Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Part Two ; My boy wears a patch

Here is what he looks like now for 6 hours every afternoon. I'm not going to say it hasn't been a struggle.

It turns out that one of Curtis' eyes is much stronger than the other. In fact, the weaker of the two even 'wanders' on occasion. Because of this we need to cover the better of the two eyes thus forcing the weak eye to work and build the muscles bigger.

It's hard for him because he is stuck using a very blurry very weak eye. It's hard for me because I hate to see his beautiful face covered by this patch and the glasses. I just want to rip it off and hold him and protect him from all the things that hurt, but I know that this patch is what he needs. If he was to skip wearing the patch he would continue to favor the other eye to the point where the weak eye would eventually become usless and possibly even cross in completely.

So you can see why it is very important for him to wear his patch each afternoon, but I'm sure you can also see why it is not a fun transition for him and for us as his parents. We are keeping a sticker reward chart and trying our darndest to make it fun and put a positive spin on it, but I'd be lying if I told you I'm not hoping beyond hope that when we go back in September that they tell us it has healed and that we can go down to maybe 2 hours a day instead of 6.

On top of it all you might be able to see his fat lip in this photo too. Poor guy can't catch a break. While playing at the playground on a balance beam while wearing the patch he fell and busted his lip pretty badly. The lesson learned here was, no balancing activities while wearing the patch.


Anonymous said...

Hey Tara I was just checking your blog and notice Curtis got glasses and a patch! Kaylee (who is 3 now) just got glasses too. She was turning her left eye totally in while keeping her right eye straight so I took her in. Turns out she's very farsighted in both eyes plus the eye turning thing. They only prescribed glasses though and no patch and we go back in Oct. It was really hard to see her have to get glasses so I know it must be really hard for you to have to watch him wear a patch too. I hope he does well with it and it improves quickly. He sure is cute in his glasses! That's funny that they are spongebob, Kaylee insisted on Disney Princess glasses LOL.

Staci (Dec Group)

Taradactyl in a Modern World said...

Awww, thanks for the love Staci! Hope she likes her princess glasses and that things work out for you guys with it all.

Karen L. said...

I am finally getting the photos from your blog on my computer. Yea! But .... poor little guy! When this is all over and he can see well again, you will be glad you did this and so will he. Not only that but there will be stories to tell later in life!!! Stay strong!