Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Another Road Trip to Cow Town

Today Mickey and I took Stella to Calgary (Cow Town as some people call it).  She had an eye appointment with an ophthalmologist.

The ride up was very uneventful. There was a snowfall warning in effect but we did not see much snow till we were almost near Calgary.  Stella sat in her car seat sucking on her suckie, cuddling her blanket and her feet while she wasted the hours (2 1/2 to be exact) away watching Dora.

When we got there we had 40 minutes before our appointment so we walked across the street to Wendy's for a nice healthy lunch.  Stella sat in the highchair provided by Wendy's (thank you Wendy) and took bites and threw (thankfully only some and not all) of her lunch on the floor.  She'd turn around every now and then to wave and say "Huuu" (hi for those of you that don't speak toddler).

Then with nice full, burpy bellies we waited to see the eye doc.

We saw her assistant first who asked us a few questions, one of which was "Is she Downs?".  (ugggghh) to which I replied "Yes, she HAS Down Syndrome."  She was a very nice woman even with her poorly worded question.

Then the doctor checked out her eyes.  She was short, to the point, but very nice and Stella responded well to her. 

Stella then had drops put in her eyes to dilate her pupils so the doc could examine her eyes more.

We sat in the waiting room for about 20 mins while we waited for the drops to take effect.

Stella Bella was quite tired by then and passed out on Mickey's lap only to be woken up 10 minutes later.  But what a good sport she was! No crying, no fussing.  She cooperated and even allowed the doctor to press this big eye machine thing against her face while Mickey held her arms down; all without a peep from her.  Really she is such a cooperative little girl....for now....

Her eyes are perfect.  She is farsighted like most young children so we will be back yearly for check ups.

And off we were again! The looonnngg trip back.

This time there was snow on the roads.  A sprinkling really.  That type of snow that is light and blows around everywhere.  Our visibility was greatly reduced but nothing to cause me too much stress.  Ok, I was a tad bit stressed which is why I am glad Mickey was driving and not me.

Because Stella didn't have any nap she was a tad bit crankier on the way back.  She was hysterically laughing for a while which I knew meant she was really tired.  But, wow! What a trooper!

A long day filled mostly with driving, but having such a patient, calm natured child made the trip a very enjoyable one!

Makes me almost look forward to our trip to the paediatric dentist in January!!


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