Last week I mentioned that Ben had three doctor appointments in one week but I didn't mention what they were for. I wasn't sure I was going to talk about it, but y'all seemed genuinely concerned so I thought I would share. Besides, I think you would have caught on when you saw Ben in pictures.
Throughout all of the tests and uncomfortable eye drops Ben was such a trooper. He was getting pretty sick of all the testing but he kept up his usual jovial attitude like a champ.
The specialist did even more tests on Ben and determined pretty much the same thing the previous doctor had told us. His vision is good, his eyes are healthy, but the muscles aren't working together (it is called Esotropia). It seemed to affect his depth perception a tiny bit and he was slightly farsighted, but so are many kids his age. The specialist said that sometimes glasses can help the muscles learn to work together and sometimes it doesn't help at all and surgery is needed. Before we go on to surgery (ACK!) we are trying the glasses for a few months.
Ben was NOT happy to learn he had to get glasses. He was NOT happy trying on all the different glasses at the store either. Every time he tried a pair on he would say, "Everyone is gonna laugh at me." Made me so sad. Of course I tried to reassure him, but you know, kids are mean.
We ordered his glasses on Wednesday and at school the next day I let his teacher know he was nervous about kids laughing at him once he got his glasses. The teacher asked if it was okay to talk about it in class and prep the kids so that it would become something exciting for him. It worked. When I picked him up from school that day he said, "I wish I could get my glasses today!"
Ben has been wearing his glasses since Friday and now he is less enthused. He always tells me, "I don't wanna wear these stupid glasses but I know I have to so I'm just gonna try and be good about it." He is not a fan but he is such a good boy. I hope it is just an initial adjustment period and soon he doesn't even notice them there. For now we are working on getting him to look through the glasses instead of over the tops of them all the time.
His classmates were very sweet to him when he came to school wearing them today and that made him feel better. And his brothers have been a huge support to him too, telling him how cool he looks and that they want glasses now. That has definitely helped a bit.
Anyway, that is our medical update. I am hoping the muscles just learn to work together and he doesn't need the glasses anymore but that is highly unlikely. My gut feeling says that he will need the surgery which SUPER FREAKS ME OUT. Surgery on my baby's beautiful, blueberry eyes. *sigh*
In the grand scheme of things this is not a big deal. I know that. But it does make me worry. Cause, you know, that's what I do. I guess we all just want our kids to have carefree, easy, fun, happy lives every second of every day, but that's not life, right? Right. I guess that is why I've always loved the saying, Don't pray to have an easy life, pray to be a strong person. Very wise.
Thank you all for the prayers and good wishes! We'll definitely take 'em!
*On a funny aside, during Ben's eye test the doctor put images up on the wall for Ben to call out. When the doctor got to the airplane Ben said, "Ford tri motor!" The doctor kind of raised his eyebrows and looked at Todd and I and we just had to laugh. We said, "That is a type of plane. We just visited EAA." The nurse and doctor had a good laugh at that. They said that was a first. Hehe Such a smart, funny little Ben.