Monday, January 28, 2013

Eyes, Snow, and Other Fun Stuff

Busy as usual.  Or, maybe more busy than usual.  I'm just too tired to backup, so here's the quick recap:

E had her eye checkup.  No new news.  Elena has two healthy eyes that don't work that well together.  She has esotropia (since birth) and has had three eye surgeries for strabismus/esotropia.  Her eyes still drift, with the right one being worse than the left.  The good news here is that she does use both of her eyes, they both register with her brain, sometimes together.  Further surgeries aren't going to fix her vision issues, but later on she may opt for a procedure to align her eyes better (largely for cosmetic reasons).  Her depth perception is not good, but she's never known anything differently so it's her version of normal.  She is also slightly nearsighted, so that's built into her prescription.  No big changes, but she'll be getting new glasses to account for growth.

Before the cold weather snap, E's been on her bike a lot.  We went on a local trail (pretty flat, but had a few little hills and turns) and it was WINDY and she was fantastic.  She rode for 2 miles with minimum help (and I did have to catch her one time).

We had some snow.  The weather turned straight-up frigid here after a very mild winter, and I made the best I could out of snow days and got the kids on sleds as soon as I could.  I took them to a giant hill, hoping that E and Viv would stay on a sled--WHICH THEY DID!  The hardest part of that morning was actually getting snow gloves on E's hands.  It took almost 15 crying minutes.  I knew we couldn't give up; she needed a waterproof, tight-fitting glove so her hands wouldn't freeze off when wet--very important, since Elena will definitely have her hands on the ground more than Vivian due to falls or trouble staying upright.  Once the gloves were on, they worked beautifully.

Side note:  Good thing I'm working out a little more.  Towing two sleds and carrying E up that hill is no joke.  

Nasty wintry mix weather means creative ways to entertain ourselves...

Megafort was pretty awesome

I had to keep the girls busy while I was at work.  Animal Hospital to the rescue!

Viv starts the exam

Viv anesthetizes her penguin

E starts surgery

Serious procedure

"The Doctors"

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