We were up early yesterday morning because I had an appointment at the VA Medical Center in Daytona Beach for something called a field of vision test. I have rather large and abnormally shaped eyes, and every time I get an eye exam, when they do a pressure test they tell me they think I am a strong candidate for glaucoma. I’ve heard this since I was in my 20s, and a couple of ophthalmologists have told me that the pressure readings they are getting are within the acceptable range for someone with an eye shape like mine, but not for a normal person. Hey, I never claimed to be normal.
But just to be safe, every few months the VA wants me to come in and have a field of vision test. Basically, they put a patch over one eye and you look into a little screen while holding a clicker in your hand. Every time you see a light blink in your peripheral vision you push the button on the clicker. Then they switch eyes and do the same thing again. When I got done I asked the tech how things looked and he said I would have to talk that over with my eye doctor, whom I have an appointment with in early September. Okay, fine. See you then.
I have been switching more and more of my medical care from the VA to civilian doctors. I figure since the VA is now billing Medicare for my health care, I might as well save myself the drive into Daytona Beach and deal with doctors here in Edgewater and New Smyrna Beach whenever possible. But I’ve been advised to at least see my primary care doctor twice a year, just in case something ever happens where I do need to be enrolled in the VA.
On the way home we made a stop at the chiropractor so I could get an adjustment, then picked up some groceries. Back at home, it was time to put the finishing touches to my new computer installation.
I promise this is the last time I will talk about Steve in the blog, but I just had to tell you that yesterday afternoon I gave him a lobotomy. Or a brainectomy? Is there such a thing? Maybe I just invented it! I am a wordsmith, after all.
I had purchased a Sabrent hard drive docking station from Amazon, which is basically a plastic box into which I inserted the hard drive that I had removed from Steve, the old computer. It plugs into a 3.0 USB port on the back of the new computer, giving me a third hard drive, with access to all of my files without having to transfer them over. It worked out very well and will save me a lot of trouble.
My original plan was to just throw the old computer into the trash, but Miss Terry and Greg White said there are places that will take them as donations and recycle them or strip out the internal components. Since the hard drive is out of it, there is none of our information that can be gleaned by anybody, so I’ll check and see if I can find anybody who does that. If I can, it will be one less thing in the landfill. It’s always good to do whatever we can to help out Mother Earth.
With the new computer set up and working fine, it’s time to get back to writing. I’d like to get my next John Lee Quarrels book out no later than the first part of September. And I’ve got a lot of blogs to share with you about the things we saw on our recent trip out of town. I think you are going to find them very interesting.
Thought For The Day – My family is temperamental; half temper and half mental.