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
Once in a while, Stella calls me "Amber." Deeply disturbing yet hilarious. Though, it totally sounds like she's imitating Cody. She'll be in the computer room yelling, "Amber! Amberrrr! I can't HEAR you! AMBER!?" Yep, sounds familiar. We finally programmed her obnoxiously chipper, stuffed pal Scout to say "Stella" and her favorite color (green), food… Continue reading Random Observations, because I’m trying to post more often
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.
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
It's official. Today, I scheduled Stella for weekly, ongoing vision therapy. I feel victorious! As in, "We're going to the Super Bowl, baby!" (I probably need to get out more.) You see, our second opinion (the first being Seattle Children's Hospital, where vision therapy was never mentioned, and the third being our current doctor) told… Continue reading Because we just can’t get enough therapy.
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)
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 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