Our vision therapy experience so far… on littlefoureyes.com

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 isn’t healthy.

I should've been asleep an hour ago. Instead of taking care of myself, I spent a bunch of this Friday evening, when Cody and I are supposed to be relaxing and celebrating our wedding anniversary, scouring photos of Stella from the time before her patch, and shots from more recent times. You see, I read… Continue reading This isn’t healthy.

Rough patch

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

Takeaways from Dr. Susan Barry’s Web Interview (School Crossings: How the System Lets Down Children with Vision Problems)

First off, I have to admit that I entered the web meeting eight to nine minutes late. This will be the opposite of shocking to anyone who knows me. I was infuriated! I'd been anticipating this thing to a pathetic degree and just finished Dr. Susan Barry's Fixing My Gaze, a godsend of a book… Continue reading Takeaways from Dr. Susan Barry’s Web Interview (School Crossings: How the System Lets Down Children with Vision Problems)

Stella’s weighty two-year check-up.

So Stella had her two-year check-up today. She received two shots, a delicious wooden tongue depressor, fabulous height and weight percentiles, and a small bit of forgivable misinformation. I'm not sure how I will broach the latter with the doctor, but I plan to do that soon. To kick things off, he asked about Stella's… Continue reading Stella’s weighty two-year check-up.

Stella is two.

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.

Free webinar by Susan Barry: How the system lets down children with vision problems

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

Back into battle! I think I’ll call it “Operation Shark Patch.”

I'm not even going to pretend to be positive right now. I'll get there. But not yet. Because I've just been asked to do the equivalent of putting mascara on a shark. For hours each day. Yesterday we found out that Stella is starting to favor her right eye--her left eye is just ever so… Continue reading Back into battle! I think I’ll call it “Operation Shark Patch.”

Put me back together.

Cody, Stella and I were all over at Cooper's house the other day while his parents enjoyed a date night, an event that Cooper (Stella's best bud and play-date companion)  refers to as an "update," which really makes sense if you think about two parents going out and spending time together away from their one-year-old.… Continue reading Put me back together.

Strabismus confirmed. Glasses ordered.

On Thursday afternoon, Stella's eyes started rolling in again. All our questions evaporated. She has emerging accommodative esotropia. She really needs glasses. And that's that. So on Friday morning, we skipped Gymboree and went to find specs for Stella. She tried on three pairs. Go ahead and judge me--I've watched "Say Yes to the Dress"… Continue reading Strabismus confirmed. Glasses ordered.