Friday, October 01, 2010
Another Eye Appointment for Anna . . . .
Life has been extremely busy, so we were so glad that it's been two months since we needed an eye appointment for Anna (last year around this time, I think we were going every two or three weeks). We've been going to this pediatric ophthalmologist for years, and since he had a major changeover in staff about two years ago, we've come to know and appreciate the people who work there. They got to know Anna well last year (since she's a "frequent flyer" there), and once when they realized that the ophthalmologist had called the pediatric rheumatologist and was waiting for a return call, they had gathered at the receptionist's window as we were leaving and whispered to us (with worried looks on their faces), "Is Anna okay?!" They didn't realize that this was just one of many of this type of call through the years, and it was really just a matter of coordinating systemic medication. I thought that was so sweet of them to care that much---made them feel like family members.
All that to say, I went in today (new office building---it's GREAT!) to find that I didn't recognize any staff there---but we were there just in early August! Only the doctor seemed to be the same! I did realize that one of the girls had just had a makeover, and I only saw the back of her, so didn't recognize her at first (new, lovely hair cut, and different type of clothes). Getting used to new staff when you've been going to a practice for years and years is not my favorite thing to do. They don't realize that we come so often that we know the "ropes" really well. We'll adjust. (The one new nurse seems very competent, but I really will miss the sweet and smiling receptionist!--I was told that she left for a job in her field of communications.)
So how are Anna's eyes? The right eye is almost "perfect." The left eye has a trace of inflammation. I said "Oh, good!" (That IS good for Anna!!!---that left eye has sometimes been up to a "2" out of "4." So I'm thinking "trace" is good.) Well, Dr. M. made a little face and said, "Well, . . ." And then he decided that Anna should have Pred Forte eye drops twice a day for the next six weeks. But I'm happy about that, too! I would much prefer Pred Forte drops to increasing Humira or Methotrexate! And he usually prefers to increase meds than to prescribe drops for Anna---so this is good!
Personally, I am happy with the outcome of this appointment. (I've gotten used to a 'trace' of inflammation.) We go back in mid-November. Anna sees the pediatric rheumatologist next Friday.
Life is just crazy-busy right now.