The Lovely Melanie took her for another check-up today and they’ve said the eye has almost completely healed. They wouldn’t have been surprised if it had taken longer, so to heal this fast is a good sign. The eye still has a slight squint, but it’s just 6% now, down from 12% last time and 35% before the operation. It will probably improve slightly more, too. Frankly, it looks fine now. Any improvement will be a bonus. 🙂
Interestingly, they saw a different doctor today – not the surgeon who operated on her. He is, by all accounts, one of the best eye children’s surgeons’ in the country and we were lucky to have him operate on Millie. However, his bedside manner was a bit stilted, and his explanatory skills were almost non-existent, so it was only today – three months later – that we found out things it would have been rather nice to know before the operation!
The doctor today spent much longer with Millie and told us that the operation to correct Millie’s squint was primarily meant to fix the squint, not to make Millie’s eye look less squint-y. Does that make sense? They were fixing her sight, and while correcting the position of the eye was a significant part of that it was never their top priority.
When Millie came round from the op we were a bit disturbed at the time to see that the squint was worse than ever before (albeit, in the opposite direction).
“Surely they told you this was going to happen?” said the doctor today.
“No,” said the Lovely Melanie. “We assumed Millie would wake up and her squinting eye would be looking in the same direction as the other one.”
“That’s really bad,” said the doctor, “and it really isn’t what happens,” before going on to patiently explain all kinds of helpful, important and interesting things about operations to correct squints that no one had ever told us before.
If she’d been there three months ago it would have saved busy NHS staff a lot of wasted time on the telephone trying to find anyone from that department who might be able to address some of our concerns.
Ten minutes that would have taken; instead upwards of two hours of NHS time was wasted. 😦