Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Ophthalmology check up

Allie had her annual ophthalmology check up yesterday and everything is looking really good.  (It's fun to see how much she's grown between checkups; here is the one from last year and the one from the year before.) They did an actual vision test for the first time where Allie had to identify different objects of various sizes.  Instead of the letters or weirdly oriented Es that I usually get, Allie got shapes like a birthday cake with candles, an airplane, a bird, and a house.  She scored perfectly and was deemed to have 20/20 vision.  They also did some depth perception tests where Allie had to wear glasses and grab the 3D objects that popped out.  She grabbed at them all with Righty, which made me particularly proud.  

She hated the dilating drops but recovered quickly and was happy to color in the waiting area until they kicked in (shown above). She got a little nervous once the drops started working and she suddenly couldn't see the picture she was coloring.  She said "my eyes feel just like your eyes".  Apparently she thinks my vision isn't so great. 

Her optical nerve still looks fair, which may imply some vision issues, but the doctor said that everything looks great.  If there is a visual field cut, she suspects it is "not large" but we won't be able to tell until Allie is older and can undergo more rigorous testing.  It was a good but exhausting appointment.

Things at school are going well for both kids.  Allie seems to be getting less shy with some of the new kids.  In a rare feat for us, we managed to finish her "All About Me" class book on time this year.  These are little books that the kids make about their life, family, interests, etc.  They keep them in the class to share with their friends.  We're normally embarrassingly slow getting our homemade book in but this year we actually made the deadline and it paid off.  Since many of her friends still don't have their books in --- we're not alone in our procrastination! --- Allie gets plenty of opportunities to share her book and bond with the kids over shared interests.   

For therapy, Allie has been trying a new hand splint to help keep her thumb out and more functional.  We've gotten two loaners from Allie's occupational therapist and, in spite of my resistance to bracing, it seems to help.  We went to McDonald's after OT one day and Allie made Righty in charge of drinking.  Her cup filled with water is heavy and I was impressed to see Righty pick it up and navigate it with ease.  I guess the little extra support helps.

However, she did complain that the splint makes her thumb "tired", so her OT lent us a slightly larger size to see if it is more comfortable for her.  She seems to like it.

Here's a shot of her at her physical therapy working on coordinating her arm and leg motion.

And, of course, Andrew is tagging along for all of these adventures.  He's really such a great baby.  For now, he's happy to hang out and watch all the cool things his big sister gets to play with.  I'm not sure how we're going to juggle things once he gets more mobile so we'll enjoy his compliance while it lasts.

Andrew had his first parent teacher conference, which Jonathan attended solo, and he got rave reviews from his teacher.  In spite of being the youngest kid in the class, he is the most chatty.  He can roll front to back and back to front now, so he's a little more able to explore.  And, he seems to really like interacting with the other kids.  The teacher's only complaint is that he won't nap more than a few minutes at a time.  I think he's just too excited. 

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