Monday, May 11, 2009

Patching and Disney - are they compatible?

So... The Princess and the whole entire family have booked our family vacation. The last family vacation we took was in 10/2007 - though Belle did just go in February on a "girls trip" to Disney with me and her grandmother. It was right after we returned from that trip that she was diagnosed with amblyopia.

So, now - I'm trying to think about how to deal with patching on a Disney vacation and in the parks. Or, do I give her 8 days off from it? Do we patch her just during down time while we are back at our resort - except a lot of that time we spent at the pool in the past, so that wouldn't work. I'm worried about her safety and enjoyment with patching at the parks and on rides. I had a thought - maybe I'll patch her during meals... But, we do a lot of character meals and then she will have her patch on during Princess pictures, etc. Or, do we just take it one day at a time and try to get in as much patching as possible when its least invasive? I'm really not sure how we are going to do this. But, I am so excited to go on vacation again.

What to do? What to do?

Did your child wear an eye patch at Disney? I want to hear from you how it went. Did you use a GAC (guest assistance card) for accomodations like sitting closer in shows, etc (We use one for our child with Autism that bypasses lines, lets us sit near exits, etc)?

1 comment:

  1. As a mom who had to deal with patching and amblyopia, I was a firm believer in keeping the patches on according to the schedule. The doctor was adamant we stay with the schedule. As my daughter had significant improvement we made exceptions, and that was rare. We felt every time off the patch was another day of patching down the line. It is tough on kids to patch, but the results are worth it. We did not patch for school photos or other events that would harm her safety. Sarah even wore her patches playing little league softball and dancing.