Thursday, February 5, 2009

Eye check

When Ryan was born, he had his hearing checked in the hospital and that came out fine. Today we brought Ryan to see a children’s eye specialist to get a detailed check of his eyes. On Dr Chan’s recommendation, we went to see Dr Pauline Cheong in Gleneagles.

At the clinic, the nurses put some drops into Ryan’s eyes to help them dilate, which took a few hours. While waiting, I went to Dr Chan’s clinic for my follow-up appointment. He put me on the ultrasound and checked the uterus and he also checked the stitching. I told him that I should have asked him to stitch me back as a virgin, heh heh. He laughed and said that, actually I healed very well and I am good as new. Yippee! Actually, Dr Chan is famous for his stitching which is one of the reasons I chose him as my gynae.

Back at Dr Cheong’s clinic, once Ryan’s eyes were fully dilated, we went in to see Dr Cheong and she examined his eyes carefully while Richard held him tightly in a swaddle. Dr Cheong put a clip on his eyelids to keep them open while she shone a light into each eye to check inside. Although Dr Cheong assured us that it was painless, Ryan was crying very loudly throughout the process, probably because of the discomfort. Hearing his cries, I felt an intense pain in my chest and I also started crying. In the two weeks that he has been my son, he has never had to cry like that, so loudly and for so long. I felt like my heart was breaking.

Perhaps that is the reason why, before we went in for the examination, the nurses told us that the daddy, and not the mummy, is to hold the baby. They probably knew that the mummy will not be able to control herself.

Once the examination was done and the clips came off, Ryan stopped crying straightaway. Dr Cheong said everything is fine but Ryan has to come back for check-ups every few months until he is 1-2 years old. I was thinking, how can I go through this again? And asked about how it will be done the next time. Dr Cheong said that when he is older and stronger, he will have to be sedated otherwise he will not keep still and the check-up will not be thorough. Ok, sedation sounds better to me. But I'm still upset.

In other news, Daddy bought Ryan a beansprout pillow!

10 days old. Testing out his new beansprout pillow.

13 days old


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