Thursday, September 21, 2006

Good (but not perfect) news

What a day! We started off the morning with storytime at the library. We read all about fall, as in autumn. I don't think Whitney knows what that word means yet because she told Andrew that we read books about falling down. Huh. They always do an artsy project after the stories are done.

Here's Whitney with one of her little friends
decorating leaves to hang around the art room.

After storytime, we did a little shopping for a baby shower I'm attending this weekend. Then we rushed home because today was a big day. A visit to see Dr. Buckley!!!

Whitney wanted to look good for the occasion!

Brandon got out of school a little early and Andrew took the afternoon off work so we could drive up to Duke and find out if we are FINALLY done patching or not. Andrew and I were hopeful because it just seems like she can see better lately. She points out a lot more things than she used to.

Whitney rocked on the vision test. It was so awesome. She usually has to be inspired to look at the computer monitor and verbalize what she sees, but she was on a roll today. One right after another--teddy bear, birthday cake, telephone, Christmas tree....I could tell she was doing good. It turns out her vision is 20/25 in both eyes right now. Yippee! Now the real news--what do we do from here?

Whitney was excited to see her crush, Dr. Buckley.
Can you tell from the HUGE smile on her face???

Well, he says that even though her vision is equal right now, her eyes still aren't quite aligned. They both point out a little bit. So, when she's look around, she chooses one eye or the other. She's not using them together. He thought the patching would correct that problem, but so far it hasn't. He wants us to patch for another 6 weeks. We had been doing 3 days on and 1 day off. He says we can change to 1 day on and 1 day off. That'll be nice. If at that point her alignment isn't fixed, I'm afraid we might have to do another surgery. BUMMER. I'm not going to worry about it too much right now. We'll cross that bridge when we get there.

On our way home we stopped at a Taco Bell/KFC/Pizza Hut for dinner. I think places like that are the best. What a great idea! Why don't they have more of them? Anyway, as part of the decor, you'll never guess what they had hanging on the wall...
Whitney, of course, was the one who pointed this out. :)


Sandy said...

Whitney is just too doggone cute! Are you sure she doesn't have a crush on her doctor cause he looks like Santa Claus?...:)

Angie said...

That cowgirl outfit is just about my favorite. Especially when she's wearing braids.

I think it's hilarious that, as a two year old, Whitney already has a developed enough sense of humor to use the "whole chicken" thing so well.

And I'm glad you have good news about her eyes! A little less patching, and hopefully no surgery.

We'll be thinking of you in Hawaii this week!!!

Amy said...

I think it's interesting that by patching one eye, the doctor is getting her to use both her eyes together. I'm glad it's working. She's such a good girl to wear the patch and so cute!

Jayne said...

Wow, you guys were really busy yesterday. Did you plan for the appointment when Brandon got out early or did you just get lucky? I always have trouble with the kids' dr. appointments once school starts.

As for the Taco Bell / KFC /Pizza Hut stop: That is exactly what we need. Whenever we stop for a quick meal, I end up stopping at two or three places (What can I say? I'm a picky eater so I started it for my own sake).

andrea said...

I guess I should clarify--we took him OUT of school a little early. It was early dismissal the day before, so our luck was off by one day. :)

Grandma Sweat said...

Dr. Buckley just as nice as I thought he would - although a little hairier than I'd pictured - After seeing Whitney break into such big, excited smiles when she talks about him, I'm glad to have a visual (no pun intended)!

I can't believe Whitney will touch a snake! So proud of Brandon that he's getting smiley faces and adjusting to the routine of school.

Thanks as always for the adorable blog you share.

Grandma Sweat

G & G Hiatt said...

Whitney just HAS to learn to sing
"These boots were meant for walkin'...."
What a doll!
Way to go Brandon!!! :-)
Love to all of you