Saturday, November 23, 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
The best part is that with the help of therapy about 85-90% of people have a lot of improvement. This is especially true with children. Sometimes children with reading problems actually don't have problems with reading; it's more with their eye movements and focusing abilities.
Anyway, so that's what my test was on this morning. Now I've got to go study for my test on children's vision screenings, which is tomorrow.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
From the header:
Josh has fans. Not many of them from the looks of it, but what we lack in numbers, we more than make up for in fervor.
Rules: Don't post in the wrong place. Stay on topic, people. Don't use capital letters. I don't have time to tell you twice.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Today, for example, was wacko. They guy I saw was mentally handicapped and had severe behavioral problems. At the end of the exam, he didn't know that he had a $2 co-pay, and he FLIPPED OUT at the check-out counter. He refused to pay the $2 co-pay, and proceeded to make a huge scene by yelling, storming about, and stomping very fast down the hallway. It kind of reminded me of Olivia throwing a tantrum, except this guy was 6' 2" and weighed about 210 lbs.
It seems like any crazy patients that come to the school are always seen by me. And I'm not the only one who thinks so: everyone at the front desk and the Eyewear Gallery agrees that all the special situations seem to happen when I'm around. The main secretary at the Eyewear Gallery gave me a piece of gum as a reward for handling the situation nicely.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Two things stood out to me while reading my journal:
- How depressing my life should have been, if an outsider was observing my day-to-day actions
- How upbeat I was when recounting these events in my personal journal
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
|It's kind of a terrible picture, but just imagine it being super charming, because that's what it looks like.|
Monday, November 11, 2013
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Friday, November 8, 2013
Also tonight Katie and I played "Upwords" on the couch. I will there were more board games that can be played on the couch. I've done lots of searches in the past to look for games that can fall in this category, and it seems like only Battleship and Yamslam work. Anyone else have any ideas about what kind of board games can be played easily on the couch?
Thursday, November 7, 2013
- Rode the exercise bike for 30 minutes,
- while lifting weights.
- Started a load of laundry,
- folded that load of laundry,
- and folded the load of clean laundry from a week ago that hadn't been folded yet.
- Took a shower.
- Washed dishes from dinner.
- Swept the floor.
- Paid bills online.
- And wrote on my blog.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
- The doctor uses a sharp knife to cut her tummy. Olivia asked if she will cut it in half or in quarters, and we said just just one cut.
- This cut wont hurt Mommy because she will get special medicine.
- The doctor will take baby Felix out of Mommy's tummy, then she will sew her back up using a needle and thread. This also wont hurt Mommy.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Monday, November 4, 2013
Sunday, November 3, 2013
- Fiver and Hazel reach a river and need to cross it, and Fiver had the idea to build motorcycles. They go the library and check out a book on "How to build motorcycles" and Hazel builds the motorcycles for them. Then they do "popawheelies" over the river.
- Fiver's mommy tells them to gather berries, so they go to the forest to get them. Fiver notices that the red berries are good, but the black berries will make you sick. Fiver tells Hazel not to eat the black ones, but he doesn't listen and eats a black one and gets really sick. Fiver runs home to get his mommy, and she gives him some medicine and gets better. (Olivia got really scared in this one, and requested a happier story after I told it.)
- They eat blue carrots and turn blue. The only way to turn normal is to climb to the top of a high mountain and do back-flips all the way down.
- They go to the beach and build a massive city in the sand and live there for a few days, each bunny taking turns playing different roles, like police officer, teacher, grocer, and bus driver.
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Anyway, I thought I would tell you some palindromes I made up. After reading "Poisonwood Bible," I've always tried to pay attention to palindromes. Let me tell you, they are hard to make up. I'm always impressed when I hear someone say one. So here's what I've got:
Pots... pans. I snap, stop.
Petting zoo rule #1
Step on no pets
Yeah, that's about it. Do you know any others?
Friday, November 1, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
I had a really funny conversation with Olivia last night. As I was tucking her in, she asked me, "Daddy, how did baby Felix get in mommy's tummy?"
