Boo-Yah!

This piece is part of series I did awhile back called “Louisiana Phoenix.” It pretty much sums up how I’m feeling today–like I could conquer anything if I wanted.

Well, today we finished up the doctor’s appointments for this week with a trip to the opthamologist. It was a super-fabulous appointment.

The doctor seemed almost flabbergasted at how well Charlie was doing. At five months, Charlie had a fairly obvious field defect–he couldn’t see things on his right side. Now, the doctor was unable to detect field loss with toys or moving objects. This doesn’t mean that Charlie can see perfectly on that side, but he can definitely see some.

When he first saw Charlie, Charlie also had what is called exotropia–the common term for it is wall-eye. Now, when Charlie focuses, this goes away. The doctor was thrilled by this. He said that this is a good sign and that Charlie may continue to improve.

He spent a long time going over the chart and seemed just thrilled by Charlie’s progress. After looking everything over he said that in his opinion, Charlie had so many other things going on in his early life that he just couldn’t focus on developing normal vision. He thinks that Charlie is developing his vision–just at a slower pace than everyone else.

He also said, “whatever you’re doing–keep doing it.”

So, you know, boo-yah! Charlie is kicking arse and taking names.

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Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    What exactly are you doing for the vision? Am I right in assuming Feldenkrist and ABR doen’t address the eyes?

  2. Well, neither addresses the eyes directly, but ABR has been known to affect vision. With someone like Charlie, vision is directly linked to energy. When he’s working really hard, he tends to lose control over one of his eyes. As he gets stronger and works less doing things like holding his head up, he has more opportunities to use his eyes correctly. Our ABR trainer told us that he’d seen this in several of his clients in Argentina.

    We also do activities to increase visual attentiveness like the one I described recently on Blissfully Domestic: http://blissfullydomestic.com/special-needs/play-with-your-food/

  3. That’s fantastic! Babies never cease to amaze me. Some of the things they cope with and over come are just astounding.

  4. MeghatronsMom says:

    WOOOHOOOO! That is sofa king awesome! Sorry- can’t help myself!

  5. Go Charlie! Go Charlie! You and your momma are amazing!

  6. Small Town Girl says:

    Yay for Charlie! And you of course! :)

  7. Way to go, Charlie!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Hi KM,

    Wonderful news that your Charlie is continuing to make progress.

    Betty

  9. Nadine Hightower says:

    High Five! Go Charlie Go!!

    I love your artwork by the way.

  10. Boo-yah, indeed!

  11. Boo yah is RIGHT! Great job to Charlie, and especially to you. And I love the Phoenix art. Very cool.

  12. woohoo!!! It is amazing how our bodies develop in response to our environment!

  13. Great news! I had noticed in the last few pics that he appeared to be using his vision more, but it is so hard to tell anything from still pictures.

    Go Charlie!

  14. I love the picture, and appreciate the encouragement regarding vision issues. I can tell Jude can see me so I do not accept the suggestion he is blind. Thanks again

  15. All of this is fantastic news. I know things are hectic with all you've got going on but it sounds like it's all going great! I'm so proud of Charlie–just makes me want to jump up and down and scream "IN YOUR FACE!" to no one in particular. And even though I had nothing to do with his progress. And I've never even met him. He's just doing so darn good.