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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Children and Glasses

I am happy to say I got both a picture and a FaceTime call with my little Angel on Monday night.  After I found out she had  astigmatism in both eyes and would need glasses I raced home after work and  immediately went digging through my drawers to find my old pair of glasses.  I thought that if Angel saw that I was wearing glasses she would want to wear hers too.  I found 2 pair of my old future goggles and decided I would pop the lenses out and wear them whenever Angel called.  I faced 2 dilemmas in this situation.  First, my prescription was so bad that when I put my glasses on I couldn’t see anything (remember I had corrective surgery).  I had to put each pair of glasses on and take pictures of me wearing them to decide which one I wanted to pop the lenses out of.  Second, the lenses were so thick they weren’t just going to POP out.  After looking at the pictures I decided on my old Coach pair.  It was around 5:20 and I started calling around to see if there was an eyeglass store close to my house that I could take the glasses to, to have them remove the lenses.  The closest place was 2o+minutes away and closed at 6:00.  I jumped in my car and flew there.  They heated the frames up and popped the lenses out no problem.  The lady asked me if I wanted the lenses and I asked, “Can’t you donate them to a school to be used as a microscope or telescope?”  “No.”  I told her to throw them away.  I didn’t want to put them in my car and risk the sun catching them and setting fire to my car.  That night when I FaceTimed with Angel I had my glasses on and told her that I heard she got super cool glasses and I wanted to be like her.  She didn’t have her glasses at this point.  So I guess all that was for not.  I did take the frames back to the eyeglass store and had them put clear lenses in so that I can wear them.  Hopefully, this will encourage her to wear hers.
Today Angel and her Dad went to pick up her glasses and to make sure they fit her properly.  He told me that when the lady put the glasses on her face she screamed “I CAN SEE!” When he told me this I started crying.  How long has she not been able to see?  I thought about when she would stand too close to the television and I would tell her not to stand so close because it was “bad for her eyes”.  There goes my Mother of the Year Award.  They called me on their way home from the doctor and in the background she was saying, “Look a building and there’s another building.”  It was like she was seeing things for the first time.  I am very thankful to her Dad who took action when he noticed her squinting.  So, day 1 she likes her glasses and is wearing them because they help her see.  Her Dad told me that she has done well wearing them and has only thrown them once. 

Some advice that I would like to give to parents is if you notice your child squinting, turning their head to the side when looking at things, standing too close to the television or not understanding things they see take them to the eye doctor!  It is so worth it.  The sooner the better.  It is too bad children can’t hook up to a computer and have a diagnostic test ran on them.  

Monday, July 15, 2013

Almost there!

July 15th already!  Where has the time gone???  I am almost through with my summer without Angel.  It has flown by!  2 more weekends and she will be home.  I am very excited to have her back as I have missed her very much!  I will admit that I am having a decent summer while she is gone, staying busy.  I took care of some personal stuff that I needed to do for a while and couldn’t while Angel was with me.  I have been hanging out with special friends, working out and just got back from a fabulous trip to New York City.  I know I mentioned that I would write but for one I haven’t had much to write about (lack of subject matter) and whenever I would sit down at my computer I would get caught up in other things.  Sometimes an hour would go by and I would think what have I been doing, doodling on my notebook?????

It has been 31 days since Angel left and I can count on both hands how many times I have spoken to her. Love that!  Today I found out that she has to get glasses.  I figured this day would come, just not this early.  I started wearing glasses when I was 11.  My mom, dad, sister and both my nieces wear glasses.  I wore my “future goggles” up until 2 years ago when I had PRK (see blog PRK and Lightning).  That is what I called my glasses because my eyes were so bad if anyone else put on my 
glasses they could see the future (not really but you get the point).  It made me sad to think that she is going to have to deal with glasses at such a young age.  It made me even sadder to know she was at the eye doctor without both of her parents. (I got a phone call this morning 30 minutes before the scheduled appointment, she is 4 hours away.)  I am sure getting her eyes dilated was pretty traumatic for her.  I wonder how picking out her frames went?  Hopefully, I will get a picture of her with them on or even better a FaceTime phone call.  Anyway, 2 more weeks and then things will be back to normal and I won’t have to deal with this for another year.   
2 MORE WEEKS!!!!!!!!