He’s only run into one thing so far.

This morning we went to the eye doctor and had my son fitted with his contact lens for his left eye.  Let me just say, there is nothing more nerve wracking than trying to get a contact lens out of someone else’s eye. 

The boy was a trooper, and didn’t even squirm much when we all huddled around him and watched the eye doctor insert a contact.  Nor did he complain when I tried to take it out, and then reinsert it.  The boy put his hands firmly in his pants — to keep from pushing our hands away from his head — and only said, “I’m holding my eye open,” over and over again.  He didn’t yell, he didn’t scream, he didn’t even stay STOP.  He just repeated his little mantra and hung in there.  Brave boy.

After we paid the eye doctor even more money — I think I’m going to just give him my bank account number and let him help himself — we went to the store to buy my son an eye patch.  I bought some adhesive ones that are like band-aids for his eyes, but I also bought him an eye patch, pirate-style.  He got quite a kick out of wearing it.  Well, he did until we encountered someone who told him he looked like a pirate and asked where his sword was.  But he does not want to wear the adhesive patches because he’s scared they’ll hurt when it’s time to pull them off.  He can’t stand to tear a band-aid off of himself.  I know he’s thinking that one on his eye would be even worse, and I totally see his reasoning there.

He’ll have to wear the eye patch anytime he’s not in school for the next month or so, until we go back to the doctor.  If his “bad eye” improves, then maybe he can stop patching his good eye.  But we’ll just have to see.

So until then, he’ll continue to be the scourge of the seven seas. 

(Oh hush.  You’re just lucky I’ve refrained from making pirate jokes until now.  Because I’ve got a lot more, trust me.)


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Dad on 03/21/2008 at 3:34 pm

    I have been checking and found that this ‘good eye, bad eye’ thing is quite common. I believe Tia wore an eye patch (with glasses) but I could be wrong. Maybe she will chime in and correct me.


  2. Posted by Kari on 03/22/2008 at 10:51 am

    Tia did wear a patch when she was little, I think she was 3 or 4 years old. She kept losing her glasses!


  3. Hi E.
    My daughter Emily is (supposed to be) wearing patches over her eye too. She’s scheduled for surgery in a month – she has very poor vision in one eye and it caused her eye to cross inward from the effort of focusing.

    Anyway, I just wanted to tell you that the stick-on ones do hurt to take off. She’s a trooper about the patches when they’re on, but hates to pull them off (the poor little thing just turned 3 this week). If your son’s wearing the pirate one well, I’d stick with that. Good luck with everything!


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