THIS week’s Grateful For post was all planned out in my head. It was going to be an absolutely cracking read – as always. However, something happened last minute today that made me use the word “grateful’’ in a sentence. So I’m posting about that instead.

OK, let’s start from the beginning:

End of June: Ella’s child health nurse played some fun eye games with Ella before dropping the bomb – Ella was slightly vision impaired in her left eye. Probably not worth a whole post, but that’s what you got.

August 4: We were given a referral to a specialist, who happened to be on holidays. So we got his registrar. After the saddest face I’ve seen on Ella in a while after having drops and bright lights flashed in her eyes, we were told the news I’d been dreading – Ella would need glasses.

August 10: Finally got around to getting her to the optometrist to choose what were going to be “pink glasses like Rhapsody from The Fairies’’. I had fears it would end up looking more like Esme Watson from A Country Practise. However, I couldn’t find the prescription. I swear, it wasn’t me. Like a kid who lost her homework, I had to call for another. I mustered up the courage, only to be told that (for reasons I won’t go into), Ella would need to be retested. *sigh*

August 17: The female specialist revealed Ella was slightly long sighted in her left eye. OK, a little more information is good. With these results, the senior specialist then came in and said he’d like to see her himself two days later. OK, should I now be worried?

Yesterday: We played doctors and nurses, putting “raindrops’’ (Ella’s term) in patient Ella’s eyes for much of the day (there’s nothing like a bit of role playing to make the real task easier). That night I scored the wishbone from the chicken at dinner. “What’s your wish, Mum?’’ Ella asked. “I can’t tell, or it won’t come true,’’ I said.

Today: After successfully getting the “raindrops’’ in both eyes and making it to the specialist without too much panic, 10 minutes later he announces my wishbone wish had come true: “Ella doesn’t need glasses’’. What? Seriously? I have been through all that and now… nothing? More correctly, we had the choice to give her glasses and see if it improved the slight prescription she has or do nothing. After 90 seconds of silence, he then said: “I don’t think we’ll worry about glasses.’’ Ahhhhh, such relief…..

She will have to return in December for another check up (will keep you posted) but for now, at least, it seems glasses – and the Esme Watson look – are not a part of her life.

So, the moral of this story is that sometimes when things go wrong they can actually turn out to be something you are truly grateful for.

I’m joining with  Maxabella Loves to share what I’m grateful for.

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40 Responses to Grateful for the moment things go wrong

  1. That is something to be grateful for – yay for losing prescriptions and actually having a happy ending!!!!
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  2. Sally says:

    I must admit I have a soft spot for Esme Watson…but I am so happy for you and Ella that she doesn’t need to make such fashionistic choices at such a tender age!! Lovely post xxx
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    • Kel says:

      Hehe!! Same here, Sally. It was hard not to love Esme, Cookie and Bob! Yes, glad that all we have to battle now is trying not to match pink trousers with red t-shirts! 🙂

  3. Caz says:

    That is wonderful news Kel. So much less to worry about. How awesome that your wish came true. (Maybe you could make some more wishes 🙂
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  4. jody says:

    That is great news! seems like it was meant to be! x
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  5. Kate Sins says:

    Don’t you just love it when the universe is looking after you? Lovely ending! Happy weekend.
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    • Kel says:

      It was certainly looking after me this week, that’s for sure, Kate. Feeling pretty blessed. Even though Ella was actually getting quite excited at the thought of glasses! 🙂

  6. Rhianna says:

    The world has a funny way of working some things out doesn’t. So wonderful to hear your wish came true. Fairy wishes and butterfly kisses to you and the beautiful little Ella
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    • Kel says:

      Thanks Rhianna. Yes, it works in mysterious ways, for sure. While it won’t be the end of the world if it doesn’t work out, I am hoping it stays on my side come the December check up! 🙂

  7. That’s great news to be grateful for!
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    • Kel says:

      Yes, feeling a little relief, Jodi. Not a huge deal, I know, but if it means Ella doesn’t have to go through regular eye checks as I did as a kid, I’m happy. 🙂

  8. Tat says:

    That’s fantastic news! I almost cried in the beginning of your post recalling a familiar story from my childhood, but towards the end I got so excited for you. Yay for no glasses!
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    • Kel says:

      Thanks, Tat. Yes, I think the whole process has been bringing up many memories for me too. I think that’s why it’s been so important to me, even though there are definitely bigger issues to focus on. Just glad it’s one less thing for her to have to deal with. 🙂

  9. Elena says:

    Great news! Unfortunately for my little one, Connie, she needs glasses and she’ll have it in less than a month.

