Recycle, donate, dilate

This is gonna be a smorgasbord of a post: a little health care with some de-cluttering  and recycling and donating thrown in.

Yesterday I had an eye appointment. I have worn glasses since I was 4. So going to the eye doctor has always been important. I have been wearing contacts for about four years and I wore them years ago for a couple of years.

On my walk to my appointment I ran a couple of errands. I dropped some clothes off at the cleaners along with a bunch of wire hangers. Then I stopped to get some hair product from one of the salon’s on the main drag in my hood.

My last stop was the eye doctor. I asked them if they took old glasses. They said they did and the donated glasses go to Lions Club International. So I donated four pairs of good glasses I found in my de-cluttering. Unfortunately they couldn’t take the cases.

I really like my eye doctor and the staff. It seems like a fun and good place to work. My appointment went well. All looked good. My contacts are still doing great. (I wear hard contacts.) Everything with my … Continue reading

The 8-year lesson

Guest Post: Rob

A lot of things can happen in eight years time. Brett Favre could retire, health care could be reformed or Lady Gaga could wear something normal–the point is, that’s kind of a long time!

Still, it had been that long since my last check up or even a visit to a doctor for any reason since being discharged from the Navy in 2001. I was sent on my way with a clean bill of health and no reason to suspect any problems and life was good. That is, until about a month ago when a fluke instance of dehydration had convinced me to maybe just go in and get some basic labs done, you know, just to see if everything is still OK.

I’m 39 years old now, 31 when I was discharged from the Navy. I am 5’8” tall and weigh 184lbs with a medium build. I feel great and I have been healthy for the past eight years as far as I can tell.

I don‘t work out. But I also don’t eat a lot of sweets or drink a lot of soda. My diet is not  based on fast, greasy foods and I drink … Continue reading