... is you become a great keeper of secrets. You hide things. You become an actor... try to pretend (sometimes with every ounce of your being) that everything is all right. My current role involves faking being able to see clearly. I don't remember when the last time was I had my eyes examined, but I'm pretty sure it's been over a year since my eyeglasses were replaced with stronger prescription lenses. Today, my vision has become noticibly fuzzier with glasses on. I've cleaned them repeatedly over the past couple of days to no avail. I need new lenses. Constant headaches may be confirming this as well.
My daughter's don't complain that they've been wearing their last pair of contact lenses for well over the 30-days recommended amount of time (more like months and months over 30 day limit). Grateful my son recently qualified for health benefits through his job at the bookstore so that he could soon have his eyes examined and lenses replaced. Last time I bought him a much needed pair of glasses they cost over $400 without insurance.
*Keep in mind, I am a child of welfare, raised by a single, physically impaired mother and I never went without.*
There's one major reason why it's critical I work and earn money... to properly care for my kids; resume wellness and healthcare maintenance for us all.
Heaven help us.