Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Keep calm and patch on

While everyone else in NC yesterday was stocking up on bread, milk, (and wine) and anticipating the closing of school for the coming snowpocalypse, I was nervously monitoring the situation to make sure we would still be able to make Drew's 8:00 am eye appointment at Duke.

Trying to reschedule would be akin to trying to find a loaf of bread at Wal- Mart right now.

Thankfully, the weather cooperated, and we had a safe, dry ride to Durham.

Today's visit was to check the progress we are making with the patching. As the doctor said at our visit in December, patching is hard and you want to know it's working-- even if that means going in every two months.

For a complete run- down of Drew's eye story, you can go here.

It's been quite a journey, especially since we started patching in October.

We are supposed to patch two hours a day, every day.

Most days we remember.

Most days he cooperates.

Some days he cries.

Some days I worry...

But, today, I was reminded why we keep on keeping on.

Today we learned that Drew's vision in his weaker eye (with his glasses on) has gone from--

20/150 in October


20/70 in December


20/40 today!

The patching is working!

I must admit there were times during the exam when I got nervous, like when the technician showed him this image:

...and Drew hesitated.

Then I realized the problem had nothing to do with vision. The only phone this kid has ever used looks like this:

So, even though we clearly have a member of Generation Z, we can say--

Yes, the patching is working, so we patch on.

We are going for 20/20, with glasses, in his weaker eye. Once we're there, we'll wean off the patching and hope we are three out of four who holds steady without further patching.

The glasses, however, won't go away. He's still farsighted with astigmatism. But, according to the doctor, he should still be able to get contacts one day since we have closed the dramatic difference in his two eyes.

All in all, it was good news. And, as now is our tradition, we celebrated-- with a trip to Chick- fil- a and the toy store!

And, we were back home with our bread, milk, wine with our new puzzle before we got another surprise: a really big snow in NC!

1 comment:

Rory Bore said...

that is great success!!
good news.

Ha - laughed at the phone bit too. my kids would not know what a real phone looks like either. except that one from Toy Story.

Wow! you did get some snow!
I feel a strange new bond with you now. LOL

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