Yesterday we celebrated in the traditional way with a day devoted to the whims of the birthday girl, shared with Joy and family, and this time happily joined by David, who has a full, glorious week off, courtesy of Go-Pro.
Things went a little differently than planned. There was the requisite visit to Build-A-Bear, which typified our child's personality when she chose the very first, hideous hot-pink cat she laid eyes on and was done looking after that (I joked that I hope she doesn't end up choosing her romantic partners in this capricious and impulsive way: "Right: you by the door. You'll do.") and with a surprisingly small amount of fuss she was persuaded to change her McDonald's plans to Stacked! instead, much to the relief of everyone else who didn't want to eat at McDonald's. We had a fun lunch at Stacked! even though it takes about 30 minutes for everyone to get their order into the iPad, but we weren't in a rush.
After that, Jarrah headed up to Encinitas with Mary and Paul for some Barbie Dream House quality time, while David and I headed back to our place to gather snow clothes for another annual tradition--sledding and s'mores at Quail Gardens's Holiday of Lights.
Then, once we arrived and she opened the fabulous Spy Kit from Joy, she didn't want to go to the snow anymore, and I just had to roll with that. I say "I" because no one else really cared, but it did mean David and I had done a whole lot of shlepping basically for nothing, since we ended the night with the traditional pie at Coco's--and we could have had Coco's right by our house. Ah well. We all had good company and fun, and Jarrah was happy.
On a more somber note, I missed the traditional homemade Swedish pancakes at our place and most of the Build-a-Bear festivities, as I had an impromptu trip to the opthamologist--my second in three days. I started feeling like I had a boulder in my right eye about a week ago, followed by a dry, gravelly feeling and an extreme amount of blurriness. Because I was worried about the boulder, I took a chance and called the same office I went to in 2009 when I had the opthalmic migraine. That day was traumatic, but ended happily because the migraine went away and I still had my 20/20 vision, which made me not a little bit smug.
This trip was not so triumphant. It was awesome that not only did they remember me, but allowed me to come in instantly (I mean, like, the minute I called) to check for the boulder, and you'd think I'd have some closure. Instead, the (very nice) doctor did a quick exam, peeled my lid back with a hook (OW!) to check for rocks, and said whatever it was, it wasn't serious. She prescribed a full exam on January 10 and said I have Dry Eye Syndrome. Why do I have this? Because, apparently, I'm old. It's more common than anyone thinks, she said. I have to put artificial tears in my eyes six times a day.
But here's what made me cry. I couldn't read the eye chart. Normally, I can read it lightening fast and even see the "Made in USA" at the wee bottom. This time, I couldn't even read the top line; it was too blurry. I cried. What had happened???
So apparently some of the blurriness is due to the dry eye. But I'm gonna need glasses anyway. I don't know why this is so hard to accept. I think people who lost their "perfect" vision early on didn't have as long as I have to get attached to it. And now I miss it mightily, despite the slight consolation of getting to pick out super-cute glasses.
So off I went with my drops, and the boulder feeling did not go away. Plus I kept waking up during the night feeling like my right eye ACHED, and it feels incredibly light sensitive, like there's a stripe of white in the middle of it. It freaked me out enough that when they said they were closing for five days after noon on Friday and could I come right back in, I ran, even though it meant missing some precious birthday moments.
She checked everything again. Didn't see anything. Did a fun test where she GLUED little pieces of paper to my eyeballs and told me to RELAX for five minutes with those on, to measure my tears. I am supposed to have a 15 something-or-other in each eye, and I have a 9 and a 12. My options are: continue with the drops, do some other expensive drops for five months that might hurt and might not work, or get some artificial tear ducts surgically implanted in my eyes. Guess which I chose?