This week, I finally got one of my boys to the optometrist (and myself!). Towards the end of the school year, he didn’t pass the vision screening at school, and I kept making a note to set the appointment, but found myself avoiding it. Not because I’m lazy but because my son is autistic and a) I didn’t know how he would handle the appointment, and b) I didn’t know if I could trust the results.
Before he got diagnosed with autism (at 19 months), he was diagnosed with a mild hearing loss in both ears (at 14 months), and we were told he needed hearing aids. Most people probably don’t know this, but most insurances don’t cover hearing aids because, apparently, “hearing” isn’t medically necessary. And you can’t buy hearing aids for babies and small children at Costco or Sam’s Club, so we had to pay $4k out of pocket. He hated them, pulled them out constantly, and after two years of trying a ton of creative ways to keep them in, we gave up. Then at 4 years old, he finally started to talk, and we were able to retest him with an audiologist who specialized in working with autistic and other special needs children, and guess what? He passed! Six months later, he passed again. And while I was thrilled that his hearing is fine, I was angry about that $4k that we had to scrape up because of a bad diagnosis, and all that time that we tortured him with hearing aids he didn’t need. Given that experience, I didn’t trust that the vision screening at school took his autism fully into account. And as it turns out, I was right because he passed his vision exam without any issue (except for the meltdown at the end).
On the fun side of things, we finally went to the New England Aquarium and had a great time. The touch pools are always our favorite, but the kids were also thrilled with the multiple species of penguin, and getting to see a cuttlefish up close for the first time! Afterwards, we went next door the IMAX theatre and they saw their first 3D film – Oceans. All in all, it was a great day!
Unfortunately, Thursday I threw my back out (again), and spent the rest of the week doped up on painkillers and muscle relaxants, and missed out on the quilt show I was supposed to go to on Friday. The upside is, my husband already had Friday off, so he didn’t have to call in to take care of the kids while I was laid up. Not 100% yet, but functional enough to forego the painkillers and take care of the kids.
The upside of being laid up is I was able to read more! I managed to finish two books – Against the Claw by Shari Randall and The Education of a Coroner by John Bateson – and make progress on a third, Winter of the World by Ken Follett. I’m not entirely sure what book(s) I’m picking up next because I’m trying to allow myself the freedom to be my mood reader self, in the hopes of avoiding another lengthy reading slump.
Wow. I started writing this post worrying I wouldn’t have enough to write about! How has your week been?