Great. How am I going to explain this?
"Well, babies come to a mommy and a daddy and the baby comes down from heaven."
She was quiet for a while and then said, "Do babies ever fall down from heaven?"
"No, babies are very safe in heaven. They won't fall down to earth."
She was quiet again for a while, then said, "Are my babies waiting in heaven now for me?"
"Yeah they're waiting for you now, and they'll come when you are older and married."
"I think they'll have to wait for a long long time...do you think they'll be bored up there?"
"I don't think so. I bet there is fun stuff to do."
"I bet baby Felix is pretty bored in mommy's tummy. Probably he will want to play with me a lot when he comes out."
Then she really impressed me with her insight and planning.
"Daddy, when I'm a mommy and have my babies, I think when I go to the temple on a date, I can have my babies watch baby Felix because he will be too little to go to the temple."
"That's a good idea Olivia."
I am always impressed with her ability to connect the dots. Sometimes she seems so much older than just four years old.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
She told me main purpose of her exam was to get glasses so that she could read and try to enjoy her life a little bit, because she wasn't planning on living longer than another four to five years. She had almost every problem known to man. When I picked her up, she was in a motorized wheel chair. She wasn't old (only 55), but she has suffered from seizures almost daily since she was two years old. This has severely impaired her walking ability.
She had breast cancer (with bilateral mastectomy -- she lifted her shirt and showed me the scars, which was shocking). She had colon cancer, and had almost all of her bowels removed, and uses a colostomy bag. She has lung cancer, from smoking every day. She has type 1 diabetes (the one you're born with). She has skin thinning, thrush in her mouth, yeast infections, incontinence, migraines, extremely low blood pressure, three heart attacks, a pace maker, 2 strokes, depression, and suicidal thoughts.
We had a long talk about suicide. That was interesting. Eventually, she said she doesn't want to take her life, but she is very ready to go. She is DNR, which means "do not resuscitate," so if she ever passes out or needs treatment or CPR or a blood transfusion or something, she doesn't want any help and she wants nature to take its course.
During the exam, I did her refraction and gave her prescription. I put the lenses in a trial frame her her to test out, and she was really happy with it. I mean, really happy. Like, almost in tears. She just wanted to read. But she had some other bad problems with her eyesight (like macular degeneration, and perhaps some retinitis pigmentosa), but we didn't want to dilate her or else she'd have a seizure in our chair. She told us we can try to just use the slit lamp to get a general overview of the health of her eyes, but we knew that she would need a dilated exam under general anesthesia.
Anyway, once we turned on the slit lamp and started looking at her upper eyelid, she immediately started having a seizures. Have you ever seen anyone have a seizure? They're pretty scary. Luckily, this one only lasted about 30 seconds, but it wasn't fun to watch. She started vomiting and crying and apologizing. Mostly she was just angry. Angry at herself and her body and her seizures. All she wanted was to be able to see, but we couldn't even look in to see what was wrong. She was crying and cursing and it was just very very sad. We gave her her prescription so that she could use her glasses to read and watch TV, but then at checkout the metal detector alarm went off and and had another seizure.
This one was bad. She was foaming at the mouth with her eyes rolled to the back of her head, her body shaking all over the place. At one point she grabbed my jacket and pulled me on top of her wheel chair. She was squeezing my hand so tight. The EMTs arrived in about 15 minutes, and her seizure was still going on. I had never heard of a seizure lasting that long. She was still convulsing when they transferred her onto the gurney, and the sped away to the ER.
I heard come the clinic chief that she is currently unconscious. I hope she will get better, but then again, maybe this is her time to go. Maybe this is selfish to say, but I'm glad she didn't pass away when she was with me. We were all seriously thinking that it could happen.
So anyway, I think I might try to visit her in the hospital tomorrow. I don't think she'll remember me, because she also suffers from short term memory loss. But maybe she will. But I should get back to studying because I have a midterm tomorrow and I haven't read through all the material yet, but I just couldn't focus and I thought that maybe by writing it all down I can get it out of my head for tonight so that I can study.
