Once I get home from the eye doctor, I go into more detail with my husband about everything that happened and what I was told. We were both very shocked and confused. How can this doctor be wrong? She already had the appointment for the pretest so we were on our way. Needless to say I didn't get much sleep that night. All I could think about was her diagnosis, my parenting, and the cost.
The next day my mother reminded me that I could borrow the money from her. I thanked her for this but told her I was too confused and would get back to her later. Then I talked to a good friend, told her everything that happened. She suggested getting a second opinion. I thought that would be a good idea, especially if insurance wouldn't pay for the vision therapy. Perhaps I could get another solution. Before I sought a second opinion I called my insurance to find out if the therapy was covered. I was told it wasn't. It's on to get a second opinion.
The day of the appointment, I told the new doctor the real reason for my visit. We wanted a second opinion on what we had been told. She began to examine her and gave us her diagnosis. She thought my daughter was too young to have everything the previous doctor had told us, but that she would do more research on this and give us a final determination at a later appointment. In the meantime she suggested we get her glasses because it could alleviate the headaches. She also suggested my daughter do eye push-ups. This is where she follows the tip of a pencil back and forth, then from side to side until it gets blurry or goes out of sight. Since the option was more feasible at the time we decided to go with it. We took Gaby to a discount eyeglass store and got her the glasses.
From the day she got her glasses, which was late one weekday evening, her headaches have stopped. Once she was done with homework, I asked her how she felt and she told me that she didn't have a headache. I continuously ask her how she feels, and if her head hurts. She always responds no.
About a month after having her glasses we went back to the second doctor and reported on her progress. She was very content with our news. She emphasized that if anything changes we should take her back to have her checked. At this time she would refer us to someone who could address the vision therapy, perhaps at a more reasonable cost. Hey this works for me. We are still watching over her and observing her for changes. The vision therapy is not completely out of the question, it's only taking a back seat for now. Ay mama, what an experience.
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