Friday, January 28, 2011

An open letter to Dr. Dobson

Dear Dr. Dobson,
I've recently finished reading you books "Bringing Up Boys/Girls" and I was left feeling a little disappointed. Although you had great points and good advice, I don't think you have much experience in dealing with children like mine. Interesting children full of the devil "personality" and spunk. Children who don't fit into the mold. Children like my Logan.

Logan was playing Foosball the other night, and after bending down to pick up a dropped ball, was hit in the eye with one of the poles. We put ice on it and he seemed fine on the drive home. As soon as we pulled into the driveway that all changed. He insisted on being the one to tell his dad what happened and  soon after he did, the crying started. He cried ALL. NIGHT. LONG. And if we heard the words "My eye hurts" once, we heard it 10,000 times, until I finally had to threaten death. We are not bad parents.  We did everything we could to help. We iced it, gave him Tylenol, and prayed.  But the doctors office was closed and we couldn't do any more till morning.

In the morning I called his Doc. but couldn't get in till 1:20pm. I almost didn't make it... Logan had decided that it hurt to even open his "good eye" and had to walk around like a little blind boy! I had to lead him to the table for breakfast and even give him his shower. I was sure that he was just doing it for show and had to be peeking at some points. One look inside the bathroom when he was finished told me just how dedicated he was to this blind act. I was so relieved to finally get him to the doctor. I was counting on him to help me convince Logan that it was OK to open the uninjured eye. Fail.... The Doc. said he did scratch his eyeball on the right eye, and that is was very common for kids not to want to open the eye that wasn't injured. God help me! As we left the office I tried not to laugh as Logan walked right into the glass door, or when he fell multiple times at home because he would not open his good eye! I even felt a little bit guilty for letting him put on a girls top when he asked for some PJs. (I didn't let him suffer long)

Thankfully this only lasted until the next morning when the desire to play video games pushed him back into the world of the seeing again, and me back into the world of the sane :/

So Dr. Dobon (Dr. of normal children), I was really hoping that by reading your books I would have some knowledge of what to do and say at times like these. Instead I learned what to do when they talk back to an elder, or  what to say when your son wants to wear a dress to school. Not any real "where I live" kind of advice you know?  So maybe in your next book you can add things like "What to do when your son insists on playing blind, and pees all over your bathroom floor" and other helpful subjects like these.

                                                                                                       Looking forward to the next book,


  1. *dies laughing* But only the laughter from someone who shares your pain. Besides, if we don't laugh, we cry, right?


  2. Comments work! And yes. If we don't laugh we cry. Or run away and join the circus :)