Doctor and His or Her Children

My dad is an excellent surgeon who studied Cardiothoracic Surgery with Dr. Debakey and Dr. Denton Cooley at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston.

A few years ago he was told he was pre-diabetic. He went crazy about not eating carbs. I have written about this before. He began accusing us of child abuse every time we gave our kids bread. While I do agree it is a good idea to keep kids away from carbs in general, my husband was not thrilled about being called a child abuser for giving his kids bread.

In 2017 for the first time in years, he came over for Christmas and did not say we were child abusers when the bread and desserts came out. We were so happy. I skipped all desserts, and the bread, and the stuffing, as did my dad.

Presently with the finding that computers and all electronic screens are destroying meibomian glands internationally and especially kids’ meibomian glands, I too have become a crazy parent about getting my kids off all screens and to blink frequently when they do need to use one for school work.

They are getting sick of hearing me say, “For the love of God, BLINK!”

Internally, I am having to choose my battles as I do not want them to remember me as a nag. Still, the risk of chronic eye pain is so high, I cannot help but really limit their screen time as much as parent-ly possible.

Sandra Lora Cremers, MD, FACS

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