Monday, October 11, 2010

Patching Progress - Finally we have some!

Saturday morning came around and I really wanted to sleep in but we had a 10am appointment to get to for Belle's eyes. It was her 6 week re-check, and I was nervous about it. At the last re-check since she started patching agressively again (6-8 hours a day) she hadn't made any progress. And, having just returned from vacation where my daughter diligently patched every day despite Disney, I really really hoped she would get good news. She woke up by 7am and was excited to go to her appointment. If there is one thing I'm very thankful, she loves her eye doctor and gets excited about going to her appointments because he is so nice.  So off we went.  She got lots of compliments from the office staff as usual about her outfit and coordinating patch, how pretty she looks in her glasses, and how much of a big girl she is and well behaved.  It makes me feel good to hear these things about her, because well - she makes me so proud. 

During the initial testing of her eye while she still had her patch on I could tell things were going well. She was reading things that she'd struggled with the last time around.  I could stop holding my breath and start to breathe a bit easier. After they unpatched her and tested both eyes and her good eye, the appointment continued on a very positive note.  We were all smiles today.

The patching is working. 

And because its working, we aren't changing what we are doing or scaling back at all.  I know Belle was hoping that the Doctor would tell her she could patch for less hours each day, but he didn't. He told her how great of a job she is doing and how she needs to keep on doing just that.  So we continue at 6 to 8 hours a day (and he said closer to 6 is fine)  and we go back in 6 weeks.

So we keep patching away, but we are filled with Hope! Because we have seen progress.


  1. That's great!!! I'm so happy for Belle!!! Yay!

  2. I'm so glad. She's a trooper ... and we need to get some patches in the mail!

  3. Yay, yay, YAYYYY~!!!

  4. It is such a joy to see kids with such motivation to be well... being positive is very important to get through a certain situation. I think the interaction between patients and his or her doctor is very important also. That way patients, especially kids, gain confidence and faith that they will make it and they don't worry too much.