(a photo of O at about 19 months- you can see how his left eye turns in)
While waiting a Child Life specialist came to talk to him about what was going to happen that day. (I don't know if all hospitals have these or if it's just at Childrens'- these are people specially trained to talk to kids about medical procedures and help them cope or with any questions). O's supplied him with a bag FULL of medical supplies (masks, head covers, gloves, bracelets) to share with his siblings or class.
So now a few days later you can see the improvement and it should continue a bit over the next week, as the incision heals. The corner of his eyes are blood shot and again this will go away within the next few days. He is already saying his glasses don't work right- so a new Rx may be needed right away (not for strength but for center), we'll know more next week after his follow-up.
Things I've learned from this experience: 1) My child will wake up crabby! 2) Fight for more pain meds. 3) I wish this had been done either a few years ago when he was better able to handle sitting still or a few years older and had more maturity to handle it all. 5 is a hard age for it, and he did really well considering! 4) NEVER NEVER NEVER will I go alone again- I will have back up! So I can even just go to the bathroom (parents are required to be bedside at all times in the recovery room- not that I disagree with this but I was in there 4 hours and unable to even go pee, let alone go get a snack.) once or twice. It's a long time to be alone and without support.
(This should be the only time he has to have this surgery. His doctor has a personal success rate of 98% for taking, and 93% for keeping for life. Those stats are usually 95% and 85% respectively.)
He's doing well and in a few months time I'll post an update with better pictures!