My theme for the Blogging with A to Z Challenge is - Journeying Through the Unknown.
Today, a story about eyeglasses. Such a common item, but even something like eyeglasses can turn into an experience when Bil is involved.
For years, my brother in law "Bil"wore the same pair of glasses. He is autistic, and change can be traumatic for him.
We would travel to where Bil and my mother in law lived, about 150 miles from our house, several times a year. We never questioned him wearing what seemed to be the same glasses year after year.
We figured that Bil seemed always to have the same frames because he either didn't need new glasses or he insisted on using the same frames for new prescriptions. Or maybe he was able to find frames that looked like what he had been wearing for many years. And I do mean many years.
In 2015, we had to move Bil and his mom up here, near us and another family member, because of my mother in law's declining mobility, and for other reasons. Sure enough, about two months after the move, Mil had to be hospitalized. A stint in rehab followed, so we were very much in Bil's life.
One day, he presented us with his glasses. The frame had broken.
We managed to find a place that would fix it, but, in questioning his Mom, my husband discovered that Bil not been to an eye doctor. For many years.
(insert some guilt here, but nosense in guilt, we must move forward.)
We had to get Bil to an optometrist. Bil agreed to be examined. The optometrist found Bil needed new glasses, all right. In fact, he needed bifocals. Fortunately, there weren't other issues.
Bil got his glasses But then, shortly after, we noticed he was back to wearing the old, obsolete glasses. We told Bil that he had to wear his new glasses. On further investigation, we found he was having trouble getting used to them.
Because of cost, we had gotten lined bifocals for him (he has no vision insurance). With (pun intended) 20-20 hindsight, perhaps we should have spent extra money on no lined, which would have been easier for him to adjust to.
And then the old glasses he insisted on wearing broke again....
I don't know yet how this situation will resolve itself. Just another day in the life.
That's how it goes.