But, at our 6 week re-check - Belle continued on the improved path. The new stronger prescription is working and she "aced" the eye-chart. This time around, she asked for her father to take her to her appointment and she was so happy he was there to hear the good news that she could remain patch-free. We go back in December. This will have been the longest stretch of time for her without the patch since she was diagnosed around her 4th birthday. I am hoping that our "journey" may be coming to a close soon, though I'm told this is something that we'll need to watch and keep tabs on. Belle turns 7 in February. A lot of 'older' medical beliefs stated that if not corrected by that point, it would/could be a permanent loss. That is daunting, and I am glad that I continued to research and learn that children and adults well beyond the age of 7 can make progress.
Belle started first grade in September. After a summer of going to the library several times a week and reading, reading, and more reading - I have watched her become a little girl who loves to read and reads well. It is hard to believe she is the same child who struggled her entire kindergarten year with reading and writing. To hear her read a book independently... ah, I love it.