Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Chloe has a condition where her left eye turns outward or upward during times of fatigue or when she is "zoning out". I believe this condition is called strabismus.
Today was Chloe's first visit with the opthamologist. She was in fine form and acted like a playful kitten, swatting at all of the doctor's tools, spinning in the chairs and looking every direction except for the one the doctor asked her to. There wasn't much I could do other than repeat the doctor's demands and remind her of the imminent "special treat" if she behaved. She tried a little harder and behaved well enough for the doctors to complete their examination. It took over an hour and a half.
They have not yet recommended a course of action, but they want to see her again when her eyes are at their most alert, so that they can take measurements and confirm what they have already documented. The worst case scenario would be surgery, but it sounds like she will just need some therapy.
During the examination, Dr. Yang asked Chloe which type of ice cream she preferred, chocolate or strawberry. For a second, I thought they were gonna give her some ice cream and I am sure she was thinking the same thing too. No such luck. Dr. Yang was just reaching for the "chocolate" eyedrops to dialate her eyes. Seeing the disappointment on her face, I immediately reassured her we would go to the ice cream parlor afterwards (even though it was almost dinner time).
After the appointment, Mom also needed a "special treat", so I went to the fabric store to pick up some notions and some sidewalk chalk for the girls (sounds like a future post).
Ice cream for dinner again!
Posted by Lori Lynn at 6:27 PM