Tuesday, July 31, 2007

The glasses have arrived!

Of course they are Italian and very stylish...I think Creed looks like a hip, American version of Harry Potter. Don't you?
He does so well with them and only tries to pull them off when they get dirty or he is tired. I'm so proud of him! And he gets great comments wherever we go. I guess it's uncommon to see a less-than-2yr old in spectacles. But just to recap, Creed has a scar on his right macula from the nasty toxo parasite. They think he can see around it - or possibly through it - no one knows for certain. What we do know is that his right eye is weaker and we need to even out his vision and keep those eyes working together. Without his glasses, if you cover his right (scarred) eye, he sees fine with the left. If you cover his left (good) eye and is left to see with his scarred eye, he gets cranky and pulls away. Thus the need for regulation so he will not develop what is called 'amblyopia' - we don't want that right eye to shut down completely and for him to become dependant on his unscarred eye.

Obviously his glasses aren't slowing him down:

Monday, July 23, 2007

I wanna be blind, too.

Sometimes I just wanna be blind, too.
I wanna be blind...

- to not see the way people stare at Zelda with their eyes full of pity instead of joy and admiration.

- to ignore the doubts and fears that I have for her future.

- to wake up in the morning and experience the start of a new day in the way that she does.

- to be able to have no preconceived notions or judgements of people based on their appearance.

I am sure that there are more reasons.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Once upon a shame...

If you have 10 minutes, here's what we did with our Christmas vacation. Actually, it's what we've been doing with our once a year get-togethers since 1986, except now it's starring Creed & Zelda.


Tuesday, July 10, 2007

What's a projector?

A blind child with some light perception was working with her teacher in school. The teacher had projected light on to a board. She asked "Do you see the circle?". The child responded "What's a circle? Do you mean the light?" The teacher responded, "Yes, its' coming from the projector." The child responded "What's a projector?"

Once again, this thrusts me into the reality of Zelda's world. We are currently working with the twins on eating with utensils. Creed sees me eat with a fork. I stab a piece of food. He eats it off of the fork. Then I stab another piece and he takes the fork and feeds himself. It's just that simple. Can he say fork? No, not yet. He is beginning to realize that the fork is a tool for feeding? I think so. Now Zelda, on the other hand, is given the fork to explore. She touches it, plays with it, puts it in her mouth - just as she does with almost any new object. She's in her booster seat so hopefully there is a relationship to eating going on there. But the idea of the fork being a helpful "tool" to get food into her mouth must not even enter her sharp little mind. It's a Lego, it's a doll, it's a rattle...I can only explain so much to a toddler. "Forks are used for eating." But her hands work perfectly fine...who needs a fork?


Saturday, July 7, 2007

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Stolen from Bookhart - thanks!
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