Friday, August 25, 2006

Elena and the "Dangerous Man"

Elena had her semi-annual eye doctor appointment this AM. She didn't mind this one because it was the "no drops" check up versus the one with drops. After another appointment in six months, she goes to yearly. It's the same doctor she's had since she was three and, although she no longer calls him a "dangerous man" any longer, she still isn't a big fan of his.

She's been wearing glasses since she was 3 years old due to one eye that drifted back and forth when she focused on an object. The pediatric ophthalmologist thought she would be done wearing glasses by second grade, but I had my doubts. Why? Because I got glasses in second grade and my husband got his in first grade and genetics generally rule. Well, I was right. I asked him today and he told me, "No, she'll always need glasses due to an astigmatism". I have an astigmatism and Mike has an astigmatism from hell (he can never get the eyeglass specials they have because his is so bad and it generally freaks eye doctors out when they examine him). Anyway, I was disappointed for her because I feel badly that she always has to wear glasses. Elena's reaction-"All right, I love wearing glasses-it makes me different from most of the kids in school"-that and the curly hair, but I didn't mention the hair. The other day she asked me if she could ever have hair like Ava "Long, smooth and blond"-I think the hair bothers her a lot more. So there you have it-I am feeling badly about it and she is thrilled. She might feel differently when she's older, but there's always contacts (which I can't wear-well, couldn't when I was younger, but maybe I can now-don't know-I only need them for driving or watching TV anyway)and maybe by the time she's a bit older, the laser surgery will have been perfected and she may want it. As far as she's concerned, glasses rock and she loves them.

I want to note that although I had glasses since second grade, I never, ever wore them until I was about 20 and started having trouble reading street signs when I was driving. I only needed them for distances and in class, I just sat near the front and even from the back it wasn't so bad. I had an eye exam every year or so as a kid and did get new glasses every couple years, but usually just put them in the case and tossed them in a drawer. My brother wore his a little more, but not much. Now, he wears his all the time, but I can't crochet or read with them on. The ironic thing is that, if I put on my brother's glasses, his script is the exact same as mine and I can see perfectly with them and it's been like that since we were kids. Our right eye is worse then the left-basically 20/20 in the left eye. Just a freaky little note.

I have a orthopedic/neurology appointment this afternoon for my shoulder and neck. I am hoping for the cortisone injection because honestly, I can even lift my left arm over my head anymore or sleep on my left side-which kinda stinks. My neck bothered me a little, but after the surgery in April, things got really bad. Apparently, when they strapped me down for surgery, they pulled something. I complained about it really bothering me, but they pooh-poohed it and knocked me out and well, they suck. I didn't realize how damn bad it had gotten until I was off the steroids and then it flared up. Chiropractic adjustments made it worse. It's either a bursitis or torn rotator cuff and I guess I'll find out today. Yep, I am falling apart.

8 comments:

ladylinoleum said...

Would you believe that I have the exact same thing you guys do and have been wearing corrective lenses since age two as well??? I wore contacts junior high thru my early thirties. Now I don't give a shit about vanity so I wear my glasses more. My glasses have sparklies though...

ladylinoleum said...

Oh and I meant to say that Elena reminds me a lot of myself at her age. Curly brunette hair with glasses. She's adorable. Much cuter than I ever was!

Kari said...

I once had a eye dr tell me my eyes were so bad if I were a horse they'd have to take me out back and shoot me...
only time I ever went to him too... lol wonder why?

I am waiting for my glasses to get in. I had just enough of a change in the astigmatism to make my focus blurry.
No contacts for me. Last time I checked the dr said "You'll never be able to wear them"

and ditto on the falling apart, I swear we all are.
Hope they can help you

halfjackd said...

I think it's wonderful that Elena loves her glasses, so few kids do.

My best friend just had a cortisone shot a couple of weeks ago for her shoulder and we were both amazed at how she could use her arm in full motion afterwards. I hope you get it, arm and shoulder pain sucks no matter what, but especially when you crochet or knit and need the mobility!

Megan said...

I'll send you some glue :)

Kathy said...

Pass the cortisone, I think I need some for my neck and shoulders too, the back isn't so bad since the shots two weeks ago, but boy the neck/shoulders hurt.

Amy O'Neill Houck said...

Oh dear, hope it's not the rotator cuff--my dad just went through a tear and is recovering but it was a pain... Keep us posted!!!

Sara said...

My daughter has had glasses since 3rd grade. I did not let her get contacts until 9th grade...hmmm, come to think of it, maybe that's why we didn't have tons of middle school drama (Boys don't make passes at girls who wear glasses.)

Anyway. She wears contacts to school because she says she can see a little better with them. She recently got a very cute pair and she loves what she calls her "Hot Nerd" look.

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