Relieved …

Reese went back to her ophthalmologist today and the appointment went great. Two months ago Reese was diagnosed with Exotropia. It’s a form of Strabismus or eye misalignment. In its’ simplest terms it is known as a wandering eye. I noticed it after she was sick twice in about a month. Luckily I had already scheduled her an appointment with her doctor so we didn’t have to wait a long time to be seen. At that time, her doctor said Reese was controlling the Exopropia very well but that she would need to start wearing glasses. And, if the glasses didn’t work, she might need surgery to correct it.

EEEEEEK. Surgery?!?!

I’m sure you can imagine how worried I’ve been these past two months. I had Reese’s glasses ordered the day we left that visit and she was wearing them within a few days from that. She had about a two week transition period and then it was like she has been wearing them her whole life. PHEW.

Today Reese had her re-check her doctor said that she was doing so well that he didn’t feel he needed to see her again for a whole year. WOW! He said that her glasses appear to be helping, that Reese is still controlling the Exotropia very well and that he saw no need for surgery at this time. THANK YOU GOD!

I appreciate this doctor so much. He has been Reese’s doctor since she was just hours old. The first time he saw her was in the NICU and he has given me so much peace of mind ever since. He has never let me worry unnecessarily and makes sure that he only tells me things once he is 100% sure of what he finds, good or bad. So when he tells me something I trust him enough to I believe it.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you feel relieved!!!

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A blubbering mess …

Perhaps scheduling Reese’s appointments to see her specialists the two days before the 24th anniversary of my mother’s passing was a bad idea. Don’t get me wrong, they went great! Reese picked out some adorable purple glasses with hearts on the side that should correct her vision. YAY! And her cardiologist couldn’t have given me better news. PRAISE GOD! I am a great case manager and I had worked long enough in the medical field to know my way around most specialties. So I usually can put up a pretty good strong front through most of these appointments. I am Super Social Worker Mom, with nerves of steel, wisdom beyond my years and complete level-headedness. But not these past few days. Good grief!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you aren’t a blubbering mess!!!

A dream filter …

I’ve been wearing my glasses a lot lately. Which also means I take them off a lot. I only need them for distance. I still wear my contacts but I have found that since I got sick in October that I see much better up-close without them. Weird, but true. However, this can be quite shocking when I forget to put them on after reading and just start walking around like a normal person. Whoa!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you don’t feel like someone suddenly switched you to a dream filter on a photo-editing app!!!

A really cool guy …

Happy Father’s Day everyone! My dad was a unique soul. A rock musician most of his life, then a photographer after becoming blind. Yep, you read that right … BLIND! He was still able to see some light after a rare ocular melanoma and subsequent surgery took his sight. He described his remaining sight as if he was looking through a clear shower curtain with Vaseline smeared all over it. My dad loved photography but never thought it would be an option for him again, but it was! He persevered and began photographing what he could see, shadows, light and darkness. The results were simply amazing. Sadly my dad passed away a few years after being diagnosed and losing his sight. I am thankful that he didn’t let his disability stop him from seeing the beauty in the world around him and that he was so willing to share his perspective with others. His legacy remains one he can certainly be proud of. I know that I sure am. 

Well, I hope you all have a day where you celebrate a really cool guy!!!