Blind Kid ‘Feels Terribly’; Suffers at Reading
John Taylor was born blind, but had always had a great attitude. Entering first grade, he just wanted to be treated like a normal kid – for the most part, he was – but as it turns out, his mother missed key signs of his metacarpal neuropathy, another more rare ailment that was missed in the shadow of his leading disease, blindness.
While attempting to learn to read, he continually told his mother that he was having trouble reading because he ‘felt terribly’. She would coddle and hold him telling him he wasn’t different, and he could do it!
What she didn’t realize is that he was simply telling her that he couldn’t feel in the tips of his fingers and thus couldn’t make out his braille lessons. A classic helicopter mom, always neurotic and worried about her son (as if he could go more blind), perhaps she should have focused more on her mastery of adverbs.
Finally, at his routine check up, his family pediatrician identified the nerve damage in his hands and has finally got him on a path to ‘feeling better’.