Weighing the Odds
Well, Dave left last Wed. I had Ana take him as I doubt I would have even slowed down at departures. I doubt I will ever get used to this commuter marriage thing. It took a call to Group Health customer service to get his doctor’s release faxed to Lockheed and then signed off on by the flight surgeon. He’d been trying for several days. He never did get an MRI on his shoulder because the records for the ear surgery he had twenty years ago are in a warehouse in Tukwila along with the Lost Ark of the Covenant. We did find out that Group Health will pay for physical therapy and acupuncture in AZ so hopefully he will get some relief for his shoulder and some rehab for his knee.
Last Friday I had my consultation with the Group Health ophthalmologist who specializes in treating occluded veins in the eye. The treatment involves injections into the eye once a month for one to two years and has a 50/50 chance of helping and a one percent chance of hurting. Left alone the eye might stay stable (as long as my blood pressure is stable) or it could get worse. Swell. Right now I am scheduled for the first treatment this Friday to which I am looking forward to like—well, a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. Ana is taking me and hold my hand. I’m not impressed with the odds or the idea that I could devote a couple of years to getting my eye poked and be no better off than I am. And then there is the question that nags me: if I get my eye poked with a needle does a voodoo doll somewhere feel it?