Poor Vince

My poor husband! First of all . . he’s losing our July “not buy” commitment big time! He bought a new computer today. I had to about get angry to keep him from buying some huge flat screen LCD TV for me to have in the basement. I have a little old TV . . one of those they say isn’t going to work after February . . like I care. I wish they’d all stop working. I did not want a new TV. Finally convinced him that I really, really did not want a new TV. Anyway . . he bought himself a new laptop (NO! It did NOT come from Office Depot!)

This little escapade started yesterday. I’ve been having trouble with my right eye. I think part of it is I don’t get enough sleep and I stay on the computer too much. But .. I have a left eye and a right eye and the left eye never bothers me. The right eye stays red much of the time and it kinda feels tired. But yesterday, I happened to look at myself in the mirror in the middle of the day and the right pupil was huge . . and the left one wasn’t. What do you do when you need medical information? Go to the internet. Yep . . dilated pupil could be a symptom of a brain tumor. My imagination runs wild! I remembered that I had a headache a few months ago. Maybe I was dizzy one day. I can’t remember squat! Oh, no .. what will I do with all my fabric? Will Chad finish college without me around to hound him? But first, let me find an ophthalmologist who can look at my eye. That’s a good place to start. He can refer me to get an MRI and we’ll just go from there.

I found a list of ophthalmologists in Joplin and called to find one who could see me tomorrow (which was today). But, I had to have a “driver” because they would dilate my eyes. Hmmm . . I have nobody here that I would ask to drive me to Joplin. Vince was happy to take a vacation day to help me out.

We got to the eye doctor. There were two older men in the waiting room. Vince had a wood carving magazine and one of the old guys noticed that before Vince ever sat down so he got up and moved over to sit by Vince. Vince isn’t “Mr. Personality” and I could see he was wanting to get away from the guy. The man was a wood carver too and he wanted to chat. Vince isn’t much of a chatter but he muddled through for a few minutes. The man’s wife came out and they left.

The other guy gets up and walks over to show us something in a magazine. I could see that Vince was wanting to say “think I care??” Then the guy said “Know any jokes?” Oh, no! Vince is not going to do well with this. Nope, don’t know any jokes. So, without us asking, the man decides to share a few jokes with us. Then the guy said “Do you drink alcohol?” Me – “No, not much.” Vince – “Some but not much.” Then the guy said “Mind if I sing you a song I made up?” This is really getting to be too much. He starts singing! Right there in the waiting room. Thankfully, they called my name and I got out of there.

I went back to get all the testing done and in a few minutes, here comes Vince. He wants to keep me company! Yeah, right! He wanted to get away from the goofball in the waiting room. The doctor comes in. He cannot figure out what’s wrong with my eye. He and Vince are guessing . . Which side do you sleep on? Do you sleep with the ceiling fan on?

About a year ago we bought new mattresses and at the same time, I bought two of those memory foam pillows. I bought them from the furniture store and they were expensive. Vince is a tightwad and he’s been mad about those pillows ever since. He won’t even use his . . doesn’t like it . . never once tried it. I dearly love mine. I take it everywhere I go! Paducah, St. Louis, Louisiana . . I always bring that pillow!

So Vince said to the doctor “Could it be the memory foam pillow she’s using? Foam is made with isocyanate. Could that be causing an allergic reaction?” The doctor says “Yes, maybe that’s it!”

What the heck? Why is he dragging my pillow into this? I told Vince “STOP! I’m paying him for his opinion . . not you for yours!” 🙂 The doctor laughed and they continued discussing between the two of them what might be causing my pain in the butt red eye.

So, tonight, I will sleep without my memory foam pillow and I will not be happy about it!

By the way, the pupil was fine today. The doctor thinks it was just something (hair spray, Windex, perfume .. something I was using yesterday) that got in my eye. It dilated just fine and performed perfectly today. He’s sure it’s some kind of allergy . . probably isocyanate . . whatever that is! Sounds like a conspiracy against my beloved pillow if you ask me!  I’d still like to know why my right eye is allergic and my left eye isn’t!

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    Peggy says

    I’d love to know what kind of computer Vince did get. And where he bought it. I’m in the market for a new computer right now. I’ve got a laptop, but I’m considering a desktop. I’m trying to figure out all the details: what to get, what brand, and from where. I’m taking all the advice I can get. I’m sure there other readers of your blog who’d like to hear as well.

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    Sheila in Ohio says

    Omigosh, I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard at one of your posts!!

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    AnnMarie says

    My goodness, that was way too funny! I had to call my long haul trucker husband and read it to him. Hope you get your pillow back soon!

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    I wonder why you managed to get an appointment on the same day as all the weirdos in three or four states also had appointments?

    I hope your eye is okay, but I loved the rush of wondering about what you’re going to do with all your fabric and get your son through college. That sort of stuff happens to me, too!

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    Peggy says

    I can’t believe I didn’t tell you how much I enjoyed the laugh I got from reading your post. And I am so glad you are OK. I guess you could tell I’m obsessing over getting a new computer!

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    Tricia Sagen says

    Don’t bodies drive you crazy?! I am just glad that you are feeling better…even if that means you won’t be leaving your fabric to me!
    Take care of the rest of you,too!

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    Sorry to laugh at your troubles, but LOL!!! I hope you get to start using your pillow again soon – if you sleep on your side, that might explain why it was only one eye that was affected (if, indeed, the problem is related to your pillow!).

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    Well, I got totally scared and worried about the pupil dilation, and you know why! I’m so glad everything is fine today. And I laughed out loud at your experience at the doctor’s office! Poor Vince? No way! He deserved that singing!! LOL

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    Too funny, Judy, why do we continue to experience all of these weird symptoms, gets worse the older we get!

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    pdudgeon says

    LOL, yep been there.
    in my case it was misdirected underarm spray that put me out of commission for a day. duh.

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    Marla says

    Your talk about warranties brings to mind my experiece with Sherwin Williams last year. My house was painted 5 years ago with the best paint that Sherwin Williams had at the time with a 20 year warranty. Ok, so the paint on the house was peeling so we went to see about what the warranty could do for us and was told that nothing could be done as the peeling was probably from the painter not doing adequate prep work before painting it. (IT WAS!) Anyway, couldn’t prove it so therefor why have warranty on paint? Duh!

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    LOLOL a guy was SINGING in the waiting room?? Oh my gosh my DH would have died. Hope it is just an allergy and as simple as a pillow. The alternative sounds really scary!

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    Oh Judy you made me laugh so hard! I cannot believe that man was singing in the waiting room! I would have wet my pants laughing; I cannot hold my feelings and poor Vince…I would have gone in with you too! I hope you get your pillow back tomorrow…I bet it is not the pillow!!!

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    Thank God your eye is okay. Scarey thoughts to have. That’s the price Vince had to pay to get a clean bill of health for you.

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    That’s too funny!

    I’m glad your eye problem was an allergy and not a tumor. I would think like you…if the right eye is allergic, why isn’t the left one? Weird, huh?

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    Soooooo, lemme get this straight: He wants to spend big $$$$ on a big ol’ television that’s not even wanted but has a problem with a pillow that’s loved. I’m seein’ man logic here and it’s givin’ me a headache.

    I’m glad your eye is ok. Let us know how it turns out.

    Love ya, 8^)

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    Now that I’ve stopped giggling I can type…really don’t mean to laugh at you, but I was picturing your son being sung to in the waiting room and I simply couldn’t control myself! Hope you can keep your pillow!

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    I love my memory foam pillow too – I don’t travel with it so I’m really looking forward to sleeping in my own bed tonight with my pillow!