I sometimes refer to Oia as Miss P. It's just been one of those names that has stuck since those early infant days. Seems fitting...P stands for a number of things that Oia is to me like Perfect, Pretty, Patient, Petite, Persistent, Pistol (on occasion), and a couple others but now a new one for the list...Patched Princess!
Patching is going so well, much better than ever expected.
I'm not sure what makes me more happy...bidding farewell to those nasty Atropine drops or the simple fact that Oia has dug deep for more tolerance and she's willing now to wear the patch as needed each day. Since patching was recommended a year ago, the idea was a lead balloon, hence the alternative drops. Life with an eye patch is much more pleasant and manageable. Outside time in the sun is not so dreadful for Oia but rather enjoyable again. Having the use of just one eye, as you can image, does present some added physical challenges for her, but overall she seems unfazed by the patching. A good sign in my opinion.
Patch time immediately follows nap. The goal is two hours of wearing. I have been a bit obsessive about tracking the time Oia wears the patch and make note of time worn on my calendar. Time worn varies each day but my philosophy is that every effort and every minute counts. Basically, it comes off when she takes it off. There is no use in making this a battle or we won't get any positive from it.
Day 1 was 45 min. worn. Day 2 was 1 hr 45 min. Day 3 was 2 hr 45 min. Day 4 was just one hour but considering she exceeded the 2 hour suggested time the day before I didn't worry about it. And Day 5, yesterday, was 2 hr 30 min. As time goes on and this becomes more of our routine, I know I won't be so obsessive. But, in the name of Miss P's eyesight, obsessive is a good thing!