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Part of the reason I have not been writing

The last eye examination I had was in September of 2011. At that time I got a new pair of glasses, as well.

Because I have a service connected disability through my time in the military, I am fortunate to receive one free pair of eyeglasses every two years. However, when I was due to get my next exam and glasses, I thought I was living on borrowed time. I was overdue by two and a half years.

last Wednesday I went in for an eye examination. My prescription has changed somewhat, and it is no wonder I have had trouble reading. This is affected the amount of time I want to spend on a computer reading and writing.

I have a very up to date new pair of glasses coming within the next 6 weeks, which will be mailed to my house directly from where the VA has the glasses made. I am so looking forward to it, so that I can get back to a time when I can read and work on the computer easily.

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BarbRad wrote on February 28, 2016, 4:45 AM

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Gossamer wrote on February 28, 2016, 6:24 AM

We get free eye tests every two years, but not free specs unfortunately.

I was having trouble with my eyes yesterday. Not quite so bad today, but I must be about ready for a new pair of glasses.

jiangliu1949 wrote on February 28, 2016, 6:44 AM

I think It is a welfare and treatment only for demobilized soldiers.Hope you will be living on a lot more borrowed time!

MegL wrote on February 28, 2016, 6:45 AM

Getting a new pair of glasses after a while, especially when your prescription has changed can give you a whole new view of the world. I have found myself leaving the optician's with an uncontrollable grin on my face because the whole world suddenly looked brighter and more colourful.

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CoralLevang wrote on February 28, 2016, 10:00 AM

It is only because I have a certain percentage and service connected with my military time for the disability. I am very fortunate to have that as a an option. The glasses that I have available to me or not all that stylish, but they have one pair that's brand new that they had in there that actually looked pretty cool. I'll be glad when it comes in

CoralLevang wrote on February 28, 2016, 10:01 AM

The reality of it all is that we all are working and living on borrowed time! I think that's what life really is. We only get it for a little while. And I'm glad to have life!

CoralLevang wrote on February 28, 2016, 10:02 AM

I'm hoping I'll have fewer headaches and that I can see the computer screen better. This has been difficult these last few months.

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Are we even still able to earn anything here? I thought someone said that we no longer earn anything?!

CoralLevang wrote on February 29, 2016, 4:24 AM

I don't write here because I can learn something. I don't write anywhere because of the earning potential at all. I write because I love to write and I like to interact with the people that consider themselves a part of the community and enjoy being around the people they are with.

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I still have not gotten my glasses, nor have I been using my computer. I am at a library now, as we speak (I write).

CoralLevang wrote on March 1, 2016, 5:33 PM

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alexdg1 wrote on March 1, 2016, 9:02 PM

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And you really are a writer and not just somebody who talks about about the mundane. As you say writing is your day job. And as such you should do whatever you need to do. By the way I have thought about you a lot and wondering how things are going for you.