Fun-a-riffic!

March 16, 2009

The first weekend of March Break, according to Sarah, has been “fun-a-riffic”!

Alex had an eye appointment at the IWK on Friday, so March Break started a little bit early for us.  Alex did go to school for the morning because his class was going swimming, but Evan took the day off to come with us.  We left Olivia with my parents and the three older kids & I set off.  Alex’s appointment was awesome and his vision hasn’t decreased at all.  He got his correction back for his good eye, so his eyes should start to stay straight now.  He’s on a four week schedule one last time, and as long as his vision doesn’t change, he’ll then go to eight weeks between check-ups, then four months, then six months, then a year, and then we’re finished with the IWK!!  At that time, he’ll start seeing a regular eye doctor instead of a specialist!

We had lunch at Subway (Evan has ‘graduated’ to a 6″ sub instead of a kids’ sandwich) and then a Costco run.  We arrived in town, picked up Olivia, and were home by about six.

Olivia outgrew her toddler bed a couple of months ago;  every time she rolls over now, she falls out.  As a result, she has either been sleeping in our bed, or on the futon in our bedroom.  We promised the kids we would change their beds over during March Break so they took that to mean Friday night!  

Our guests went out to supper shortly after seven, so we got to work as quickly as possible.  The boys’ beds were moved downstairs to the girls’ room and set up into bunk beds.  Sarah’s bed went upstairs for Evan & the bed frame for Alex came out of the attic.  The toddler bed got put away.  D’Arcy went to get the box-spring & mattress out of the basement, but it was musty, so Olivia’s toddler mattress is on her bed and Alex’s mattress is on the floor inside his bed frame.  We’ve promised to buy a new set this week for them…  They’re all happy with their new sleeping arrangements regardless!

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On Saturday, we had invited the MacNeills, the Faulkners & Auntie Kay & Uncle Hug (along with all the kids) over for a St. Paddy’s Day celebration.  Evan is trying to earn the Blue Star for Cubs which included helping to plan a party, so he was a huge help!  He made place cards and helped to set the table:

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Suzana came over on Thursday and helped me cook and every course had Guinness in it.  Janice brought home made appetizer-sized fish & chips & crab cakes.  I could have filled up on those!!  Then we sat down at the table and started with ‘Irish’ Onion Soup.  I mixed a couple of different recipes and it ended up being delicious!!  Our next course was a spinach salad with sliced strawberries, mandarin oranges, sunflower seeds, green onion and Guinness Dressing.  Next was Beef & Guinness Pie.  Oh. My. Goodness.  The only way I changed the recipe was by adding mushrooms that had been sauteed in olive oil & garlic and then drowned in the remainder of the can of Guinness from the salad dressing until all the liquid was absorbed.  Auntie Kay made bread using just self-rising flour and a can of beer.  It was surprisingly light & fluffy!  Suzana made an absolutely delicious stout cake for dessert, served with vanilla ice cream, shots of Bailey’s and then topped off with Irish Coffee.

 

Auntie Kay with Luke & Sarah

Auntie Kay with Luke & Sarah

 

We set the kids up with DDR & HSM3 so we could eat in peace!

We set the kids up with DDR & HSM3 so we could eat in peace!

The gang & Fernando

The gang & Fernando

 

Sarah gave up while the night was still (fairly) young

Sarah gave up while the night was still (fairly) young

Janice enjoyed her seating arrangement between Fernando & Colin

Janice enjoyed her seating arrangement between Fernando & Colin

 

The girls having fun.  (Who's the biggest kid of all?)

The girls having fun. (Who's the biggest kid of all?)

Suzana & Blair

Suzana & Blair

 

The advert on the mirror.  (Ev & I had added the name of the B&B at the bottom and changed the date!)

The advert on the mirror. (Ev & I had added the name of the B&B at the bottom and changed the date!)

 Yesterday, we were moving pretty slowly and Evan actually slept until noon!  It was a gorgeous day, so after we got cleaned up, we went for a walk in the park.

 

The boys exploring the first falls

The boys exploring the first falls

Evan & the icicles

Evan & the icicles

 

Alex & the icicles

Alex & the icicles

Olivia & Daddy watching the water in the brook

Olivia & Daddy watching the water in the brook

Sarah, fascinated

Sarah, fascinated

Mommy & Sarah watching...

Mommy & Sarah watching...

...for the boys at the top of Jacob's Ladder (178 steps!)

...for the boys at the top of Jacob's Ladder (178 steps!)

When it got too icy to go any further, we took a family photo!

When it got too icy to go any further, we took a family photo!

Fun-a-riffic indeed!

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2 Responses to “Fun-a-riffic!”

  1. Misty Says:

    I have to ask. How old is Alex? My son, Curtis has been wearing glasses since he was two, and has been patching since he was 4. We patched full time, then went to part time and so forth. We kept being promised that his vision would “stick” at some point and we could stop. Well, we stopped at 9 years old. Just couldn’t keep doing it. He went in for his appt. at 10 years old and not only had his vision slipped but his “bad” eye had turned.

    So, we’ve been seeing yet another specialist now. He had eye surgery a month ago to straighten the eye that turned, and he’s now patching again. Good news yesterday was his vision actually got to 20/30 where before it always flatlined at 20/40. He’s to patch another two months now, and then go from there… which I believe will just be more patching. So, when does it stop? I’m curious to know what your son is being told as far as for how long? What about when they are adults?? Will the vision really stick at some point, or will they patch then as well to keep the vision?

    Thanks for listening.


    • Hi Misty! Thanks for stopping by! Alex will be nine in August. He’s been patching (mostly full time) since he was 3.5 and he had surgery last April. He has also been flatlined at 20/40 for the past five visits with the exception of one blip when he got 2/5 letters on the 20/30 line. (Good guesses?) He stopped the atropine drops four weeks ago, and just got the corrective lens back in his good eye this visit since he remained the same. He is seen again on April 9th (four weeks) and if his vision remains stable, they will give him eight weeks between visits. This, apparently, is the visit that usually tells the tale of whether the eye will slip or not. If it has slipped, he will resume patching until the vision is again stable for three months. If he’s stable, it’s then four months between visits, then six months, then a year! After that, we stop seeing the specialist and go back to the regular eye doctor.

      We’ve been told over & over that Alex is late to have so much improvement; that normally six/seven is when they stop seeing real improvement anymore. We were also told that 20/40 is the main goal as it’s “Legal Driving Vision”. One of his orthoptists actually presented his case study in class because they were fascinated by it. The opthamologist feels that 20/40 is “his” line, so doesn’t see the point in patching any more unless the vision drops. I hope that helps…


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