Hi, my name is Macie. I am three years old and I wear a patch every single day.
My Mom and Dad said lots and lots of prayers that I would not have to wear a patch. They know that I do not like to have anything stuck to me. I have never even worn a band-aid, well, at least not for more than 5 seconds. Even when my mom buys those hello-kitty band-aids, I just scream and scream and rip them off. I do not even like stickers...ugh! Who wants something stuck on them? Not me!
The first day I wore my patch I could not see at all! I kept falling and running into things, I screamed a lot too. Mom told me it was going to help me see better, but I didn't believe her. She would not take the patch off no matter how much I cried. Instead she held me like a baby. She told me whenever I wear a patch I can choose any treat I want.
Every morning Mom says the same old thing, "Macie, move your hands so I can put your patch on."
When is she going to get it?
I HATE THE PATCH!
Plus, I bet she wouldn't give me my treat if I let her put it on me without fighting a bit.
Mom was very happy that I only have to wear it for 2 hours. Only 2 hours? Do you know how long 2 hours is? My mom always sets the timer and sometimes I just watch and watch and watch...it takes forever! She must be really smart because sometimes I try to trick her and tell her the timer went off, but she always knows it's a trick.
Mom buys the "expensive" patches because I think they are cute, especially the pink-hunter patch my baby wears.
Did I tell you I hate patches? Because I do, but sometimes I forget it's there.
I tell my mom every single day to pull it off SLOWLY and she always says,
"Macie you say that every day! I will take it off slowly!"
Sometimes it doesn't hurt too much, but sometimes my hair is stuck on it, and sometime my eyelashes! I don't know why Mom can't get it on right, I'm not fighting that hard when she puts it on.
One time I took a shower with my patch on. When Mom took it off later, it was extra sticky and gooey. I screamed and screamed. Mom picked sticky gooey stuff off my eye and face and told me she was "so so sorry". I cried for a long time and I did not forgive her. I remind her about it everyday so she doesn't forget.
We usually stay home when I wear my patch. Sometimes we have to go to soccer games or the store. Lots of people stare at me when we do. Sometimes they ask my mom questions about me, she always smiles but I can tell she doesn't like them. Once a man at the store said, "Look how cute that baby is with the eye patch." Can you believe that? I am not a baby! It made me SOOOO mad.
I have to wear these dang patches for a year. I don't know how long that is, but it is taking forever! When I went to the doctor last time, he said he has never has seen someone's eye get stronger as fast as mine. Mom was so happy and said that our prayers are being answered, even though it's hard. I don't know about that, but I do get a prize from the doctor and a treat from mom every day. The doctor said I will also probably have to have surgery when we are finally done. I don't know what that is either, but it can't be worse than these dang patches!