Friday, April 27, 2018

Driving #1

So I am 30 and I have never had a drivers license. I got my permit when I was 17 like every one. Bought a car when I was 18. And took one drivers test once. I failed it because I lived in a tiny town and I was never taken to a big town to drive, so I had no idea what a turning lane was. Then a few days after failing the first attempt my Implanted Defibrillator went off. That means my licence and permit was revoked for two years, no questions asked. Then about two years and a month later it happened again and again. When I moved to Pittsburgh I was still under a medical block for driving and after that I never really got around to getting a licence when the block was lifted. Well last month I decided it was time to try again, It has been quite a long time since my last Defib and I am pretty stable right now. So I looked into how to do it here in PA. You need a medical check up and paper work for that to take to the dmv. So I printed that all out and sent it to my PCP. He said my last check up was close enough to work. He filled it out and sent it back. So day before yesterday I go to the dmv. I am thinking something will be wrong with my proof of address or medical release because of my past problems or something. Or I just might not pass the little knowledge test you need to get a permit. But no, I go to the counter, hand them my paper work, all is in order. The lady says please look into this and read the third line. I look into the eye test and see nothing but blurs. I say that, honestly being important and all. She has me look into another one, same thing. So I failed the eye exam. Now she hands me this paper and says, sorry we cant proceed in tell you get a full eye exam.

So I go home, and start calling my insurance to see if I am covered. Turns out I am covered, so that is amazing. I ask them where would be a good place to go and they tell me a place close to where my GF works so after we go pick her up from work we head to the eye exam place. They drop me off and go do other things and I head in. Get all my insurance and paper work done. Now it has been 10 years since my last eye exam but then I had 20 20 in both eyes, amazing vision. So he turns on the test thing has me look at a mirror and asks me to read some lines. Nope cant see any of them, he goes from one page to another page the blurs are getting bigger but still completely blurs. He finally gets to the very last page, for those who have never seen a multi page eye exam the last page is just the top two lines on a older slandered eye exam. The line with three letters and the line with two letters. And those letters are HUGE. Can not make out the second line, if I force my eyes a little I made out the first line. We both look at each other and all I can say is, well guess the dmv was right. So then we start the is this lens better or this one. After a few minutes of that were finished. Turns out with out corrective lenses I am legally blind in one eye, and half as bad in the other. 20 200, that is very bad sight. Luckily with lenses I will have 20 20 vision.

The only thing that still gets me is how can I have gone from 20 20 to 20 200 in ten years, and just not noticed. I mean when did I stop being able to read signs that where thirty feet away and why did I not care that was true. Its crazy to me. But that is how it happened. Ether way I will get my glasses in a few days. Ten days from the exam or less they said. Then I can try for my permit again.


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