (UTC)
I wonder if they will allow you to reuse exam measurements for future orders. From all that I've read I wouldn't be surprised if they requested new measurements with each new order.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 10th, 2004 11:22 pm (UTC)
I wonder if they will allow you to reuse exam measurements for future orders. From all that I've read I wouldn't be surprised if they requested new measurements with each new order.

They want a new exam every year. It's just insane.
ironjocelyn
Jun. 11th, 2004 12:28 am (UTC)
I bet the industry itself lobbied for these regulations with the intention of forcing us to hand over more money.
brokensymmetry
Jun. 10th, 2004 11:35 pm (UTC)
because the government can't mind its own business.

Gods, I know I sound like a lunatic.


When the world's gone bad crazy, only the lunatics make sense. Or something like that.

It may be trite, but I really think the government is spending so much time protecting us from things that don't exist so we'll fail to notice that what we really need to be protected from is the government.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 11th, 2004 12:48 am (UTC)
It may be trite, but I really think the government is spending so much time protecting us from things that don't exist so we'll fail to notice that what we really need to be protected from is the government.

It's a neat trick.
mb2u
Jun. 11th, 2004 01:36 am (UTC)
Silly question, but have you tried finding an optometrist in Alabama? I don't know what their lawa are, but sometimes they differ from state to state...
greygirlbeast
Jun. 11th, 2004 01:59 am (UTC)
Silly question, but have you tried finding an optometrist in Alabama? I don't know what their lawa are, but sometimes they differ from state to state...

The problem is having to see an optometrist at all, anywhere.
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