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The other day I went with my coworker MJ to get her new pair of glasses. I thought, “self, maybe I should get my eyes checked and get shiny cute new glasses?” So, this afternoon, I went to get my eyes checked. And I possibly wanted new frames.

The issue is that my health insurance is United Health Care. And through their portal, I went to the “vision claims,” section and it said UHC Vision. So, I went to the store and told them I have UHC Vision. They said that must be part of a larger vision benefits plan. They guessed Spectera, they looked up my name, and lo and behold: I WAS THERE! So, I get my eyes checked. I give them the $20 copay. Then, they tell me that I have no allowance for frames or lenses. They tell me that lenses are $45 and they can give me a 15% discount on frames.

For a copay, MJ got a new set of glasses. So, I got my prescription and came back to the office to investigate. MJ told me where she got her benefits information on the site, and it ends up she has VSP. Wait, I have VSP too. Why do I have Spectera, also? Is it the same thing?

I called the glasses shop to confirm, and no, it’s not the same thing. I guess UHC gave us a secondary vision plan for exams, except I paid $20 with Spectera and VSP only had a $15 copay. It’s kind of really annoying to me. It shouldn’t bug me, but it does. The good news is, though, that I can go pick up glasses up to $130 in value for a $25 copay. Anything above that I get 20% discount off the amount over $130. That’s pretty decent.

I would get the lens on my current glasses switched, but there really isn’t much of a difference, the doctor says. Just some small tweaks. I just want some new glasses. I think they want me to get some new glasses, too.

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I have alternating pain from the mid back to the lower back (near my tailbone). It causes me to jump (when it’s bad) from bending at the lower back to wash my face at the sink. I can barely stand to bend to sit or put the pressure to get up. Standing causes no troubles.

Uhg. Sciatic nerve? Tight Hipflexors? Hamstrings? I don’t know.

Although I didn’t think it was from running, I think it was a combination of running and sitting. It bothers me the most when I sit on cushiony surfaces that are too low at a certain angle. It hurts!

I am creaky. Maybe I am old. ;_; it comes and goes. It was worse last Wednesday, but today my midback is a little achy.

I have been scouring the internet for advice. I know that it isn’t a good solution. I know this from my heart attack scare that was just heart burn (dude, I have never had heart burn and it was UNCOMFORTABLE). I have tried yoga poses (bridge, child pose, and half moon). I have tried strengthening lunges for flexors and hamstrings… and lower back strengthening by sort of flailing like a dead fish on my stomach.

I am not sure if this is all helping. HA HA HA HA. I am like a bad self destructive help example.