- 5 years ago
- Wedding: February 2013
I feel somewhat silly for venting here because I know there’s nothing anyone can do to help my problem, but I’m so frustrated right now I feel like I need to vent so I don’t turn into Bridezilla.
A little background: My Fiance and I are getting married in 2 weeks, Immediately after that we are moving to a foreign country to do missionary work (something we have both done before in the past and loved, but never done together). We get married on a Saturday and leave that Tuesday. Now this is a 3rd world country mind you, so they don’t really have street names, much less addresses where you can send things.
I have horrible vision. Horrible is actually an understatement. I can’t see the “Big E” on the eye chart without glasses/ contacts. I’m on my last pair of contacts and have worn them longer than I should- trying to hold off on ordering new ones until I could be sure we would have enough savings left to stay down there as long as we want. Last week I determined we did indeed have enough money and tried ordering them from 1-800-contacts. It’s my first experience ordering with them and I didn’t know that they contact your doctor to verify your prescription.
Well, turns out my doctor refused 1800-contacts because my prescrip is expired… by one month. So my doctor’s receptionist calls me to tell me they need me to come in for a checkup before they can release such records. I explain the situation to her (that I’m leaving in a couple weeks and therfore need them ASAP) and she says she’ll talk to my doctor. She ends up calling me 4 times within half an hour to tell me various things, and to correct information she previously gave me. The last time she called I wasn’t able to get to the phone in time. So I call the office back. I’m transferred back and forth 4 times between the same 2 people as they try to figure out who talked to me (Seriously. We’ve had 3 conversations in the past 20 minutes. I’m the chick who’s leaving the country and needs my contacts NOW- how can you not remember me?)
They finally figure it out, and the receptionist again tells me to make an appointment. She says that unless I have a crazy prescription that’s abnormal they can guarantee the contacts will get here within one week, so 2 won’t be any problem. I patiently try to explain to her that I DO have a weird prescription they have to specially order and my contacts in the past have taken 3-4 weeks to get here (not enough time before I leave). She brushes me off, because obviously I’m just the patient, what do I know, and tells me to make an appointment and we’ll “play it by ear.” When you are on a tight budget, ordering something that costs $600+ and most likely won’t be delivered in time for you to use it, the last thing you want to do is “play it by ear.” But before I can say anythign she transfers me to make an appointment. I’m on hold so long I’m actually routed back to her. She puts me on hold again and this time I wait so long I’m transferred to voicemail. By this time I am royally pissed off and leave a message saying they wanted me to make an appointment, which I’m trying to do, but I was put on hold and then transferred.
They call me back and tell me the doctor won’t be in til Monday so they make me an appointment for first thing this morning.
That was last week.
Today I go to the doctor, and as soon as I walk in my doctor remembers me immediately. Apparently I have an abnormally high cylinder that makes me memorable. She is obviously not on the same page as her receptionist and when I say I’m leaving the country in 2 weeks and need contacts, she understands my dilemma immediately. She calls other places, and the manufacturer but because of my high level of astigmatism and weird eye shape, ordering them from anywhere would take 3-4 weeks. She tries to come up with a temporary replacement so I can at least wear new contacts on my wedding day, but that yields nothing. The only option is hard contacts, which I don’t want because I’m prone to lose mine and you can’t sleep in them or swim in them no matter what. Not that I sleep in mine anyway but that defeats the purpose of wanting them for the beach (where I am likely to take a nap). Glasses are pretty much a no since I won’t be able to wear sunglasses to protect my eyes from the bright sun (plus it’s so hot they tend to steam up and it’s just miserable). I’ll have to wear them though if that’s my only option, seeing as how I can’t even read the “Big E” when I’m not wearing them.
I’m now frantically trying to find someone who is going to down to visit us SOMETIME within the next few months to ship it to them.
The really aggravating thing about all this is my prescription is THE EXACT SAME. Meaning I just wasted an eye doctor visit (which my insurance doesn’t pay for) for nothing.
I guess I’m wearing my old contacts on our wedding day and praying that despite being forever old, they’ll still hold up okay.