Saturday, December 29, 2012

The gift of Vision

"I can pass this test with my eyes shut", said B, as she climbed up into the oversized exam chair.  

I watched my very confident little girl take to the chair like a pro and read off letters that were (mostly) correct.  This was going to be a good visit. I could feel it, I hoped it. I had every finger and toe crossed.

Despite getting a letter home the week before last from the school about a sub-par school vision screen, my daughter had been making steady progress at the eye doctor. We had been down to a minimal 2 hours worth of patching a day and at our last visit he had mentioned the possibility that she could be done patching very soon.  Like every visit, as we got in the car to head out she told me... "Maybe today I will be done patching".    Those words always put knots in my stomach because it has never been the case. At best, it has been a reduction in hours. But, more often that not - the drive home was long and abysmal with a sad little girl in tow.  As always, I hoped for her sake, and prayed that this visit would end of a high note.

And so there she was, sitting in the chair across from my daughter who had performed very well on all aspects of her vision exam. He said those words... those magic words..  The words my daughter has waited for for almost 4 years.

"How do you feel about stopping the eye patch?". 

Yes!  My daughter screamed and cheered.   She hopped out of the high exam chair and danced around the exam room.   It was the best news ever.

No patch for Belle!

She will go back for Re-check in 3 months.

Best belated Christmas gift ever, for my little girl!

We are so excited to be welcoming in 2013 without the eye patch. 

Monday, December 17, 2012

We're "back"....

So sorry I have been MIA.  Life has begun to resume more normalcy since our area was hard hit by Sandy back at the end of October.   Though our family and residence made it through with relative inconvenience (extended loss of power), our community was turned upside down so it has been a tough time for the kids and all of us.  School was out of session from before Halloween thru Mid November.

Belle has been continuing to patch just 2 hours a day and does it while at school in the morning.   She is scheduled to go back to the eye doctor over Winter Break, where she hoped to receive good news and be released from patching.  I remain hopeful but am starting to get worried.

On Friday they had a vision screening at school and she got 'red-flagged'.  The school nurse marked her for failing the test with her left eye.  I want to hope that the nurse or screener made a mistake.

I will be walking on eggshells til she goes for her appointment next week. I'm hoping she just needs new glasses...

Welcome back...