Wednesday, July 25, 2007

My Blue Eyed Boy

Taylor had an appointment yesterday with an eye specialist at Texas Children's yesterday. When Taylor was born all itty bitty, his retinas were not attached so he had surgery to fix them. Afterwards, he had many visits to the eye doctor to do follow ups until finally the doctor released him with a clean bill of health.

Since then I haven't had Taylor's eyes checked because he didn't seem to be having any issues and he hadn't started school yet. At Taylor's 5 year check up, the pediatrician thought it might be a good idea before he started Kindergarten. So off we went yesterday all smiles with the promise of an icee afterwards. We sat in the waiting area and as I looked around and noticed many of the children with severe and/or noticeable health problems, I said a little thank you prayer that Taylor never developed some of the illnesses that he was threatened with.

I sat in a chair and watched the doctor give my little boy an eye exam. I was so proud as Taylor pointed out the letters he was seeing. Then all of a sudden, my heart fluttered a bit when he began to struggle with his left eye. On and on she pushed Taylor to tell her what letters she was showing him but his eye would just not cooperate. I was flooded with memories of being in the nicu sitting by my tiny little man and holding that fragile little body praying for him to become the little boy that he is today.

It turns out that Taylor's retinas are perfectly fine but although he has perfect vision in his right eye, he needs some help with the left. Taylor needs to wear glasses for 3 months now to see if they cant get that eye retrained, and if that doesn't work - he will then wear a patch for a little while. I know this probably doesn't seem like a big deal to some, but for me and this little boy of mine - it is.

I always think to myself, gosh hasn't he been through enough!?!? And with him starting school in August I worry about my son who seems to get his heart broken so very easily, and we all know how damn mean kids can be. Claire is only 7 and has had her fair share of run ins with bad ass children.

So I guess I am just asking for all you Mommas out there, say a little prayer for my bug please.



Coffee Slut said...

Sending warm wishes and healing prayers your way!

Margaret said...

big prayers for you! I am the exact same way. Bad left eye. My right eye is slowly getting worse. An eye doctor told me had i gotten glasses when I was young enough, they probably could have stopped the deterioration (sp). Good for you for handling early!!!

min said...

Love, love, love to Taylor! Deep meditative thoughts to mommiebear2. I remember when they told me this about Reggie. I shouted, "Liar!" to the optometrist because there was no way my little boy could have an eye problem.
It turned out not to be as big a deal as it felt like it was and Reggie's eyes are fine now (once in a while I'll notice that his focus might be off everso slightly, but it's something only I would notice). It hasn't stopped the babes from clustering around him!

Ann(ie) said...

Oh sweetie. I so understand!!! Sending prayers to you and your precious bug.


Queen of the Mayhem said...

This post brought a tear to my eye. I have a very dear friend whose twins spent a long period in the NICU after an early birth...and I remember only too well the pain and worry she experienced.

I will pray that your little man's eye will heal quickly. As my mom told me after I cried to her about some evil B's hurting The Princess's feelings, "They knock them down...and we build them back up!" That's really all we can do!

Stephanie said...

Consider it done, my friend!

Lotsa lotsa hugs to Taylor!!!

Hol&J said...

I'm heaping many thoughts and prayers on you and Taylor bug. He's such a sweetheart and a gentle soul. Much love!

Phoenix said...

I'll send good thoughts Taylor's way.

I've been wearing glasses my entire life, because of the eye problems I was born with. Hopefully, he'll not care too much about it eventually. I know, I don't. It's just part of who I am.

Chaos Control said...

Big, big, big prayers coming your way! And cyber hugs too - for both of you!

Shauna Loves Chocolate said...

I'm so sorry. Lots of hugs to you and Taylor.

AJsMom said...

Keeping it all in perspective is how we get through everything with AJ. We lucked out that his eyes were okay because he spent so little time on the ventilator at birth. We are so blessed with these itty-bitty kiddos of ours. Just remember how many horror stories we were told about the probelsm they would have. How far they have come -- our little fighters!