Wednesday, February 25, 2009

If Amblyopia Goes Untreated

If Amblyopia goes Untreated

I feel like I need to add a little bit more valuable information on Ambyopia.

What happens if amblyopia goes untreated?
If not treated early enough, an amblyopic eye may never develop good vision and may even become functionally blind.

How many people have amblyopia?
It is estimated that two to three percent of the general population suffers from this form of visual impairment.

What treatments are available?
Before treating amblyopia, it may be necessary to first treat the underlying cause.
Glasses are commonly prescribed to improve focusing or misalignment of the eyes.

Surgery may be performed on the eye muscles to straighten the eyes if non-surgical means are unsuccessful. Surgery can help in the treatment of amblyopia by allowing the eyes to work together better.

Eye exercises may be recommended either before or after surgery to correct faulty visual habits associated with strabismus and to teach comfortable use of the eyes.

I have to say it has been a long journey with the treatment of Amblyopia with Preston. It has been four years now. But we know the alternative and that is not an option.

I know all you mothers and fathers, grandparents, anyone that is a major player on trying to help treat your Childs eye out there feel the same way.
I know this because if you did not feel the same way you would not be following my blog.
Good for you keep up the great work!!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Facts about Amblyopia

Facts about Amblyopia

There have been some people asking me about Amblyopia so I thought I would share some facts about it.

Amblyopia is responsible for more loss of vision in people age 45 and younger than all other eye diseases and trauma combined. That is shocking.

A condition in which a person's vision does not develop properly in early childhood because the eye and the brain are not working together correctly. Amblyopia, which usually affects only one eye, is also known as "lazy eye." A person with amblyopia experiences blurred vision in the affected eye. However, children often do not complain of blurred vision in the amblyopic eye because this seems normal to them. Early treatment is advisable, because if left untreated, this condition may lead to permanent vision problems. Treatment options include vision therapy exercises or and prescription eyeglasses. People with amblyopia may need to wear an eye patch over their stronger eye in order to force the affected eye to function as it should.
We need to educate and bring awareness to this eye disease.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Valentines Party

Valentines Party

Preston and the kids had a great time. They loved the card projects and treats and of course the cookies with frosting and sprinkles. We gave them the cookies after the card project right before going home.
I had to take Preston to get is frames fixed on one of his pair of glasses and adjust the other pair because it was loose on him.
His little friend Evan accidentally hit Preston with his knee and hit him on the corner of his eye ouch. We had to put a little bit of ice on his eye. This happened super bowl Sunday.
As for his last basketball game they won! And Preston scored 2 baskets. Nice way to finish off the season.

Yorkk came home with some roses since it’s for Valentines. They are very nice.
We got up this morning and Yorkk took us to breakfast. We gave Preston a box of chocolate candies and the movie Space buddies with the golden retriever puppies. He was very excited. I am fighting a migraine today. I took something for it but it makes me groggy. When we got home Preston put his eye patch on for a couple of hours. I wanted him to wear it longer but he was saying it makes me dizzy right now.
My sister in-law is coming over with my niece for Valentines dinner. We are having steak and crab. Preston used to eat crab but now he would prefer not to. So I have to get together and start cooking.
Preston’s friend Evan and his family might be coming over later to play games. We should have a nice time.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Preston is Excited for Valentines Party

Preston Is Excited for Valentines Party!

Preston wrote out all his Valentines yesterday after school. He checked off each Childs name is his class so he would not forget one. Of course he also made one out for his close little buddy Evan and his little adorable little sister Eva. Preston and Evan spend allot of time together, they just live down the street from us. Preston wrote one out for another neighbor Keith, is older but just wonderful with the kids.

I just finished making heart shaped sugar cookies to take to Preston’s class. I am a little tired from last night. I was hoping they would turn out okay and they did. I went to a friend’s book signing for some support and than went to my non-profits reception that was fabulous.
The children are going to put frosting and sprinkles on the cookies.
Than we are also going to make Valentine cards for someone special in their life mom and dad sister who ever they feel like making the card for. I thought as a room mom it would be very cute to do.
I also asked his teacher Ms. Dey to take pictures of each child so we could put it on the front of the card with a heart lace dollies. Of course she went ahead and took care of it.
I am so excited to go to his party. I will let you know later how it all went.
Preston has his last basketball game of the season. Hopefully his friend Evan and his family will be able to come and watch him play. Calla Preston’s sister will also be there. Calla has been very supportive to Preston with his activities.

