Monday, April 27, 2009

Frustration, worry and good news!

I will start with the frustration because I love to end things on a good note. I patch Randy's eyes alternating each eye each day. Well the last few weeks has been a nightmare trying to keep the patch on. He did well at first; barely making a fuss except when it was time to take it off. Lately, he has taken off his patch several times a day; especially his right eye. The nurse at the office suggested putting socks on his hand when he pulled the patch off. Put the patch back on and take the socks off after a while. This would teach him a consequence for pulling off the patch. Well I tried it. He looked at the socks and put them in his mouth and smiled like "I like the way this feels". Then about ten minutes later, he took the patch off with the socks on his hand!!

Now the worry comes into play because he takes the patch off and puts it in his mouth. I was taking a bath (instead of a shower so I could hear him) and put him in his crib with toys. I left the bathroom door open (I know, but what's a mom to do?). It got too quiet so I jumped out the tub and walk in his room to find the patch off his eye and in his mouth. He could easily choke on this. I am at my wits end. I will have to stare at him for four hours straight so that he can get his patching time.

Now the good news. Randy rolled from stomach to back!!!!!!! This is huge. The therapist and I think that once he masters this, he will take off. He has been rolling from back to stomach for about 4-5 months. Once he started sitting up in February, it seems like he hit a wall. He has not hit anymore milestones since then.

I will include video clip as soon as my daughter gets home with her camera.

I'm taking suggestions for the patching dilemma.


  1. Yay! I'm so happy that Randy is doing well. That's exciting to hear that he rolled back to stomach! I wish i could help with the patch dilemma. I don't want him to choke either but I do want him to keep it on. Can't wait to see the video!

    -Becky Ray

  2. My daughter also wore a patch at your son's age and did the same thing. It was a constant stuggle most days. Many times I found it in her mouth. As she got older it did lessen and now that she had the surgery and wears glasses, she doesn't wear the patch anymore. But I feel your pain!