Dear Doctor of My Child’s Eyes,
Thank you for being so positive about my child’s vision and taking the time each visit to answer all of my questions. I am very nervous about Elliana’s muscle surgery tomorrow, so much that it is hard to sleep and I have often found my eyes welling up with tears thinking about it. I know that you have done this surgery many times and are experienced, but this is my first time and it is my only daughter who will be put to sleep and operated on.
It meant a lot to me yesterday when you walked me through step by step how the procedure would be done. Explaining that as she fell asleep with the anesthesia that you would take her to see the fish in the fish tank and play little games with her so that she would be relaxed and with someone she knows and trusts. Letting us know that she will not come out with bandages or an IV, but that she will be pretty angry for the first 20 minutes.
I also appreciate how calmly you explained how the procedure would work to my 3 year old. It demonstrated that you not only know about eyes, but also about children. I could not have done a better job myself. I like how you told her that the office visits help make her eyes stronger, the patches help make her eyes stronger, the glasses help make her eyes stronger and now you are going help make her eyes stronger. That she would see you for an appointment at a different place and that you would be wearing green pants and a green shirt. We would meet a whole bunch of new people and then your would go back into a different room so that you could help make her eyes stronger. I also appreciate how you told her that when she woke up she would be angry and that her eyes may be sore.
We, as parents, trust that you will make the best decisions about the new placement of her eye muscles based on your many measurements over the last year and a half. Her eyes will be in good hands. Please take good care of her.
Left eye turns out and Right eye turns out