Thursday, October 20, 2011

Another EYE Problem

    So, I originally posted the "I'm Blind" story in February.  I brought it up earlier today because, last week, the Scribe failed her vision test at school AGAIN!  
    She really had me going this time.  I thought she needed glasses for sure.      
    Anyway, we went to the eye doctor.  To make things easier for her, I decided to get my eyes checked too. It turned out she doesn't need glasses, but I do.
    And I thought my luck would never run out!
    The Scribe left the room and the doctor (who happens to be the most professional and intelligent eye specialist ever) said, "I've seen this before.  Your daughter doesn't really seem to need glasses."
    I told him about my past experience with the glassless frames.
    "All right. I think I know of something that will fix the situation."  He called her back into the room and I really hoped his plan would work.
    "Scribe," he said to my charming little girl.  She's one of the shortest kids in her class, yet her spunk is over ten feet high.  "You don't need glasses, but you do have what I like to call acute tenomelonitis."
    He said it all so fast and with such a straight face, I had to blink just to clear my head!  It was epic--seriously.  Is tenomelonitis even a word?  If it wasn't, it is now!  I want to use it every day.
    "I . . . do?" the Scribe said.
    "Yes, you do.  It's when your vision goes in and out.  Sometimes it's good and sometimes it isn't.  So, you know how I just dilated your eyes with the drops that stung?"
    She nodded, eyes wide and pupils still bigger than Milwaukee.
    "Well, I'm going to give your mother some special drops.  Anytime you can't see, tell her and she'll put some of these drops in your eyes."
    He gave me the drops and I smirked, because they were glorified Visine.
    "Can you see all right now?" he asked.  "Because if you can't, we can give you more drops."
    She shook her head rather vigorously.  "Actually, I can see just fine now.  It must be one of those times when my eyes are working."
    "Are you sure?" I jumped in on the fun.  "Because I'm really great at giving eye drops.  We can practice now and everything."
    "I'm sure." She smiled weakly.  "My eyes are feeling much better."

    So, maybe those drops will keep her on the straight and narrow path for another six months.  Honestly I hope they'll work even longer.
    I still can't believe that I'm the one who needs glasses.  I do have to admit though, it's amazing how beautiful and clear things can seem once you can see more clearly.  Thank God we found a smart doctor!
    As we drove home, the Scribe said, "There's nothing wrong with me, is there?"
   I didn't answer directly and instead just asked the Scribe why she keeps dragging me to eye doctors.  "It's because I wanted to spend time with just you," she said.  "Things are always so busy with the babies and your books."
    "I'm sorry.  I'll make special time--I promise.  Is that all, though?  Is there anything else?" I asked.
    "And because I'd look great with glasses."  She smiled at me and started laughing.  "I still can't believe you need glasses.  You don't even want them like I do!"
    "I know."    
    "Now that is funny!  It's a good thing we look alike.  At least you know you'll make those glasses look good."
    That made me giggle.  I'd felt bad about getting glasses, but my girl had cheered me right up.  Maybe it won't be such a bad thing after all.  
    I'd gone to support her, but she'd ended up helping me.


  1. Sounds like that doctor knows how to talk to kids.

    She wants glasses because she would look good in them - not sure if I've never heard that one :)

  2. Your daughter is so cute, definitely a keeper....And yes, glasses are all the rage now, go figure.

  3. Kids are clever--gosh dang them. I have a kid who cries wolf all the time in hopes of getting out of going to school. Except now, when he really is sick, I don't believe him. He has to throw up or be burning with fever before I let him stay home.

    Gotta love a kid who wants to spend time with her mom--great kiddo.

  4. How cute. Funny how back in grade school glasses were considered nerd accessory, now it's a fashion statement. Oh how times change...

  5. WOW! this is so sweet:)and your daughter is the sweetest:) bet you will look just great with glasses:)

  6. It's funny how things work out! Thick, square frames are in! I'm sure you'll know how to rock those just fine :) If not, try contacts. You get the hang of those quick.

    Have a great weekend!

  7. Glad she was honest with you. Here, mom is in the same boat--everyone wants a bigger chunk of her time.

    Enjoy your weekend Elisabeth.

  8. haha sounds like a great eye doctor using placebo, sure the glasses will look just fine and at least now you know.

  9. Isn't it great that frames come in all colors? You can get some that match your HOT BOOTS!!

  10. lol I had a feeling this was what was going to happen. Kids! I love that girl. When she does need glasses she'll wish she didn't have to have them.

  11. That's a cute story. We only have two up in this joint and the kids are always trying to get us to do things with just one of them. It would not surprise me if The Girl does something like this in the near future.

  12. Oh, Scribe. she cracks me up. Very intuitive, that girl.

  13. Awe!

    She can have my glasses. But I need them to see, so she'll have to wait til I hit the lotto and can afford lasik. K?