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My Eyes and My Knee

August 10th, 2017 at 01:16 pm

My eye appointment yesterday went very well. I showed a little change in my distance vision but not enough to need glasses. The optometrist suggested I might get progressive lenses, though, so I wouldn't have to go back and forth with reading glasses. Really? Buy an expensive pair of glasses just so I don't have to put on reading glasses? Wouldn't even consider it. The appointment cost $20 - copay. That didn't seem right; I didn't think there was a vision option in my Medicare Advantage, but I didn't argue with them.

After the eye appointment I went to the physical therapist's and made an appointment for later in the day. After the evaluation, they signed me up for five more visits. I won't be paying that bill until they bill me. Usually that comes at the end of the series. But it will be $45 per session. Which I didn't think was so great until I saw the price chart and realized yesterday's visit would have been $261 otherwise!

The therapist is confident I will be feeling much better in a few weeks. He advised me to get an adhesive wrap, to use the bicycle at the gym five days a week, and to continue my strength training, while avoiding any movement that hurts. Also to use heat, not ice. He said my knees are structurally fine.

So, while I hate to spend this money, I'm glad I went, and I'm looking forward to improvement.

I bought the Ace bandage this morning with my Walgreens gift card, so it was free.

I signed up to be a mystery shopper yesterday. I am disappointed at the possible assignments, however. I would say 98% of them are for car repair, which I can't use right now. Well, nobody can, since the mechanics are all on strike! There were a few for retail stores, but so far away it wouldn't be worth driving to for the little money it pays. But I'll keep checking every day.

Variables are at 71%. I will have to buy more cat food before I leave on my Michigan trip on the 20th. I can't think of any other necessity, but I really want to see the movie "The Glass Castle" which is opening this weekend. And I still have my free popcorn coupon, which I couldn't use before because of app issues.

Meals today: Breakfast - oatmeal. Lunch - Pizza. Dinner - Cheeseburger. (Note: I didn't have the cheeseburger yesterday because the burger was still frozen.) Sides, of course, will be carrots and celery!

9 Responses to “My Eyes and My Knee”

  1. rob62521 Says:

    Glad you had a good report on your vision. Do you have cataracts or glaucoma? If so, that might be why your insurance my pick up the cost.

    Glad you are getting help with your knee and hope it gets better quickly.

  2. CB in the City Says:

    I do have the very beginnings of cataracts. And they always test me for glaucoma, which I don't have. Knock on wood!

  3. rob62521 Says:

    Hope you don't get glaucoma, but since you have cataracts, that is probably why they can bill your insurance. I have glaucoma, so I see the specialist 3 times a year to check on pressures.

  4. Laura S. Says:

    What companies did you sign up with for mystery shopping? I am more than willing to help if you have questions or need suggestions Smile

  5. CB in the City Says:

    I signed up with BestMark. Are there others I should check out? I've always heard there is are lot of scams with mystery shopping, so I'm cautious.

  6. Laura S. Says:

    Marketforce (marketforceshopper.com) is a good one to start with. If you have Meijer in your area, sign up with Northfork Research (http://www.northforkresearch.com/) as well. Pay starts low, but keep an eye out for bonuses as you gain experience. There are about 200 reliable companies, but I would start with those. Bestmark is good but 99 percent car related.

  7. CB in the City Says:

    Good to know! I like Meijer, having lived in Michigan myself, but the closest one here is 16 miles away.

  8. javascript obfuscator Says:

    I signed up with BestMark.

  9. Laura S. Says:

    It might be worth signing up, they often have heavy bonuses. I got an extra $50 for one 20 miles away last night!

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