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Adventures with Mom: The Eye Doctor

January 21, 2013

Mom has been getting treated by one eye specialist for macular degeneration in one eye. Today we are at a different eye specialist for another issue.

Mom: I don’t know why he keeps giving me those shots.
Dr. Qiu: They are to help your eye. You’re lucky they have them now. A few years ago, they didn’t exist and there was nothing we could do.
Mom: But my eye isn’t getting any better.
Dr. Qiu: Sometimes the best we can hope for is that it will stay the same.
Mom: Then why do I have to get the shots?
Dr. Qiu: The shots help your condition.
Mom: But it’s not getting better.
Dr. Qiu: You’re really not getting this, are you?
Suebob: The shots are keeping it from getting worse.
Mom: I guess there’s nothing they can do for me.
Dr. Qiu: Like I said, you’re lucky they have the shots now so you don’t get worse.
Mom: I don’t know why.
Dr. Qiu: I think we’ll just write the prescription for your new glasses, okay?

  1. January 21, 2013 19:34

    I wish there had been shots for my mom 10-15 years ago.

    • January 22, 2013 06:35

      I found out yesterday that mom probably would be even better off if she had taken the medication the doctor gave her. Which she didn’t, because she “doesn’t believe in taking too many things.” She FILLS the prescriptions. She just doesn’t take them. It makes me want to stomp both feet.

  2. January 21, 2013 22:25

    Glad your mom has good eye care. It IS amazing what can be done these days–and congrats on the new family member, too!

    • January 22, 2013 06:36

      Her doc is so great. He worked SO hard on my dad, who had multiple eye issues. We went every other day for 6 weeks, then twice a week for another month, then once a week for a month after that.

  3. January 27, 2013 09:15

    How frustrating. I loved this though. Reads like something Larry David would write.

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