We had the appointment this morning.
It went fine.
SO many things were different.
- Today we had the first appointment of the morning, so no crowded waiting room.
- This time I explained our situation up front to anyone who would listen.
- The waiting room itself was tidy and whole, as opposed to the construction that was underway in September 2007.
- We had a minimal wait before being called the first time (a short enough wait that Joy was entertained by the waiting-room goldfish the whole time.)
- The doctor came promptly after the tech was done.
- We knew in advance that Joy's eyes would need dilation so didn't have that element of surprise.
- We got to wait for the dilation to take effect in a private exam-room with low lights.
- They came for us in EXACTLY the 30 minutes allotted, rather than the hour-plus we suffered through last round.
- No seizures. As expected, but it helped so much! (We were so much in seizure-mode last time, it didn't even occur to me to TELL the doctor that it had happened. She was surprised not to find it in her notes when I recounted the experience this time around.)
We were outta there in an hour and a quarter. What a marvellously well-oiled visit!
The point of the visit was a concern on our part that we keep seeing episodes where Joy's eyes don't track well together. It seems worse when she's tired or out of sorts. Fortunately she performed for both the tech and the doc, so they could see what I was talking about! (Joy was, in fact, remarkably cooperative with the whole appointment.)
The diagnosis is strabismus, but not serious at this point. The key seems to be that she can pull her eyes back into focus on her own. Given that state of affairs, the doctor doesn't want to do anything beyond watching and waiting.
It's a brain thing rather than a physical-structure thing -- her eyes themselves look healthy -- and nothing that they have an easy reliable fix for. The next step up would be an eye-patching routine (yeah, she'd love that) and the escalation beyond that would be surgery on the eye muscles (about a 70% success rate, and I neglected to ask exactly what constituted "success").
We're to go back in a year, unless things get outta control and we have to go sooner. But for now, Joy's overcoming it all by herself. So very much this kiddo has to contend with. I'm very proud of her, and will gladly squeak on her behalf whenever necessary!
P.S. Tomorrow is the first blog-o-versary of Elvis Sightings. Hard to believe it's been a whole year since I first asked, "Is this thing on?"