I will write later after his last game and let you know how they boy’s all did.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Preston Went Dirt Biking

Preston Went Dirt biking

Preston came home and said he had a great time and you could tell that his confidence level went up. But for his father he did not have such luck. He wiped out. He said he was on a jump and it was windy and we all know the rest of that story. He put the bikes away eat dinner and than decided he better go to the ER. He had an x-ray and cat scan done. They told Yorkk that he bruised his lungs and some organs. He came home with something to blow into so that he would not get ammonia; he also went and picked up some pain pills. He was in pain all night and the next day.
Preston hung out and patched and played some wii games while his dad lay on the couch. I gave him the lecture of course on how dangerous of sport dirt biking is. He has heard that a million times. I try really hard to not think about it to much. Preston really enjoys it, and he is really good at it.

I am so excited today! I mailed out my query letter and manuscript this afternoon to a children’s traditional publisher. I have been working on it for over a year. I just have such a wonderful feeling seeing the finish product ready for print.
I told Preston about it after school and he was really excited. He wants to see the book out in the stores. I had to explain to him that it could be a very long process. Sending it out to several publishers and be denied. It could be three months before you could find out. They have all the control. But I know the reasons of writing this book and I am going to keep going. I have faith that the books will be out in print.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Preston's Spelling Test

My Personal Journey as Preston’s mom
Part 5

Preston had a good week and he was very happy because he did great on his spelling test. He could not wait to tell me about it after school.
The words this week were fairly hard, I think it‘s been the toughest so far this year. He is even happier that it was Friday! That means no school for the weekend, and also Basketball night.
My daughter Calla came over for dinner and she went with us to see her little brother play basketball. He had another great game. We just could not say the same thing for the referee that night. She just did not show up! We didn’t want to say too much but it was to the point that the guy in charge of the Aurora Recreation and parks had to stop the game and talk to the coach’s and the referee.
Preston had some little boy wrapped around him when he had the ball and that happened several of times.
Calla and another boy’s mom and I said come on now, so they had to do something at that point. At this age they have to really learn what the rules of the game and they play man to man, sort of speak, the boy’s all wear color coated wrist bands and that’s how they know who to cover. We were glad when the game was over. The good thing is the boy’s really didn’t know what was going on. They still had fun!

Preston and Yorkk went dirt biking this morning since it was a pretty nice day outside. Preston really had no rode his bike much since he had the last accident so this is good for him. He will start to build up his confidence again. I just worry about it every time he goes out there. But that is one of the things that he and his father really enjoy doing together. So I try not to say too much.
Preston made sure to patch this morning before he went. It is easy to get him to Patch when he has something he really wants to go and do. I guess it is a little bit of bribery, but as I tell him he needs to patch anyway. So it works out in the end. Let’s hope when I write in the morning that everything went just fine for the boys out with their dirt bikes.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Preston's Basketball Game

Preston’s Basketball Game

Preston had a great game and a good time this Friday evening. The team that they just played on Friday was the 1st team they played at the beginning of the season. The other team stomped on us the 1st time we played them but not the 2nd time around, their team only won by one point. The great thing is that his Uncle Craig drove down from the mountains to see his game. Aunt Lynda and Aspen also came to see Preston play. Preston scored the 1st basket of the game. He was very happy about that.

After the game the coach and a few other parents and children went to my daughter’s place of employment to get something to eat. The kids all played pool and had a great time. The Parents got to unwind and have a drink. We were there for a couple of hours and my daughter Calla waited on us of course and did a great job!

Our dog Beau

Our dog Beau
Preston's eye patch buddy

Preston and his eye Doctor

Preston and his eye Doctor
Eye Exam

Preston and Beau Eye Patching

Preston and Beau Eye Patching
Eye Patch Buddies