I received a very exciting call this morning from a bubbly woman at Dr. Hertle's office. She was very excited to tell me that they would be able to schedule Makayla's surgery for August 2nd, which is a full month or two earlier than we expected! I pretty much immediately burst into tears on the phone, but between fake coughs, lies about allergies, and asking the twerpies to settle down, I think I came off as a mostly sane, somewhat distracted mom of twins, rather than a hysterical mess.
Makyla's appointment will be very early in the morning. We'll have to be in the hospital at 6:30 a.m., that's 3:30 a.m. for us Californians! Her procedure will only last for about an hour and a half; however, we'll need to stay for several days so that Dr. Hertle can see her after the surgery and make sure she is doing well before sending us home. I'm actually relieved to be staying for a little over a week, because, from what I've read, the first three days, after the surgery, is excruciatingly painful, and I will feel better if she can sleep it off in our room at the Ronald McDonald House, rather than having to spend several hours flying.
Makayla's surgery will include a Bimedial Recession, Bilateral Inferior Recession and a Bilateral Superior Oblique Tenectomy. All those fancy words basically mean that they are going to fix her stamismus, or "lazy eye" and move her null point.
Dr. Hertle told us that he expects this procedure to also slow the oscillation of her nystagmus. However, he will see her again, six to seven months after her surgery, to measure her progress and determine if she will benefit from a second surgery to further dampen the oscillation of her nystagmus. When we saw Dr. Hertle in April, he said that he thinks we will probably do the second surgery.
Now the planing and preparation begins! I'm glad that although her surgery is a lot earlier than we expected, it is still far enough out for us to make arrangements and plans!