Callum has had ongoing eye crossing (Esotropia) since shortly after we arrived in Klamath. We bounced around through a couple of different eye doctors in town. No one was particularly equipped to deal with pediatrics. The first doctor recommended glasses, which Callum would not wear, and the second said he did not require glasses, that it was a brain/muscle issue.
Finally, before deciding to move forward with strabismus surgery here in Klamath (with the second doctor), we discovered there was a pediatric ophthalmologist who specializes in Callum’s condition, in Medford. We decided it couldn’t hurt to go over the mountain and get a second opinion.
She was great and spent quite a lot of time with Callum, she recommended some more patching, to get the two eyes as equal in strength as possible. She also recommended surgery as the best option to correct the issue. Long story short, she gave us much clearer direction and was more confident (since pediatrics is her specialty) with the whole process in general. We ultimatelty made the choice to switch doctors, yet again, and it was the pediatric ophthalmologist who performed Calum’s surgery this past week.
I can’t say enough wonderful things about the experience. The doctors and nurses were so wonderful and patient with Callum, and his nervous Mom. 🙂
He got to take his bunny, Ken, back to the operating room. Ken got a hospital band and full scrubs.
He requested either a pink or rainbow popsicle when the nurses asked him what flavor he would want after his surgery.
He got to put on “duck” socks and walked down the halls quacking with the nurse to fetch his wagon, aka sweet ride into surgery. (Even though he opted to be carried by the nurse instead)
After surgery the nurses said he woke up very sweet. He answered all of their questions very politely and didn’t cry a tear….till mom and dad came into the room. I think he was trying to “stay strong.” Also, we told him he had to wake up in a good mood (after hearing so many scary “coming out of anethstesia ,” stories). I guess he took that to heart.
After the vigilent nurses administered as much pain meds as they could, we were discharged and had to make the hour and a half drive home. Btw I LOVE NURSES! The smart nurse sent us with two barf bags as Callum had quickly put down 3 popsicles while in recovery. She warned it would probably come back up….and it did. After he got that out of the way he slept for the rest of the drive.
Home and enjoying a popsicle on the couch. He was instantly in a better mood when he saw Hazel, it was so sweet.
Already a huge improvement. It is so nice to see the whites of the insides of BOTH of his eyes at the same time! This in no small miracle.
It was so wonderful that my dad was here and able to help get Hazel to and from school and while we were in Medford. Did I mention also mowed the lawn, changed out the burnt-out lights in the bathroom, did ALL the laundry, vacuumed the house, and probably 27 other things we don’t even know about. Yeah, he is pretty great. Thanks dad.
(pre surgery picture)
Day two and he has already made huge improvements. He only really complained of pain first thing in the morning when he wouldn’t open his eyes for the first 20 minutes of the day. After that, he hardly complained at all. He is such a trooper. The hardest part now is keeping him from running around and being the silly, energetic, accident prone, four year old he is!
Day three (and about 15 popsicles later)
He continues to make a great recovery and so far today we have administered no pain meds. whatsoever. We go back for his post surgery check up tomorrow. It would be great to hear that we may be done with patching for good. This has been a long process and it is nice to finally see some majorly wonderful results!