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Ch-Ch-Changes! (Turn and face the strange...)

Posted on 2012.11.14 at 21:43
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I got contact lenses!  I'm wearing 'em right now! 

I never had an interest in getting contacts for regular, everyday wear because I have astigmatism in both eyes and for years they simply didn't make a contact lens that could correct it (mostly--my optometrist says I'll always see better in glasses).  Plus, I love wearing glasses.  I've had brainy specs since the 3rd grade.  My eyes are really poor and I wear glasses all the time except when I'm sleeping.  They're part of my face, y'know?  Plus, they're a fun accessory that I don't have to feel guilty about spending money on because I need them.  I can make a statement with my specs.  They're great.

So what changed?  Put simply, I got tired of not being able to see on Halloween.  Unfortunately, a vast majority of the characters I've wanted to cosplay as don't wear glasses, so I'm forced to either be inaccurate to the costume, or be unable to drive.  Or not be able to see faces from ten paces away.  So I finally got tired of having to live with those subpar options and got myself a trial pair of soft disposable contacts.  And it is weeeiiirrrd.  I mean, they're comfortable and I can see pretty well in them, but I keep reaching to adjust the glasses that aren't on my face. 

I just keep thinking that because I can see I must be wearing glasses.  It's so strange to see my face without glasses when I'm awake and alert and presentable.  And to be able to see that without having my nose almost touching the mirror.  I've already got the hang of taking the things out, but getting them in is still a little complicated.  Especially for my left eye.  And tonight my eyes feel really dry, which is making me feel as though I'm wearing an older prescription.  I can see, but everything is just a little less clear.  Lots of eyedrops happening tonight.  And the whole stick-my-finger-in-my-eye-without-crying-and-blinking thing is a challenge.  But I'm psyched.  Invisible brainy specs! 

But that's not all!  I also became a responsible lady and got my ladyparts examined!  And now, I'm trying out hormonal birth control, something else I had thought wasn't my style.  I'm only on Day 2, so the jury's still out on whether The Pill actually is my style or not.  I'm just hoping it settles down my lady organs a little bit.  After 14 years of really predictable cycles my body went and changed the routine on me a few months ago and I couldn't figure out why.  The lady doc and nurse practitioner just kinda shrugged and went, "yeah, sometimes that stuff just changes" and gave me a script for generic Ortho-Cyclen.  So we shall see what develops.  Hopefully it won't send me to Hormonal Crazytown, or make me turn into a blubbery blimp.  Or explode my heart.  But I'm mostly concerned about the first two side-effects.  I hate mental PMS symptoms with a passion (I get anxious, with occasional, short-lived bursts of RAAAAGE) and generally enjoy an easy-going, chill demeanor.  And I've worked really hard over the past couple years to drop and keep off about 20 pounds that had made me really insecure about my body, so as long as the Pill doesn't screw with either of those two things, I think we can make this work for a while (unless it spikes my blood pressure or something).  

And I made both of these changes on THE SAME DAY.  Everything is shiny and strange.  I kinda like it.


An Underground Traveller
alto2 at 2012-11-15 03:26 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, the transition to contacts is so wild! I remember being in awe of the fact that I could see without something sitting on my face. The other thing you may notice is that things look bigger. I noticed it in reverse a few years ago when I had to wear my glasses for about a week. I was looking at DVDs while I was shopping and thought, "Are they making the boxes smaller? Why do they look so small??" Then I saw a pint of Ben and Jerry's, and thought, "Dammit! They raised the price and made the container smaller! Those bastards!" Since this was on the same night, I grew suspicious, and sure enough, when I lifted my glasses and looked at the B&J without them, it was miraculously larger! Still messes with my head when I'm out in my glasses, even though I know that's all it is.

I hope the Pill works out for you. I have been on it since 1995, when I had a cyst that made life a living hell, and it has literally saved my life (or at least my sanity).
happydalek at 2012-11-15 18:59 (UTC) (Link)
Things look bigger?! For realz? Hah, I'll have to watch out for that one!

Thanks, I hope so too. I'm still not totally comfortable with the idea of artificially regulating my stuff, but on the other hand, there's no need to put up with my stuff not properly regulating itself if I don't have to. (Also, I'm really REALLY not keen on having kids anytime soon EVER, so it only makes sense that I should take responsibility to avoiding that. Like a girl scout: always prepared!)
An Underground Traveller
alto2 at 2012-11-16 02:07 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I hear you on not wanting to mess with hormones. Wasn't my first choice, either. The alternative, though, was worse--first, 15 years ago, it was the cyst, which left me in such agony that if someone had walked up to me with a gun I might have begged him to put a bullet through my head, and then last year, cauterizing the uterus--which just sounds like such a party, dontchathink? And that's before you get to the "you'll never be able to have kids" part, which, even though I'd never really decided if I wanted any, gave me mighty pause indeed.

So, yeah...sometimes the hormones are preferable to the alternative.

And yeah, I think there's something about having lenses right on your eyes vs. half an inch from your face that makes the sizes of things distort. I only noticed it with fairly small things like the ones I mentioned, but it did make me laugh.
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