The Bi-Annual Pilgrimage, Pt. 2

After a leisurely lunch, some of which found it’s way onto Katya’s new dress (remind me to treat that),  we headed into the Wilmer Eye Institute, always an enjoyable visit.

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The nice thing about Dr. Repka and his staff is that they have mastered the art of being self-confidant and competent, without being the least bit patronizing, pompous, or egotistical. They will answer questions, allay fears, and discuss treatment and diagnosis respectfully in simple terms without even a trace of smug superiority. They are already very smart; this habit of humble confidence makes them seem even smarter.  So many other departments in Hopkins–and indeed, hospitals in general– ought to take note.

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There were a lot of people in the exam room. You can’t even see the one doctor. (Actually, I’m not at all certain if they were visiting doctors, med students, or both.  Alex was explaining things to them, so make of that what you will.)

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Katya’s eyes are so far so good, and not as “crooked” as they appear. They are both just off a bit in opposite directions–one lists to the upper right, the other to the lower left. It’s just a wee bit, but they both do it, which makes Katya look rather cross eyed. (See example pictures below)

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After our appointment, we asked Katya would she rather have a Popsicle from the cafeteria now, or go to Menchies later? Katya very definitely wanted Menchies later, and was so very good and didn’t fuss when our plans expanded to include Blick’s Art Supply to get paint, nor when we decided to eat supper first. I am so proud of the trust and delayed gratification involved in making that decision and sticking to it.

Look at those big dilated eyes!

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And then we went home.

 

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