Preface: There is nothing I wouldn’t do for my children. Even taking pirate photos in my pajamas with unbrushed/unwashed hair.
Friday’s eye exam revealed that Izzy’s glasses have done nothing to improve her amblyopia (we’d hoped glasses alone would strengthen her “lazy” eye), so the doctor said it’s time to patch. Patching her good eye helps her lazy eye learn to do its job instead of relying on the other eye to do all the work.
I’m no stranger to either amblyopia (I have it myself) or the patch (my younger brother, Kevin, had to wear one to treat his), but was hoping my kids could escape it.
We had a talk this morning with the girls that went surprisingly well. I’d already donned a patch in solidarity, and Abby decided to pirate up as well (I’d grabbed extras in all the colors they had). Then we remembered we had a bona fide pirate patch, complete with skull and crossbones, in our dress-up collection for Piper!
Far more fashionable patches have been ordered from Etsy (think Fancy Nancy) and are on their way, so these are just plain ones the eye doctor gave us. I’m frustrated they didn’t have cuter options for kids. Shame on them (although I do love our doc at Fairway Eye Center).
The real battle will be returning to school Tuesday after spring break ends. The girls’ teachers have asked me to speak to the kids about it, so that’s the plan Tuesday morning. I’m going to get some extra patches in case anyone else wants to be a pirate for a day.
In the meantime, don’t be surprised to see some cute pirates around Kansas City. Let’s just hope the mean kids keep any mean thoughts to themselves because for right now, our girl seems just fine with her new accessory!