Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Aiden's Summer Patching

When Aiden was three, his left eye started turning in, so we took him to the best pediatric ophthalmologist in town.  We started treating his lazy eye first with glasses since he is also severely farsighted.  Four years later, his eye is still very weak, so for the summer, he has to wear a patch over the good eye.  What we hope will happen is that in a month, after patching for 4-6 hours each day, his eye will be a little stronger and we won't have to start eye drop therapy or worse, surgery.

As can be expected, the novelty of Aiden's patch wore off after a few days and there was increasing frustration with the amount of time he had to wear it vs. the time that Aiden wanted to play video games.  I mentioned before that we are able to break up his treatment time, so we do three hours in the morning and three hours in the late afternoon.  It's good that Aiden has a sense of time and can read a clock, otherwise, I would be going insane.  If this was Simon (my four-year-old), I would have stabbed my eyes out.  On our recent beach trip, Simon must have asked, "Are we at the beach?" at least 500 times before we were even an hour into the four-and-a-half-hour drive.

We ordered a box of 50 adhesive patches from Krafty Eye Patches.  When Aiden's package came in the mail, we had a great time picking out stickers at Hobby Lobby.  We also picked out a journal for him to put his patches in when he's done wearing them.

No matter how he chooses to express himself, though, I want his summer to be fun. Wish us luck!  It's going to be a long, hot summer.

(Aiden's first journal entry written wearing the patch. It says "June 15, 2010. Daddy beat the game." The game being Final Fantasy XIII. )

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