10/22/08

Sam's Eye Appointment

More than 6 months ago I noticed Sam's left eye getting a little lazy.  When I told the pediatrician about it he said I should make an appointment with an optometrist.  So we had our appointment with Dr. Melanie Cox at Lenscrafters in the Parkway Place Mall today.  (If anyone in the Huntsville area needs an optometrist for your child Dr. Cox is amazing!  She was so great with Sam...)  While we waited for the store to open, we took pictures being silly...


After the first part of our visit, Dr. Cox strongly felt like she needed to dilate Sam's eye to get a true picture of what was going on.  She found his left eye was not "up to par" and knew a dilated eye would be more helpful.  So after drops in the eye, Sam and I went to get a cookie while his eyes got fuzzy.  You can tell in this picture how dilated his eyes are...  he kept looking down at his cookie laughing because it was so blurry.  I needed the laugh, because at this point I was concerned about what was going to happen next.

After she checked his eyes again she explained the situation to me.  Children are born farsighted and their eyes normally correct themselves by the age of 5.  While Sam's right eye is adjusting properly, his left eye is not and is too farsighted in comparison.  So it looks like he needs glasses!  What?  I wasn't expecting that...  She said to come back in 4 months and Sam will be able to better articulate so she is able to get him the right pair of glasses.
Here's where my human nature comes out.  I cried.  I know this isn't a big deal to many of you, but it's just another way of seeing that we're not perfect.  Life isn't perfect... The first person who came to my mind is a friend whose blog I read daily.  She has 3 kids, 2 of whom are special needs.  Her blogs always move me to emotion, whether it be jealousy because of all the money she saves bargain shopping ☺ or my heart aching as she struggles trying to care for her kids who aren't always easy to care for.  They're a blessing, just not always easy.  She recently did a post on God's Word being the foundation of your life.  Thank you Becky for sharing that with us; it encouraged me today.  As silly as it may seem, Sam's need of glasses directed me to trust in God's word.

Psalm 139, "For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them."


4 comments:

BKicklighter said...

Sweet Penny!
I understand completely. I hated that my Thomas was going to need glasses, but watching him adjust to actually seeing well has been a hoot. We go to the opthomologist Friday for his check up - it'll make me think of you :)

Ashley said...

Oh dear! Poor little Sam - we'll just have to convince him that all the "cool people" wear glasses (aka ME =). Maybe his little eyes will even correct themselves before too long...

And, I can't imagine his little dialated eyes - it hurts me to think about it!

Stacey Wideman said...

This is exactly what my Jeremy and Kathy went through with Joshua. Sam will do great with glasses, I know it! love you!

susan said...

It doesn't sound silly, P.