Her Middle Name is Grace
But the one in the middle with the orange eye patch? That’s my Izzy. She couldn’t be happier cuddling with her sisters. The expression on her face speaks for itself.
We had the twins’ eyes tested early since bad vision runs in the family. When they were about 4 1/2 years old, the optometrist detected a slight difference with Izzy but wanted to wait a bit to be sure. At her eye exam last September, he decided it was time for her to get glasses. She was disappointed and self conscious, but handled it well. Especially when she realized her glasses “magically” morphed into sunglasses anytime she went outside!
We knew there was a fair chance she’d have amblyopia (I have it, as does my younger brother), which if caught early on, can be corrected by patching the good eye, therefore forcing the weaker eye to work hard and gain strength. Her doctor said we’d wait a little longer to determine if patching was necessary. Unfortunately, it was.
We acted nonchalant about it, but I was a train wreck inside. The doctor’s office only had pirate-style patches, which were plain, too big, and prevented her from doing anything with her hair since the strap went around her head. But that was all we had initially, so we all wore them for the first few days to support her.
So I hopped on the internetz and some sweet friends sent me to Patch Pals. I let Izzy pick out a few so that she can wear a different one every weekday if she wants.
She was nervous about wearing her patch to school, so I talked to the kindergarten teachers ahead of time. I went to the party supply store and got plastic pirate patches for all the kindergarteners and talked to them briefly, explaining why Izzy wears a patch. A few asked questions, and I answered as simply as I could.
Not once has my sweet girl complained or thrown a fit about wearing her patch. Every time she has a checkup she hopes she’ll be able to stop wearing it, but in the interim? She handles it with a grace I’d never have anticipated. Grace also happens to be her middle name. Her courage is inspiring and humbling. She handles the questions well. More importantly, she’s not embarrassed and the not-so-nice comments are quickly forgotten.
I’m proud and lucky to be the mother of such an awesome six-year-old.
**Thank you so much, Kir, for letting me share my Proud Mommy Moment here!**
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