Life has a way of interfering sometimes …

Compliance and commitment are important to the outcome of Vision Therapy. The majority of the reading I have done during my research supports the theory that a combination of in-office and at-home activities & exercises will ensure the best possible results from treatment. This takes commitment – from the whole family – and yet sometimes no matter how committed you may be, and no matter how dedicated you are, circumstances beyond your control will arise.

That’s what happened to us this past week. Nothing major in the grand scheme of life, but our daughter came down with a bad head cold that really took a lot out of her. As a result, we missed last week’s Vision Therapy appointment and our homework has been delayed as well. In the past when she’s been sick with a cold, it’s been fairly minor so we’ve forged ahead despite her not feeling 100%. (There’s a difference between a case of the sniffles, but otherwise feeling like oneself versus fever, sinus headache and lethargy – especially when it comes to young children.) This time however, I knew that pushing her to continue would have the opposite effect. Helen, our vision therapist, agreed. She said, to force therapy while ill just adds more stress to the body and it’s better to take time to heal rather than try to muddle through.

So rest we did. A few days later our daughter was feeling better and we’ve managed to fit in three days of vision therapy homework. Not ideal, but better than none at all. It’s a new week. Our daughter is feeling much better, and we’ll attend our next appointment as planned and continue to move forward.

The week hasn’t been without its successes either. Yesterday our daughter was playing an I Spy game with her younger brother. You know the type – a page of different objects all mish-mashed together and the reader has to find the match amongst the various details on the page. In the past, our daughter would have avoided the activity completely or become very frustrated by it. This time, she was remarkably calm, spotted a number of items that even I couldn’t find, and did so quickly.

Little steps in the right direction …

Staircase on Mount Davidson

Staircase on Mount Davidson, by Lori D’Ambrosio

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6 thoughts on “Life has a way of interfering sometimes …

  1. It has been fun reading about your journey so far in vision therapy. We have had a lot of patients sick at our VT clinic lately and we advise the exact same thing. No need to stress your system while trying to recover. We also joke sometimes, as therapists, how we can predict when someone is going to be sick because all of a sudden an activity will be hard even though they have already proven to be able to accomplish it. And sure enough the next day we will be contacted by a parent that their child has come down with something…

  2. Hi Katie,

    Thanks so much!

    Your comment about you and your colleagues being able to predict when someone is going to be sick is very interesting to me. Shortly before my daughter got sick she was having trouble with circle jumps, even though she’d done them incredibly well for several days before that. I hadn’t even thought the two might be linked – but of course they would be!

    The mind/body connection never ceases to amaze me.

    April

  3. Hello. I am the photographer who took the image of the staircase on Mount Davidson in San Francisco. I was interested in why you chose to post this image in relationship to vision therapy. I am flattered that you did and don’t have a problem with your using it, but would like to know your reasoning. I hope that your daughter has success with the therapy. Thanks.
    Lori D’Ambrosio

  4. Hi Lori,

    I felt your photo tied-in with my perspective of our small steps forward in our journey through vision therapy. It’s a beautiful photo. It came up as suggested images through Zemanta via WordPress, so I assumed it was okay to use.

    I know you mentioned you are fine with my using it – thank you. However as the photographer, if you’re at all uncomfortable – as I appreciate my use may not tie-in with your intended purpose – please let me know and I will remove it.

    Thank you again.

    April

    • P.S. I sense I may have unintentionally overstepped by not asking your permission to use this photo. My sincerest apologies if this is the case. I am a novice blogger, and while I have been doing my research, I am still learning as I go. I assumed that because your photo came to my attention via Zemanta that my use without going directly through you was acceptable.

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