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So, I went through the hassle and expense of getting Alex break-resistant glasses, where the glass and the frame would resist breakage. I even asked the lady at the counter if the straps in the picture were necessary, because I knew the strap would be a problem—and I was assured they weren’t necessary.
That is, until we got the glasses. The strap is the only thing keeping the glasses balanced enough to stay on Alex’s face. Rather, it was the only thing keeping the glasses balanced enough to stay on his face.
He didn’t break the glass.
He didn’t break the frame.
But he sure did snap that strap!
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So, we got Alex’s new glasses—glasses without hinges but with an elastic band (which he doesn’t really care fore). We’re starting off a little better with these, but he still takes them off for longer stretches than he actually wears them. The band doesn’t deter him from putting them back on with prompts, though, so I’m hopeful that these glasses will stand up to Alex’s peculiar wear and will be something he actually, eventually wears most of the time.
As for me, I’m desperately struggling to catch up with work while still worrying about Willy’s seizure activity…so this is going to be a short post, but I’m hoping next week will start out with some really exciting news.
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Not so long ago, Alex got new glasses. Then, they broke and I was too busy to get them fixed until right before his appointment. The fix lasted long enough for the eye appointment, and Alex seemed disappointed and upset when they broke again.
The thing of it is, the glasses proved two things. First, the glasses work, Alex can see better, and he will wear them, though we’re only up to 30 – 50% of the time, depending on the day. Second, they help with Alex’s wandering eye issue—and the exam today proved that Alex’s worst eye isn’t “shut off” the way the doctor feared it might be. He still receives visual stimuli from both eyes.
So, the glasses need to be replaced, which the insurance company will pay for. But Alex needs something a bit less breakable for it to work. Ideally, something less scratchable, too, but the lady at the optical center was convinced that nothing would really help, considering Alex actually chewed on the lens. (She’s got a point.) But still, he needs a frame (the part that broke) that’s a bit more durable. Alex simply is not gentle with things.
Alex’s eye doctor, who spends far more time with him than the people at the optical center, had a suggestion. Miraflex produces soft frames they describe as “Flexible and Safe.” These frames are specifically marketed for babies, young children, and children with special needs. They also have “Terry Flex” frames that are hard frames without metal hinges, but are also breakable. We’re looking into the soft frames to start Alex off on and see if they help. Of course, it’s possible he’ll just chew the frame to bits. But we’ve got to try.
Unfortunately, the insurance company won’t pay for the unbreakable frames. We’ll get the replacement pair and hope they last long enough for us to pay out of pocket for the unbreakable frames. Keeping our fingers crossed!
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A long time ago—so long I have no idea how many years—we tried to get Alex to wear glasses. It didn’t work well. We couldn’t even get him to wear a hat when the snow was piled high on the ground and the wind blew like ice through his thin crop of hair. Yet, we tried to get him to wear this fragile metal-and-glass contraption on his face. The sensory aspect made the situation impossible, and as important as his eyesight was, it just wouldn’t work.
Now, years later, we can get Alex to wear hats, hoods, and even masks. The sensory aversion has turned to sensory seeking, especially when it comes to hoods and hoodies. So, we’ve been trying those glasses again. Not the same pair, obviously. The new ones are plastic and less wiry, which seemed to help. But the lenses are just as fragile and to get our insurance to cover the glasses, we can’t get any special coating. Already the lenses are scratched, with a few deep gouges from biting. I don’t think the coating would help with that last part anyway.
He wore them, but his tolerance was low and by the end of the school day it was pretty much gone. Even when his tolerance was higher, he needed frequent reminders to put them back on and people needed to frequently check to make sure he could still see out of them. He hasn’t learned that his fingers will leave smudge marks yet, so he’d frequently fingers the lens, either to push them back into place (after taking them off) or to take them off or for other reasons I haven’t quite figured out.
It seemed to be an improvement, until he came home with the side snapped off. Of course, the busy week being what it was, there was no time to take him in to see if they could be repaired and he would not tolerate taping the pieces together. Finally, tomorrow should be a good day for to try to get them fixed and see if, just maybe, they might have a better solution for Alex.
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My boys don’t do very well managing the accessories of their lives. I’m not talking matching socks and shirts or wearing dashing little outfit accessories that complete their look. I’m talking about accessories that add value to life, but also add responsibility and change.
Willy recently got glasses to help him see. Just in case we needed proof—aside from not being able to see the board and headache complaints, and the optometrist’s expertise—Willy’s bowling game jumped by 30 – 50 points his first time back with glasses. That’s three to five whole sets of pins. So, his glasses have a pretty dramatic impact on the quality of his vision.
The problem is that Willy often forgets to put his glasses on. He claims he can’t tell the difference between when he’s wearing his glasses and when he’s not, so he tends to forget them. Perhaps it’s that my eye sight has been so much worse than his for so long, but I can’t imagine not being able to tell I’m not wearing my glasses. For one, my skin is so sensitive that I can’t help but know. I can feel them. I feel the pressure behind my ears and on the sides of my nose. Of course, I can’t read very well without my glasses, because the letters get all blurry. As you might imagine, I spend a lot of time reading, so that’s a big hint. I can’t imagine not knowing whether my glasses are there, so wrapping my head around his problem of not remembering to put his glasses on because he can’t tell the difference—I’m not doing so well with that. My most successful solution thus far is to put a sign asking him if he remembered his glasses over his shoes (which I set out each night before school). He goes to put his shoes on, and he sees the sign and puts his glasses on first. This keeps both of us from forgetting in the early morning busyness.
Life is full of accessories. As the driver in the family, I usually have to remember my keys whenever I leave—and remember them again whenever I leave the car. I’ve had to break into my own house, with three squalling toddlers and an infant in tow—because I left my keys in the house, so I couldn’t unlock my car and had already locked the house. Of course, the times when this happened I was on my way to pick up Mark, so it’s not like he could unlock the door for me. So, remembering is a necessity, so I have developed habits to help me—usually involving leaving them in my purse except when in use and checking to make sure they’re where I left them before leaving the house/car.
So, how do you manage life’s accessories? What tricks have you learned to help yourself or your children?
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