Floey and the fake eye

December 23, 2015 • Posted in blindness, guest blog, technology for people who are blind, Uncategorized by

Here’s the guest post you’ve been waiting for! Floey’s account of her tenth birthday celebration in Chicago Monday…

by AnnMarie Florence Czerwinski

Here we are at Chicago's Christkindl Market after the polishing.

Here we are at Chicago’s Christkindl Market after the polishing.

I experienced a birthday of a lifetime. I got to go to the ocularist with my great ol’ Aunt Betha.

It was a little freaky but it was really cool. First probably the weirdest part. The doctor pulled out her eye with a suction cup thingee! Then he let me watch him clean it.

He rubbed this gooey stuff on it rubbed it on different wheels and then rinsed it off then we left.

We walked to the Christkindl Market to eat some good food and then walked to the Bean.

By the way I fixed Betha’s cell phone, too.

The end.

Back to Great Ol’ Aunt Betha: It’s true! Floey did fix my cell phone – the VoiceOver app I use to make it talk wasn’t working, and like all ten-year-old kids in America in 2015, Floey knows how to slide and tap her fingers on an iPhone screen to make it do what it’s supposed to do.

PS: Janet, Floey’s mother, asked me to add one detail her ten-year-old neglected to mention in this guest post: before Floey and I left his office, the ocularist did remember to use that “suction cup thingee” to pop my prosthetic eye back in.

Leone Anderson On December 23, 2015 at 6:01 pm

Merry Christmas to you and yours, Beth. And a wonderful new year with many more shared stories from you and Mike. Lee

bethfinke On December 24, 2015 at 11:22 am

And to you, too, Lee. Merry Christmas!


Cheryl On December 23, 2015 at 6:17 pm

I know this will be a birthday AnnMarie will not forget. She did share with us later that she was concerned that you weren’t experiencing any pain when all the suctioning was going on. I’ll bet her brain is just whirling with things she learned that day and questions coming up in your future;)

bethfinke On December 24, 2015 at 11:23 am

She was very sweet about that during the appointment. “Does that hurt?” she’d ask. “You sure it doesn’t hurt?” A fun and sweet girl, that Floey.


Janet On December 23, 2015 at 6:27 pm

Thank goodness, they put the eye back in. Floey was probably conducting an interview with the Doctor, or perhaps critiquing techniques at that point, or wanting to get the heck outta there, so she could eat some potato pancakes at the German Market!

bethfinke On December 24, 2015 at 11:24 am

I think that last guess is right. She was dreaming of potato pancakes by then.


Mel Theobald On December 23, 2015 at 8:35 pm

The Christkindlmarket and the Bean. What a perfect ending to an extraordinary day. Thank you Floey and great ol’ Aunt Betha for adding to the joy of this Holiday Season. And a belated Happy Birthday Floey.

bethfinke On December 24, 2015 at 11:28 am

Thanks, Mel –I’ll forward your belated wishes to that big ten-year-old …


Sue Doyle On December 23, 2015 at 9:05 pm

Too, too funny! Glad y’all had fun. Merry Christmas Beth & Mike, and Floey & her/your family too…

bethfinke On December 24, 2015 at 11:32 am

And Merry Christmas to you, too Sue. I’ll forward your good wishes on to Floey and folks.


Deborah Darsie On December 23, 2015 at 9:18 pm

What a fun insight into the time at the ocularist. I had never thought about the need for ‘maintenance’.
I wonder which of the day’s events Floey enjoyed most?

bethfinke On December 24, 2015 at 11:32 am

Good question. I’ll ask and get back to you…


Vivian Fernbacher On December 24, 2015 at 12:05 am

Hi Beth, I am one of your former memoir students at CLL and really enjoy the blogs that you and Mike write. Keep them coming. I am planning to see “Good for Otto” because of Mike’s review. I forwarded the piece to John Gawlik at the Gift Theatre because he had not seen the blog praising the play.

My computer tells me that today is your birthday. If that is correct, I hope that you had a great day!


Vivian Fernbacher vfernbacher@me.com 847.924.8471


bethfinke On December 24, 2015 at 2:51 pm

You have a very smart computer. *Thank* you for the birthday wishes, and especially for the compliments on our blog posts. I love that you sent Mike’s on to the folks at Gift, and please send us a note after you see “Good for Otto” to let us know if/how you liked it. Happy holidays, Vivian, and keep writing those memoirs of yours.


Leslie Stope On December 24, 2015 at 12:49 pm

Merry Christmas old friend. I enjoy reading your blogs, and I hope that very soon we will get a chance to get together.

Leslie Stipe On December 24, 2015 at 12:51 pm

Geez, can’t spell my name right
Tried to fix it– how embarrassing!

bethfinke On December 24, 2015 at 2:12 pm

Je pensei que c’était ta nom de plume….


Leslie On December 25, 2015 at 5:34 pm

Bien sur…

Sheila A. Donovan On December 24, 2015 at 8:41 pm

Sounds like a good time was had by both of you!

bethfinke On December 25, 2015 at 6:30 pm

Well, I hthink she’d happily return for a visit to ChristKindl Market and the Bean , but the ocularist….? Jury still out.


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