I've always been proud of my perfect vision. I've bragged about it openly, and came to appreciate it even more after Stella's visual challenges revealed the complexity and wonder of human eyesight. "I'm so lucky and blessed," I thought, darting my hawk eyes around to appreciate my crystal clear view of life. Turns out it's… Continue reading The eyes don’t have it.
Me: "Let's get ready for swim class!" Stella (pensive): "There are babies in the water... I'm a baby." Me: "Well, you're not such a baby anymore. You're getting so big!" Stella: "I'm getting HUGE!" Me: "Yes, you're growing every day!" Stella (dreamily): "I'm a flower." Me (smiling ear to ear): "Yes! You are."
Stella fell in love with Halloween. She said "Trick or Treat" and "Thank you" and "Happy Halloween" at all the right times. She noted and appreciated everyone else's costumes, even the less impressive ones. Like the dad whose costume was simply his regular jeans and flannel with an orange T-shirt featuring a simple jack-o-lantern face.… Continue reading Hoo! Boo! And booyah, too!
It happened in the glow of our large flat monitor with the two dead pixels, which have long taunted us with their bold red hue. Stella freaked out, both passionately and oddly, flailing her arms around her head and wailing out of apparent discomfort. A powerful emotional display for a fit based on what seemed… Continue reading A crime of passion. A lesson for us all.
My official assessment is that this week's in-office vision therapy went well. It was interesting, and eye-opening. (Once again I've let you down and resorted to puns.) Eye-patched Stella threw a couple blocks in frustration and engaged in impressive evasive maneuvers, but we managed to reel her back in while avoiding a fight. We totally… Continue reading Cirque de Okay
Just a note to say that if you are interested in how our first two weeks of vision therapy have gone, you can get the details over at littlefoureyes.com. I just wrote a post about how we wound up doing vision therapy at such a young age (24 months old), and the benefits and challenges… Continue reading Our vision therapy experience so far… on littlefoureyes.com
This is a rather tedious post. But I can't help it. Understanding Stella's visual issues involves a level detail that hurts my head. I have to give each individual brain cell a pep talk before attempting to absorb anything. Tomorrow, we will attend Stella's first session of vision therapy. I am nervous, excited and hopeful.… Continue reading Rough patch
Right before Stella began wearing her fabulous French glasses, we purchased this (currently sold out) onesie from Threadless: Soon after Stella started patching, I found this beauty at Hanna Andersson (we got the onesie but they make a shirt version, too): Who knew visual challenges would wind up being such huge fashion inspiration? But then… Continue reading Fashion visionary, so to speak
Stella turned two years old last week, during our beach vacation. She's still singing happy birthday to herself, talking about birthday cake, and reminiscing about blowing out candles and good times with her "Happy Birthday balloon with smiley faces." The balloon was accidentally released into the sky, but the sight of it drifting to ever… Continue reading Stella is two.
Here we go again. Like tube feeding, vision is an area in which children aren't getting the care and solutions they need and deserve. Stella just started patching, because her brain was starting to favor her right (strong) eye. And it's already become clear (fun with puns!) that without extra effort and research on my part, her outcome,… Continue reading Free webinar by Susan Barry: How the system lets down children with vision problems