Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Worth the "Weight"

Last night, Ron and I tried to get in a fancy Italian restaurant without a reservation. They attempted to turn us down very nicely at the door, but I countered that someone might call and cancel their reservation. "Well, ma'am... it's not likely tonight, it being Valentine's Day..." We said we'd wait. And about 5 minutes later, we were seated.

They had a specialized menu for the evening-- a five course meal for two for $60. We were served:
  • Freshly baked herb bread (which we dipped in olive oil and basalmic vinegar, of course)
  • A bottle of Martenelli's Sparkling Apple Cider
  • A full appetizer plate that included fried mozzarella sticks, zucchini somethings, and prosciutto
  • Not-from-a-can tomato basil soup
  • Caesar salad
  • Your choice of entree: prime rib, chicken, or salmon (all Italian style, of course)
  • Dessert plate with 4 different delights on it

I swear, I gained 10 pounds last night. It was the best dinner I've ever had, hands down. There was even a live accordian player walking around the restaurant. Very romantic!

In other news, I went for a follow-up visit with my opthamologist yesterday. He infomed me that I was a "borderline at best" candidate for lasik. So it looks like I'll be heading to see my sister's eye surgeon to get a second opinion as to whether or not I can ditch glasses/contacts for good. I figure if her eyes were worse than mine, and she's seeing 20/20 now, he most likely will be able to help me!

I got to thinking a lot last year after Katrina hit. There were so many people that were in dire straights because they didn't have the medicine they needed, or other medical necessities to be able to function in their daily lives. It made me realize that if there were any type of a disaster, and I were to have my glasses broken, or contacts lost, I would be functionally blind. I would not be able to take care of my family. And that is a sobering thought.

So I had a choice to make: do I pay off an attorney bill, or do I pay for eye surgery? After much careful consideration, I opted for eye surgery. Now I just need to find a surgeon that can actually work on someone who has eyes as bad as mine. Cross your fingers!


~Jennifer said...

oooh, I have been thinking about doing this too. It had never occurred to me that my vision might be too bad for them to fix my eyes, and I'd never thought about what would happen during a disaster if my glasses were broken. Scarey thought.

GreenJello said...

I guess there's one surgeon in the state of Utah who will touch eyes as bad as mine and my sister's... my glasses prescription, if you want to compare notes, is -13.25/+3.50 and -12.00/+2.00 (sphere/cylinder). I have the added bonus of having medium to severe astigmatism, so that complicates matters a bit, too. And since I wore rigid contact lenses for about 15 years, my corneas are thinned out. So I have a few marks against me before I'm even out of the gate. Better luck to you!