Thankfully, the only problem that stuck around after Willow got over her severe anemia was her difficulty keeping her eyes focused. I’ve been taking her to get her eyes checked every so often, and other than her right eye drifting outward when she’s sick, tired, or trying to look at something far away, her vision has stayed normal.
I recently got Willow off the medi-cal program she was on and onto another insurance called Healthy Families. It’s set up for working class folks like us who earn a little too much for free health services, but don’t have the income to cover insurance premiums. (Ever try to buy health insurance for a preemie who’s spent time in the hospital for mysterious anemia?) We get coverage at a drastically reduced rate, and it includes dental and vision. I took Willow to her awesome new eye doctor last Saturday. She confirmed that Willow doesn’t need glasses, but she said that the vision in her right eye was not so great. She recommended patching.
I ordered some cute patches, KNOWING all the while that it was a total waste of time, because everyone KNOWS that a kid her age would NEVER agree to wear an eye patch. Happily I was wrong and hopefully they will help save the vision in her right eye.