The thing is, though, my kids are probably up to date with all of their appointments. Of course Isabella goes for vision therapy once a week, Josh got a haircut yesterday and Emily’s arms are sufficiently waxed (don’t ask, it doesn’t make any sense to ask any questions of teenagers). Their physicals are all up to date, their eyes, ears, noses, throats are a-okay. They make it to every dentist appointment and every orthodontist appointment.
That’s the thing about working mothers
(well, that’s the thing about mothers)
(well, that’s the thing about parents)
(well, that’s the thing about busy people)
(well, that’s the thing about people)
Self-care is often that one thing that gets pushed to the bottom of the list. Pathetic case in point: Last week I went for my first pedicure in over a year (my first pedicure that wasn’t done by one of my daughters) and the only reason I went was because my colleague Nicole decided to go shopping instead and already had the appointment booked and paid for it. Fiiiiiiiine, I said. And I went.
But this is a goal for 2016: TAKE CARE OF MAMA.
I booked a wax last week. I am going to get blood work done next week, and have a full physical the week after. This past Friday I went to the Pearle Vision at Scarborough Town Centre to see a (really smart wo)man about my eyes.
It had been over two years.
I want to say this, first and foremost, the #1 excellent thing about my experience: You can book your appointment online. Do you hear me working mothers, mothers, parents, busy people, people? YOU CAN BOOK ONLINE. You don’t need to find a number, you don’t need to call anyone.
Next, excellent thing #2: The doctor explained everything to me. For me, this was huge. Did you know WHY they dilate your pupils at the eye doctor? I didn’t. Do you know what that weird puff of air is for? (PS. they have to do mine about 14 times since I’m Miss Blinks-a-lot) Now I do. I even got to see giant photographs of my eyeballs, which I found to be incredibly helpful and comforting when the doctor explain the health of my eyes. Dr. Wong pointed out my healthy blood vessels and talked to me about my astigmatism and why contact lenses often feel super uncomfortable in my eyes (Read: I want to rip them off of my eyeballs after four hours of wear).
Excellent thing #3: While choosing glasses, I was given both fashion and practical advice which is how I ended up buying the Ray Bans in the YOUTH section of the store instead of the buying the exact same pair (for more money) in the adult section. And I made use of their 2-for-1 deal and got my first pair of prescription sunglasses which now I’ll just have to learn do not get thrown to the bottom of the Mary Poppins bag to die a slow and painful death alongside the half-eaten cheese crackers and spare change.
Up next for me: I will be making an appointment to see a man about that pesky tooth. (Please pray that it’s just TMJ)
There are nearly 600 Pearle Vision eye care centers located throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico where you can book an appointment online — what’s *your* excuse?
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