The Tragic Optimist

Category Archives: eyes and ears and mouth and nose

quick bit of Costco love

Last year, I bought prescription sunglasses for Zoe and I at Costco. On Friday, I wore them out and about while running errands. I couldn’t find them on Saturday. On Sunday, I noticed a crumpled black object by my car’s back tire.  My heart fell before I event picked it up.  I knew immediately what …

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The blogging bug

I’ve been missing this blog – I’ve been missing blogging in general.  This morning, I had a couple hours all to myself (I’m working the evening shift tonight), and got to do some work on my Little Four Eyes blog.  I got so fired up and remembered how much I love these spaces.   I …

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Sweet dreams

Zoe called out for me in the middle of the night last night. I ran up the stairs, bathrobe hastily thrown on to see what was the matter. “I had a dream mommy” she tells me quietly, “a dream about flowers and lots of roses and we could smell them! Was that a good dream? …

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patcher

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 …

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you’re not alone

When Hazel cries while Zoe’s around, Zoe will usually run to her and hold Hazel’s hand or give her a hug.  “You’re not alone,” she’ll tell her little sister, “big sister is here.” It pretty much melts my heart into a pile of goo. Recently, I’ve found myself repeating the “you’re not alone” part to …

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cross-generational eye surgery

cross-posted from Little Four Eyes. Right around the time that we learned that Zoe would need strabismus surgery, my grandma learned that she had put off cataract surgery for as long as was possible, and, as the ophthalmologist put it, her choice was to schedule the surgery now, or by her next eye exam, it …

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oh ugh

After our wonderful morning together, I dropped Zoe off, wrote a blog post, did some laundry and headed to work.  I got to work just as an email arrived from Chris.  Zoe was being sent home from day care because it appears she has pink eye.  Ugh.  Chris took her to the eye clinic (because …

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things I learned from Zoe’s surgery

My little girl is a hard-core trooper.  If I had just gone through surgery, I would have been on the couch demading that Chris bring me grapes and bon-bons.  Zoe was up and running around and laughing and playing that afternoon.  And demanding grapes.  She is my daughter after all. People rock.  The internet facilitates …

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surgery restrictions

We just got the packet from Zoe’s ophthalmologist’s office with “Information you need to know about your surgery.” Which isn’t too helpful since Zoe isn’t doing much reading yet. I blame her farsightedness – it makes it difficult for her to focus on the fine print. That and the fact that she isn’t 2 yet, …

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Of ears and drums

On Sunday, we noticed that Zoe had some discharge in her left ear. We cleaned it off and kept watching it, but it looked mostly like thin ear wax, so we decided to take a wait and see approach, she didn’t have a fever, wasn’t pulling on her ear, and didn’t have any blood in …

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