Sunday, May 17, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
When he hears an upbeat song he always dances! Even when he strapped in his car seat! Never know....he just might be the next John Travolta! I have another video of both Ben and Alex break dancing, but at one point they hit heads and there's a lot of crying! I thought I'd spare you those vocals! lol
I really want to teach him "The Hustle!" I'll post that video next!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
As soon as Ben walked in the door the opthamologist immediately recognized one condition called "megalocornea" which means large cornea. This is a rare eye condition and to you and I it just looks like Ben has big beautiful blue eyes. But this condition can also be connected with pediatric glaucoma. At the time he was too little to be tested for glaucoma while he was awake, he wouldn't stay still for the testing. He was going to have eye surgery due to his lazy eye, so while he was out they checked him for glaucoma. Luckily, he didn't have it.
Ben also has another rare eye condition that has to do with his optic nerves. I cannot think of the name off the top of my head. They didn't want to operate on that, because any little mistake could lead to blindness in that eye, so they left it alone.
Ben started wearing glasses a couple months before his third birthday. So it's been a little over a year since he's been wearing them. Ben has to go to the eye doctor once or twice a year for his checkups. His last checkup was a few days ago.
We spent two hours in the doctor's office. We had to wait for his pupils to dilate and then he had to have numbing drops to check for glaucoma. All seemed to go well, except they discovered that he now has "ocular albinism." For example, people who are albino lack pigment in their skin and hair. This is a type of albinism where he lacks pigment in his eyes that block out the light.
I've noticed that when we go outside and it's sunny he always squints his eyes. He's done that for a couple of years. I'm a photographer so I always have a camera with me and always yell at him to open his eyes! Poor kid, I didn't realize that it pains him! Even when we're inside and I'm constantly taking pictures of him he always says "that's enough!" like it bothers him. Well now I know that a flash or any type of bright condition hurts his eyes! Here's a photo that I took about a month ago when he was doing this. This is what I mean by his squinting outside. It looks like I caught him on a blink, but this is how he is during a sunny day.So what does this mean? Well for one thing, poor guy, I'm going to take it easy on the picture taking! And he will need to get transition lenses for his glasses. That's probably the most practical thing to do instead of buying prescription sunglasses. He also has depth perception issues, so playing sports will be more difficult for him as well. He will most likely have trouble reading the chalkboard at school and it may be possible that he will not be able to drive a car. But I don't want to think about that yet. I want to focus on him now! Just please keep Ben in your prayers.
It could be a lot worse, and I'm just so thankful that it isn't! Alot of these eye disorders are associated with developmental delays, and Benjamin is an extremely bright boy who seems to be ahead of others his age. I'm just so thankful that this isn't something too serious!
We do not have eye insurance but "ocular albinism" is a medical condition and should be at least partially covered on our medical insurance.
I also found out that he will need to have eye surgery again in the future. The opposite eye that was operated on in the past will need surgery as well!
You are probably wondering is it hereditary? Yes, it is. I asked the doctor if it was caused during eye development during pregnancy? I have a background in child development, so I'm always thinking along these lines. I figured maybe I had the flu or a sickness while he was inutero and that's what caused it. But actually it is hereditary and he either got it from my side or my husbands. My husband and I do not have these problems, so we're not sure whose side it came from.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
So one night after placing an ad her on Petfinder, I prayed for the right owners. The next day I got a telephone call from an older lady who had recently lost their Golden Retriever. They were looking for a companion someone that they could spoil and love! The couple that I found, or found me, are retired. They will be at home with her all the time, and will definitely be keeping her as an inside pet. As a matter of fact, although she is kennel trained, they do not want to ever put her in a cage! I only did that at night and while I was away so she didn't chew everything apart! lol But they don't seem to mind.
We even told the couple that Dixie gets severely carsick. The lady said if it was a problem she would give up the front seat and let Dixie sit in her place! So sweet!
I live in Southwestern Pennsylvania and they live in Northeastern Pennsylvania! They decided to come a little over halfway and we met at a rest stop on the turnpike. It was such a dreary day. It rained all day and it was just blah! Not to mention having to give my baby away!
I cried ALOT! And the older gentleman offered to buy me a sandwich! Men always seem to be uncomfortable around women who are crying! lol
But I showed them every last tooth she got in, her favorite toys, and every last detail! It was soo hard! I'm the one who has been with her everyday for the last 3 months! I'm crying as I type this, it's soo hard for me.
Today I found a sippy cup that Dixie took and chewed the top off! I cried!
Drying my hair with the hair dryer made me cry too! She always loved the hair dryer! I always would blow it in her face!
Even though I miss her terribly, the stress and noise level has gone down by at least 60% or more! There was so much chaos in this house with her around, not to mention the stress!
When someone would show interest in adopting Dixie, the main question is "Why?" They would ask: "Why are you giving her up?" I would always e-mail them this photo! This was the chaos that has been my house for the last three months! Two dogs and two toddlers was too much for me to handle, and that's what I told them! Look at the expression on Ben's face! Priceless!
Even though I miss my baby, I'm enjoying the quiet afternoon!