01-30-18 The Chronicles of My Colorblind Son…

Big E woke up with a fever this morning. I took the day off so I could get him into the pediatrician’s office. The flu has been going around, as well as a few other nasty bugs, and I wanted to be on top of whatever he had come down with. His symptoms were all pretty mild- a low grade fever, a slight headache, a slight tummy ache, and a little bit of coughing. I got him an appointment for 1:30 and we lazed around the house until it was time to leave.

When we got there, we were left waiting in the exam room for awhile. We had been placed in a “Disney Princess” themed room, and the walls were covered with the various princesses. We got bored quickly, so I came up with a game to test Big E’s colorblindness. These are the results…

  1. I asked him what color dresses these girls were wearing. Without a hesitation, he said they were pink. Both of them. Identical colors. (Interestingly enough, there was another picture of Cinderella in a slightly darker blue dress, and he nailed the color on that one.)IMG_20180130_180430_028.jpg
  2. With Tiana he informed me that her dress was tan. IMG_20180130_180453_468
  3. This apple- Green and YellowIMG_20180130_180511_659
  4. And as for this picture, he told me that Ariel’s hair and the fish next to her were the exact same color- Red. IMG_20180130_180254_186

Guys, his colorblindness is for real! We’ve known about his situation since last spring, but this was the best test I have been able to do with him so far. At the beginning of the school year I informed his teacher about the colorblindness, and she has been wonderful. She always pairs him with another student if they are doing an activity that requires colors, so I feel like they are taking my concerns seriously. I’m definitely happy with how they have been handling it in the classroom.

As for our sick visit, that was good news. No flu- just a virus that has to run its course, and so it will. When he has tylenol or ibuprofen, you would never know he was sick, so that is wonderful. I’m hoping that he will get a full night’s rest tonight and feel better in the morning, even if he will be staying home.

Oh, and today he informed me that he really likes sick days because I let him watch TV all day. Hey, if it keeps him resting, that’s fine by me. 🙂

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