Jun 8, 2016

Behind Those Hazel Eyes

When school was still in session, Addison had her eyes checked. Unlike the first time her eyes were checked at Harmony, there was a problem this time. It was something to do with her gaze and it was recommended to us that she get her eyes checked. So now we had to hunt down a pediatric eye doc and have her looked at. Truthfully this was something I had been fearing for awhile now since the spots that were found during her MRI were found in her occipital lobe. That just meant it was even more important to get her checked.

I hunted down a place to take her but while we waited for this appointment, we saw the neurologist who took a look at her eyes. He didn't seem too concerned, which was a major relief for us but wanted to know the results of the appointment.

Leading up to the appointment I prepped Addison for what was coming including dilation of her eyes which she wasn't going to be crazy about. I explained to Addison what was going to happen and she seemed okay with it all. But I was still thankful Rob was going to take the afternoon off to come with us. I joked with him that if he was there, Addison would handle it all like a pro and Connor would just sleep through the appointment. But if I did it alone Addison would freak out and Connor would be awake and fussing.

I was really nervous about going to this appointment because I was worried about how Addison would do and I was even more worried about them finding something. But we away we went. We got in quickly and immediately it turned into a crying fest. She didn't want to take off her hat and sunglasses. She sat in a chair next to me in the exam room refusing to move no matter what we did. We couldn't convince her to sit in the exam chair by herself or even with either of us.


So the first part of the exam turned into a big bust as my frustration with her grew and her cries got louder. The optometrist came in and we decided to force the issue. She was scared of the chair so move her there whether she liked it or not and show her it was no big deal. That didn't go great seeing as she's 42 pounds of heavy and can become dead weight in a second. Rob handed Connor to me and he hurled her up. He got her to force on him and slow her breathing down. Luckily they had a movie going and she eventually calmed down. She was finally able to look at Addison's eyes.

Then the optometrist questioned if we thought dilating her eyes was a good idea. It was a regular part of the exam and it would give them more information. We decided we would give it a shot. We were there and we might as well try. When she left to get a nurse we told Addison once again what was going to happen. And although she did cry some, it was nowhere near what it was before. She calmed down quickly and happily went back to play in the waiting room while we waited for her eyes to dilate.

We returned once again and the next part of the exam went quickly and we were done. No more tears, big pupils, and a massive headache for me. But we survived.

I was relief when she said everything looked normal. She noticed no problems with her eyes at all. It might have just been that the school nurse - who had struggled to get the reading in the first place - had just gotten a weird reading. Her eyes were perfectly normal. We didn't need come back for another year unless we noticed an issue. It was seriously a big weight off my shoulders to know that everything was perfectly normal and we had nothing to worry about it. We know she has glasses in her future - with both me and Rob and in glasses, it pretty much puts bad eyesight in both of our kids futures. But for now she was seeing good, the way her eyes focused were normal, and there was nothing wrong with her gaze.

Comment below: Have you taken your young kids to the optometrist? How was your experience?

xo, B

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