Saturday, July 18, 2009
Connie went to the eye doctor yesterday morning and afternoon. Did he go twice, you ask? The answer is no, but his appointment was in the morning and we didn't leave there until the middle of the afternoon! We originally had an appt. for back in June, but Connie was inpatient at Children's then and we had to reschedule. The closest appt. time they could give us was for a month later, which we took. Our appt. was for 11:00 am. By 12:15, we still hadn't even been called back. Finally, we got called back around 12:30. We were back there for five minutes (at most) and the optometrist dilated his eyes and sent us back to the waiting room (which was overcrowded and had no seats available except on the floor). We went for a walk down the halls and came back in. About 40 minutes later, they called us back again and the same guy looked at Connie's eyes. After five more minutes of looking at his eyes, they sent us back out to the waiting room until the doctor was ready to see us. At 1:42 they called us back into the room where we waited until 2:00pm to be seen by the doctor. He came in and said that Connie's eyes are worse in relation to the far sightedness. Since he's non-compliant, meaning he isn't cooperating wearing the glasses, he's letting us go another six months without them. If, at that time, they are still getting worse or are not better, then he will need surgery to correct the far sightedness. It is laser surgery and is the same thing adults get (lasik). I asked if he was comfortable doing this on a cardiac patient and he said he's only under anesthesia for 20 minutes for this procedure. So, we'll see what happens when the time comes. The thought of surgery makes me a bit nervous, but it does seem better than a lifetime of glasses.
Posted by Erin Beckemeier at 1:30 PM