Not very long ago I started taking a lot more close up photos of pretty much everything… including of course my kids! I began to notice something interesting in every shot of Rory though. Her eyes never looked directly into the camera lens, one was always off, never quite aligned.
I took her to see the pediatrician and he recommended an eye specialist (Vision Center) to take a look. It took a little while to be seen but when we were it didn’t take long for Dr. Richard Hertle to see the issue. Rory had strabismus in her right eye and would need to have surgery. I did not expect to hear this news but knew it had to be done.
Weeks went by and Rory continued to wear her patch (some days were better than others). The day finally came when it was time to have her surgery!
I was very anxious, didn’t know what to expect. When we got there (GOJO Outpatient Surgery Center) we were greeted with a smile and a sticker for the patient. We quickly were taken back to do pre-surgery procedures and somehow Rory kept composure which is super impressive for a toddler who hadn’t had anything to eat or drink since the night before.
It was almost time…
The nurse came in to get her and it was so refreshing that Rory wasn’t even afraid to leave me, so I quietly left the room before she noticed I was gone! I sat down and drank my complimentary coffee and it was already over before I could even finish it. We discussed everything with the doctor and then went to recovery to see how baby girl was doing.
I walked in not knowing what she would look like or how she would feel when she woke up so I just held her, with the same blanket I held her with when she was in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) and again when she had meningitis at only 2 weeks old… she was helpless in my arms and all I wanted to do was hold her close so she knew everything would be alright even though she probably felt so unsure.
We didn’t have to stay long after that and the nurse gave Rory a big stuffed bunny which she carries around the house and dances with!
We truly had the most incredible experience at Akron Children’s Hospital, and I am so appreciative of all the staff there who always put the needs of the patient first! I am glad everything went so well and smoothly. Now, we are ready for recovery these next few days! Hopefully those are as easy as our visit was yesterday!
This article was originally published on RoryJamesPhotography.com