Gah! I can’t tell you how long I’ve been dying to use the above title for a blog post about Stella’s vision. Eons. For those of you who don’t know, “strabismus” (defined as “abnormal alignment of one or both eyes”) sounds a lot like “business” with a funny extra syllable in front. So there you go. Was going to save that tidbit up for my next big update, but it just couldn’t wait. I’m sure it’s been done before, because come on, it’s incredible, but I did technically think that up on my own without seeing it elsewhere. I refuse to google the phrase, so as to preserve the mine-ness. I’ve been copywriting for over a decade now in various capacities, yet somehow a good or perfectly goofy headline still makes my heart flutter. Yes, I just wrote a long paragraph about the headline of this post. And I wonder why readers aren’t flocking here en masse.
Oh right, I had a minor point. See the “Eyes” link above? Yeah, so I added a new vision-centric page to this blog so that interested people can find all the write-ups about Stella’s exotic-sounding visual conditions: amblyopia, anisometropia, accommodative esotropia, hyperopia, adorablyopia. Okay I made that last one up. And there may be others that I’ve forgotten and some that I’ve misspelled. But you get the picture. There’s a lot going on in Stella’s super cute eyeballs and we’re working really hard and I’ll be damned if no one else benefits from our saga. It’s like Star Wars, wherein amblyopia is the Death Star. Come to think of it, Darth Vader would make a kick-ass vision therapist. Tough-minded, thinks outside the box, and controls people with his mind? You’re hired!
Coming soon: I have some really exciting news to share from Stella’s recent vision therapy adventures. Like, crazy stuff that you might read about in science journals and marvel at the amazingness and plasticity of the human brain and how the hell did doctors and scientists figure out how to do all this stuff in the first place? This is boring to most people, probably. I’m a blogging failure in the general sense, but clearly I don’t care. I don’t need to reach a lot of people, though if this really is anything like Star Wars, I will. I just need to reach a few people in similar shoes, to help them a little bit, just because I can. If Stella’s story can benefit other kids, well, that’s what it’s all about! Sweet, sweet meaning.
To me and parents of kids whose brains are playing favorites with their eyes, this crap is more fascinating than you can ever imagine (I hope). Anyway, in addition to patching and whatnot, we’ve been doing more “advanced” therapeutic exercises. At the last appointment, it felt like we were really onto something. No, it’s not like Stella’s eyes are cured of any issues, but words like “dramatic” were tossed around. The impact of therapy could be much wider than I’d realized. I promise to write it up soon, because it’s really amazing and fascinating and my hopes rocketed up a notch or two, and my head will explode if I don’t write it all out.
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