I just read the wonderful story Danielle wrote in comments and it reminded me of a similar experience we had at the hospital for Teagans eye surgery.
As I’ve said, Teagan had eye surgery a week & a half ago. As I walked away from my daughter to go to the waiting room (one of the hardest moments of my life so far) I was crying and nervous; basically a big mess. No surprise there, which one of us wouldn’t be!! When we sat down I noticed a couple casually drinking coffee, joking around, and checking their email on their matching Mac’s. I’d had noticed them earlier, they had a boy about 12-14 years old. The first thought that went through my head was “how can these parents be so calm and casual while their son is in surgery? “What jerks!” Then it struck me!!!What has this family been through that has made a couple hour outpatient procedure such a non event? Painful treatments? Long hospital stays? Risky procedures? How lucky am I that a routine day surgery is such a traumatic experience!
In the end, it doesn’t make the experience my family has had to go through any easier. If I had to do it over again I will still be just as emotional when we found out Teagan needed glasses, patching or surgery. Still, it is a nice reminder that I am very lucky. My child is healthy, smart, and active. While these eye care issues have been frustrating and disappointing at times, at least they are not tragic. I guess today I’m grateful for glasses.