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Monday, June 3, 2013
- Some Lego blocks or Duplo blocks
- A track
|1. Set up your Lego blocks at pretty close intervals all along your track.|
|2. Role the dice and move your car along the track, with the Lego pieces being each spot you land on.|
|3. Once you land at your Lego piece, you put it in your pile. Keep going around the track until all the pieces are collected (or just until you get enough Legos...)|
|4. Use your collected Lego pieces to make awesome robots. Olivia's chomper robot is on the left, and my ducky robot is on the right. I think she won this round.|
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Some people think swimming for exercise is such a hassle, but it actually is my favorite form of exercise. Here's why:
- You never get sweaty. You're in water all the time, so you never overheat and get red or anything.
- You don't have to bring a whole change of clothes. All I bring is my swimsuit, a towel, and goggles. It's way less of a hassle than bringing tennis shoes, socks, shorts, a t-shirt, and whatever else. I don't even need a water bottle because I just drink the pool water when I'm thirsty. (I'm joking, I'm joking. Actually the thought of drinking pool water makes me gag a little, mostly because I saw a guy sneeze in the pool today. Blegh.)
- You can work out your entire body and get completely exhausted in like 20 minutes. It's a pretty fast and effective workout. Plus, it's like strength training and endurance training put together.
- You don't have to talk or acknowledge other people. I don't really like exercising with other people all that much because I kind of hate small talk and chit chat. With swimming, it's pretty much impossible to talk or listen to other people, so you can exercise with someone else without worrying about keeping up a conversation. It's an introvert's dream!
- It gives you time to think. I can't listen to music or podcasts while I swim, and that's OK, because it forces me to think about my day and my life at the moment. It's kind of like meditation, but more tiring.
- There's a huge clock on the wall so I don't have to worry about what time it is. I don't really like running or doing other exercises with a watch on because it always feels tight and sweaty, but then I'm always worried about being late. With swimming in the pool, I can just glance up. (I wear my contacts under my goggles so I can see the clock.)
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
I was practicing some things during lunch today, and I saw this huge LASIK machine just sitting in the middle of the hallway on the second floor. There wasn't anyone nearby, and I thought it was pretty cool.
Then I walked up to it and saw this bag sitting on the blue paper
Sunday, March 24, 2013
This is the song:
My monkey is a princeeeeess,
Ohhhh a princessss
A piiink princess
My daddy is not a priiiiincess
My daddy is a doggie
Friday, March 22, 2013
If you're having a hard time, she even wrote her own sentence explaining what is was:
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Here's a baptism one that I drew for Olivia to color while in church. We're also planning on doing it as part of our Primary lesson:
Here's a St. Patrick's Day/Rainbow themed one. Olivia is very excited about it:
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Once you print it out, just color this boxes in the left hand corner with the colors you want to use; that'll make it easier to use if your kid can't read yet.
Friday, March 8, 2013
This is found in the city of Bryan, Ohio. It's kind of in the middle of nowhere. See?
Bryan, Ohio looks like a pretty nice place.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
I said, "Oh no, I'm sorry Olivia! I didn't think you had water in you cheeks!"
Her reply was so great:
"That's OK daddy, it'll dry off in a little bit. But next time will you please not do squeezies on my cheeks?"
Monday, February 25, 2013
Nothing too exciting ever really happens at school because we can't see anything too complicated, but that is definitely not the case at work. For instance, last week a guy with Downs Syndrome came in and needed some surgery because half of his face was paralyzed. He couldn't blink one of his eyes, so that made that eye all nasty and it had a huge ulcer. They ended up having to permanently sew his eyelid shut so the eye wouldn't get worse. Me and 4 other people, including his mother, had to hold the poor guy down while the doctor sewed his eye shut. He was screaming and crying and straining the entire time. It just reconfirmed in my mind that I am very happy with my career choice and I don't want to be more invasive than I have to be.
Im too lazy to think of another story, so you just get one. Also, I am trying to learn some guitar chords. I know D, G, A, A minor, and C. It's actually surprising what songs you can play with just those chords.