Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
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Remember when I wrote about the life-changing day that we had last week, when we discovered that Twin A can't hear and needs double hearing aids? Well, today we had a life-changing discovery that impacted Twin B...
Twin A had originally failed her hearing test at school. That's what led to my mom taking her to the audiologist. Twin B did fine on her hearing test, but failed the vision test. So guess where my mom took her today? That's right, the eye doctor.
My littlest sister needs glasses. Her eyes are so bad that she literally does not even use one eye. It's extremely weak and now the doctor is working to correct that problem in addition to the overall poor eyesight. But the good news is that we caught the problem early enough that the doctor thinks that it can definitely be fixed and my sister will have full use of both of her eyes. Apparently, if the doctor hadn't found this problem until a year from now, it would have already been too late to fix the issue and my sister wouldn't have ever regained use of that weaker eye.
Luckily, since half of my family wears glasses, my little sister was more excited about needing them than nervous about it. She's currently wearing an eye patch for a few hours a day to strengthen the weaker eye, and then her glasses should come in relatively soon. My mom caught me up on everything that happened at the eye doctor's once I got home from work, so I can't wait to ask my sister about it tomorrow morning, but I did find out that my sister picked out purple glasses for herself... I'm sure she's going to love them and will look as adorable as ever. My mom actually sent me a picture of my sister with the eye patch on this afternoon, and she looked really cute in that too!
I feel like my little sisters are going through so many changes now, but all of these changes will only be for the better. I know that it's going to take a lot of getting used to for both the girls and the rest of the family, but I can't wait to see how their lives are going to improve once Twin A gets her hearing aids and Twin B gets her glasses.
It's funny, but just like after we heard about Twin A, my mom was realizing how there have been signs that Twin B needed glasses. Even as a baby it was clear that her eyesight wasn't perfect, but she seemed to be doing alright. Actually, she did hold books and her tablet really close to her face, and she always put her face right up in the television when she was watching a show. It's funny how much you notice after you find out what the problem was.
I'm pretty sure that both the hearing loss and the vision problems can be attributed back to the girls being born so prematurely. They were born at just 26 weeks gestation, and the woman who carried them had only had something like ten days of prenatal care over the course of the pregnancy. Add in the drug addiction that the girls were born with, and we've all just been thrilled that they've been doing so well this far in life. So what if they need help to hear and see better? They're absolutely flourishing compared to what they started out facing at the beginning of life. Sometimes it's hard to remember just what they went through before being placed in our care, especially because we had them from such a young age, but they really went through a lot before being put into foster care. I'm so proud of all that they're accomplishing in their young lives, because they've certainly worked hard to get to where they are today!
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My family has been doing foster care since I was three years old. I'm the only biological child in my family, though I now have five permanent siblings. Having nineteen siblings over the course of my lifetime has been an incredible experience, and I'm hoping that by sharing some of the ups and downs of being the only bio kid in a foster family, other foster families or people looking into doing foster care will be able to learn a bit of what life can be like. I also like to share what life is like on my journey to becoming a published author, as well as where my schooling and career choice are taking me.