Take That

Right before we left to go on vacation we had a follow-up with Charlie’s opthamologist.

It was a good, good visit.

For both the nurse and the doctor he tracked a squeaky toy that they held out for him. As an added bonus, I offered him his vibrating teether and he reached out an grabbed it.

He definitely has a blind spot on the right , but the doctor said some good things about that as well: He said that young children often regain some of their lost vision, he said that he’s not necessarily missing half his vision–maybe just a piece–we’ll know for sure when Charlie’s older and can tell us.

I asked about the possibility that cerebral palsy was making it difficult to use his eye muscles properly. He said that was entirely possible, but that kids with CP often make dramatic improvements as they age.

At this time there was no talk of glasses or surgeries.

I asked about the eye rubbing and he seemed to think that some over-the-counter allergy drops would help. He was non-plussed and in no way seemed to think that it indicated blindness.

On that note. . . I’ve decided to discontinue vision services. The things I’ve learned I will continue to implement, but I’m moving on to other things–things that feel productive.

Just for fun, here’s a little video of Charlie that my brother sent me while I was on vacation. I think he does a great job with his eyes in this one.

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  1. Haz Bien says:

    That laugh is too much! Love it.

  2. He is a little ham isn’t he. Love the laugh. It made me smile and would certainly make your day while away I am sure.

  3. Small Town Girl says:

    Well, good for Charlie! That’s one more thing that he is overcoming. I love watching this little guy’s progress!

  4. shoeaddict says:

    The news about the eyes is great! My eyes are itchy and my sight is pretty fine so, it may just be this south LA weather.

    Love the laugh.

  5. He is such a happy boy! Love that laugh. Great news from the eye doctor, too!

  6. How exciting to say good-bye to one of many therapies! Charlie is such a cutie and I love reading about his progress. Keep blowing everyone away, kiddo!

  7. Oh, man, what a cute laugh that kid has!
    I’m glad you got good news about Charlie’s eyes. He is such a strong and happy little boy. I am just sure he’ll keep on making progress with his eyesight and with other things as well.

    We are so totally on our pediatrician’s office about that appointment with the ns. Caleb and I call them twice a day just to see if they’ve heard anything.It might be overkill but oh well.

  8. Wow that’s great about his vision! He just keeps on doing things better than expected!

  9. Barbara says:

    I loved that video and have to agree with everyone about that wonderful laugh. Fantastic news about his eyes – Yay Charlie!!!!!

    Thanks for the Charlie fix