    • Kel says:

      All the best with it, Elena. I’ve had glasses (very, very thick glasses) since I was really young, which resulted in lots of tests and operations. Glasses have obviously come a long way since I was a kid. In fact, I think Ella’s a bit disappointed she won’t be having them now. I hope it’s an easy transition for Connie. xx

  10. Kirrily says:

    ‘Raindrops’. I love her! So glad for you and Ella.
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  11. Marita says:

    That is good news. So great when something goes wrong and it turns into a positive.
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    • Kel says:

      So true, Marita. In reality, it’s a not a huge deal, I know. As I said in my previous post, a lot of it comes down to the feelings I have from my childhood. It’s hard not to feel a bit of relief though. 🙂

  12. Nee says:

    A very worthy grateful. The Esme glasses did sound groovy though.
    PS Hope u have kept the original grateful post in your head – I’m intrigued!
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    • Kel says:

      Yes, I think Ella would have thought she was rather cool in some Esme glasses. Hehe!
      And yes, the original post is all there ready for next week, Nee!! 😉

  13. Maxabella says:

    That’s luck that is. I’m glad she doesn’t need glasses – it’s hard when you’re a kid and you have to worry about them constantly. x

    • Kel says:

      Yes, brings back all sorts of memories for me, Maxabella. Not that Ella would ever have had to go through what I did, but still very grateful this week. 🙂

  14. sarah says:

    definately something to be grateful for! Your wish came true! she is beautiful (love the pic of her!) xx
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  15. Defiantly something to be grateful for! 🙂

    I need to go and get my younger to monkeys eyes checked. hoping the outcome turns out similar to yours.

    My oldest son has glasses he was 7 when he got his first pair and he picked them all by him self. Rectangle shaped – with Fluro green and black frames, very funky indeed.

    Now his ten, his choice in colours has slightly changed, the frame he has now is also rectangle shaped but the frame colour is plain black.
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    • Kel says:

      Oh, how lovely. It’s great when they’re so enthusiastic about it. Ella was determined she wanted the Rhapsody-style glasses. Not sure if they’re even possible. As a kid, my glasses were very boring… and thick! It will be interesting to see what her test results are like in December now. 🙂

  16. That’s quite a roller coaster & in the long run, it’s only eye glasses, on a child who is still developing, so much changes, so quickly. Glasses are no big disaster in the grand scale of things, then to not need them, amazing. Maybe just grab her a pair of play glasses like Rhapsody (or Esme op shop style) so she can play around with them anyway. Your daughter is reading your reaction, you have to ensure glasses are so totally OK, if she does end up needing them. I take my 4 to eye appointments (they’re free entertainment really, like the dentist, no gap with private health insurance) & they love their moment in the chair. Happy days for your family, love Posie
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    • Kel says:

      So true, Posie. I’m very blessed to have a healthy and happy little girl – glasses or no glasses. Just realised I should have added that in from my previous post. Plus the fact much of my feelings surrounding Ella getting glasses stemmed from all that I went through during my childhood. It’s hard not to want to protect her from those moments. To be honest, I think she’s now a little disappointed she’s missing out on having glasses! Always the way!! Love your idea of getting her some to play with though. Fabulous. Thank you. xx

  17. Seana Smith says:

    That’s a good tale of good things coming from not so good. Feel for Ella as my Ms5 had the ‘raindrops’ in her eyes recently and hated the feeling, was terribly upset. Luckily, the squint had not returned. Whew.

    • Kel says:

      That’s great news, Seana. The first time she had the raindrops she was OK with it. Although, went a little quiet and cuddly. The second time they made me do it at home, so there was a lot of chasing her around the house before it actually happened!!! 🙂

  18. What a great story. I think I’m grateful for second opinions (for your sake), of course!

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  19. ally says:

    happy endings are always something to be grateful for
    loving Posie’s positive spin on it all too though!
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