Zoe finished her 10th day of patching this morning. It hasn’t been easy, I know she doesn’t like it and it’s hard to see with the patch on, but I’ve been super proud of what a trooper she’s been, wearing it without complaint (though she does ask how much longer she needs to keep it on).
Last Friday, when we first learned she’d need to patch, she’d been hesitant to wear the patch out where others could see her in it – she was worried people would laugh at her. I was worried it would cause problems at daycare, but she reported that only one kid laughed once, but that a lot of kids kept thinking she’d hurt her eye, even if the teachers told them what the patch was for. Still, I was surprised yesterday when she asked why she didn’t wear her patch at swim lessons, and told me that she wanted people in her swim class to know that she wore an eye patch. I wanted to ask why, but was afraid it would come across as sounding like I thought she should hide from wearing the patch, so I filed it away. Then as we were picking out clothes last night, I gave her the choice of wearing her patch to Sunday school, or waiting until after church. She wanted to wear it to Sunday school and church, and again brought up that she wanted everyone to know she wore a patch. This time, I couldn’t help myself and asked her why. “So if they see me wearing a patch later on, they won’t ask me why I’m wearing it, or laugh at me,” was the answer. She’s a proactive one, my girl is.
I will say, after walking through church with her with the patch on, I can see her point. The number of well-meaning people who asked her if she’d hurt eye was getting a bit overwhelming. For the record, given the prevalence of amblyopia, it’s probably safer to assume that a kid wearing an eye patch is strengthening the vision in their unpatched eye, rather than recovering from an eye injury.