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Today was our appointment with Dr. Davis, the pediatric ophthalmologist. They gave me a nice discount for self-pay, so it cost much less than what I had budgeted.

The doctor gave us the inevitable news that Laurel has monocular vision -- that is, she only sees with one eye at a time. She is not blind in her right eye like the previous doctor (who didn't even do the vision exam himself) insisted, but will need eye muscle surgery in order to have binocular vision since her amblyopia is not caused by farsightedness.

Dr. Davis said we can reduce the amount of time she's patched down to an hour daily, which is a relief since she's started trying to take her patch off after two hours, and we'll see him again in 4-6 months.

I now plan to enroll Laurel in the state children's health insurance program with my income. (If they audit me for not listing Himself's income, they're welcome to go after him for child support.) Benefits begin 90 days after enrollment, so if I get this squared away now, she'll have coverage by our next visit and we'll see if their practice can perform the procedure for her; otherwise we'll go with the doctor's suggestion to call Children's Medical Center to see if they can offer a lower out-of-pocket price for the procedure.

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Someone replied to a comment Karak made in a mutual friend's entry that they believe Landmark Education is a cult after they did some online research after reading his initial comment. Based on the rest of the comment thread, the majority of their research was reading pages within a single anti-est/anti-Landmark site that they quote elsewhere in the thread. I'd like to direct them toward the Skeptic's Dictionary article and comments, which is much more balanced than the sole site they cited, and The Scoop About The Landmark Forum, but if they want to believe it's a cult, that's their choice.

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karaksindru
Sep. 20th, 2005 03:52 am (UTC)
Thanks! :) I probably should have said something to that effect, but I didn't think of it, or know of those sites ... ;)

Any advice on getting our mutual friend to come to the special evening on Wednesday? ;)
oddharmonic
Sep. 20th, 2005 04:09 am (UTC)
Free beer?

Seriously, he'll be interested when he is. Fuul invited me to at least half a dozen Introductions before I finally decided to see what that was about, then three years passed before I enrolled in a Forum. I'm a slow popper.
karaksindru
Sep. 20th, 2005 04:12 am (UTC)
I know. It was three years and four or five introductions (and working with / living around people who were active in Landmark for three-ish years) before I registered... ;)
lenabud
Sep. 20th, 2005 04:09 am (UTC)
Oh, I bet that is hard on Laurel. I hope they can get it all worked out for her, so it's a little better.
spasmsproject
Sep. 20th, 2005 09:09 am (UTC)
Oh, man. Poor Laurel! And poor you. This kind of thing isn't easy on mommies, either. Good luck on the insurance.

What size is Laurel up to now?
oddharmonic
Sep. 21st, 2005 07:15 pm (UTC)
Eye muscle surgery is an outpatient procedure, so I hope it won't be as traumatic for Laurel as stories I've heard from people who had their tonsils taken out at a very young age.

She was disappointed when the doctor said she wouldn't need glasses (one cause of amblyopia is farsightedness) because she really likes glasses.

Laurel's in size 5 clothes and size 9 shoes. [insert 9 to 5 joke here]

ekdogg
Sep. 20th, 2005 04:31 pm (UTC)
glad to hear that you at least have a correct call on Laurel.

techno1992
Sep. 20th, 2005 06:14 pm (UTC)
Regarding Laurel, when I first read that I was terrified for you. But it's actually good news, isn't it? From what I can tell, it looks like you finally have a solid diagnosis and a better plan to correct her vision than before. I do hope she's able to understand a little bit of what's happening to her and able to avoid letting it get her down. Anyway, if there is anything I can do to help, please let me know.

Regarding Landmark, I was surprised to read that it attracted so much criticism. Of course, there are people who call AA a cult, too, so I don't pay much attention to those people. For me, the bottom line is: does it make your life better or not? It seems like you have gotten a whole lot of joy and self-confidence out of your experience with Landmark. And unless you're secretly sacrificing chickens to Baal and not posting about it, what other criteria is there?
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