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she's just faking it!! just ignore her! ..... truth is she truely couldnt see.

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  • Posted By: taniaaust1
  • December 28, 2006
  • 06:40 AM

My daughter who was about 10 and was having a lot of problems in school with her reading. At 10 she was only just starting to be able to read. She'd been in the "special" classes for extra help, almost right from the start of her schooling as she had learning difficulties. I put all her reading issues down to her learning problems that is until she started saying she actually couldnt read the letters as she couldnt see well. She'd also started getting a lot of headaches at school. It was at this point that I also noticed that she tried to hold her books so close to her eyes while reading too, trying to see them properly.

Realising that she had an eye problem I booked her straight in to see an eye specialist. He saw her but said he couldnt work out exactly what was wrong so he refered her on to a childrens eye specialist. A few mths later (she was about 11 by now) our appointment there came up so we went but the children eye specialist ended up telling me "She's faking it, just ignore her". I insisted no she wasnt as I'd seen just how upset her sight issue was making her, I was positive she wasnt but he just wouldnt listen and replied something like "Girls have a tendancy to fake, Im only seen girls being brought in who are faking, two others besides your daughter this year in fact". After seeing the two different eye specialists and getting no where with her problem, I gave up with this. (My daughter was born with medical issues..so I had too much other things to focus on). As she couldnt read her work sheets at school, they just kept blowing up pages for her so she could and at times got other students to sit with her to tell her what was written on the blackboard otherwise she couldnt read that either. It was still a problem as she couldnt read what she wanted to read at home which upset her.. she wanted to know "mum why wont the doctors fix my eyes, why wont they believe me?".

My daughter who's 15 now, lives with her father and goes to a different school. It was very obvious to the school that she couldnt see her work so they told her father to take her to an eye specialist. He ended up taking her to the one I'd taken her to when she was about 10. That eye specialist was apparently shocked and told her dad "she had an eye problem so I sent her to the childrens specialist but I never heard back" (Im a bit annoyed that he never years ago told me that he actually was sure she did have an eye problem.. all he had said to me was "I dont know what's wrong so I'll refer her on to childrens eye specialist. If he'd told me he was sure she had a problem of some kind, I would of taken her back there). Well long story made short, my daughter finally now has her glasses and can finally see!!!!!

Im so angry at the childrens eye specialist.. Faking it!!! Faking it not!! My daughter has struggled all the way throu school in special classes cause of this

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  • My daughter who was about 10 and was having a lot of problems in school with her reading. At 10 she was only just starting to be able to read. She'd been in the "special" classes for extra help, almost right from the start of her schooling as she had learning difficulties. I put all her reading issues down to her learning problems that is until she started saying she actually couldnt read the letters as she couldnt see well. She'd also started getting a lot of headaches at school. It was at this point that I also noticed that she tried to hold her books so close to her eyes while reading too, trying to see them properly. Realising that she had an eye problem I booked her straight in to see an eye specialist. He saw her but said he couldnt work out exactly what was wrong so he refered her on to a childrens eye specialist. A few mths later (she was about 11 by now) our appointment there came up so we went but the children eye specialist ended up telling me "She's faking it, just ignore her". I insisted no she wasnt as I'd seen just how upset her sight issue was making her, I was positive she wasnt but he just wouldnt listen and replied something like "Girls have a tendancy to fake, Im only seen girls being brought in who are faking, two others besides your daughter this year in fact". After seeing the two different eye specialists and getting no where with her problem, I gave up with this. (My daughter was born with medical issues..so I had too much other things to focus on). As she couldnt read her work sheets at school, they just kept blowing up pages for her so she could and at times got other students to sit with her to tell her what was written on the blackboard otherwise she couldnt read that either. It was still a problem as she couldnt read what she wanted to read at home which upset her.. she wanted to know "mum why wont the doctors fix my eyes, why wont they believe me?". My daughter who's 15 now, lives with her father and goes to a different school. It was very obvious to the school that she couldnt see her work so they told her father to take her to an eye specialist. He ended up taking her to the one I'd taken her to when she was about 10. That eye specialist was apparently shocked and told her dad "she had an eye problem so I sent her to the childrens specialist but I never heard back" (Im a bit annoyed that he never years ago told me that he actually was sure she did have an eye problem.. all he had said to me was "I dont know what's wrong so I'll refer her on to childrens eye specialist. If he'd told me he was sure she had a problem of some kind, I would of taken her back there). Well long story made short, my daughter finally now has her glasses and can finally see!!!!! Im so angry at the childrens eye specialist.. Faking it!!! Faking it not!! My daughter has struggled all the way throu school in special classes cause of thisYou should be mom. That doctor has no right to work on any child and probably is incompetent as well. At least they should run a simple test to determine if someone could see the letters or some numbers or recognize a shape. Hold a thing like a box or a carrot or a basket ball maybe 20 feet a away and if the person cannot determine what it is then they should investigate further. Pick something cute like a stuff toy that should tell you if they are faking because they will forget about the ruse and be interested in the thing and ask all kinds of questions. If the kid really can't see then they can't make out the thing either. If a kid has headaches and holds their book too close to their head in your opinion then it needs to be investigated and if you think what a doctor is telling you is wrong or even in this case very dangerous to her then you find someone else. Check out doctors until you find one you like that does it by the book. Children as young as three have been born with eye problems, some babies have glucoma or even cataracts. I mean there are people who process their patients like things and they would be better than the people you took her to. The first dude was pretty good I like him. The other guy was a ***k and I do not think he should be in medicine at all. Sometimes other doctors can tell you someone who might be good. Like your daughter's neurologist can tell you whom they would pick because they might have an optomistrist friend whom they play pool with or racket ball with, or their wife is best friends with their husband or they are second cousins or childhood friends. My point is doctors meet people all the time. Or ask your friends whom they use. Or go to a higher populated area like if there is a big city near by then try that. Or a university hospital which is cheaper in most cases and could probably help you. Since you are less likely to run into that kind of attitude with people who just graduated medical school and their instructors will be around to prevent them from messing up or at least someone who has a few years on them. Go with your instincts and if the doctor doesn't seem like he actually cares about the fact that your child is struggling find someone who does even if they aren't certain about things then that's better than the childhood eye "specialist." He doesn't seem very competent and you are lucky she didn't have glucoma. Let me guess he didn't run a vision test, probably not even a glucoma test and didn't even go throught the basics of a standard eye exam because he would have detected it if he went through the manual and did everything by the book. No he wanted to be an all knowing ***k and just assumed it was faking when he didn't want to take the bother of finding out what is with this kid anyways? I'd sue this guy for malpractice or report him to the AMA. Letting that girl walk out of there with possibly poor vision without doing the scans to determine if she had glucoma is potentionally doing her harm because what if she cannot see and gets hit by a car or a basketball. She cannot learn and it will slow down her progress in reading, result in poor arthemitic scores and make her less likely to be able to play with the other kids and make friend with them. That's a violation of the hippocratic oath. Also you have a duty to expose this doctor who said she's just faking it. I bet he didn't do a simple test like stand maybe twenty feet away and hold up a few fingers and ask her to tell how many fingers he's holding up or hold up the same number on her hands if she doesn't know her numbers yet. Since he does have fingers, probably has a hallway long enough and it's a simple test to determine if someone is faking assuming they understand what you are trying to get them to do or has problems with speech too. He can quickly determine if she needs further examination but I think they should do that anyway just to be one the safe side. What do they care they run the tests and pocket the cashola. Talking to the AMA about this guy will bring a swarm of investigators down on him also calling the media is a good idea play up the my poor daughter angle and the mean old uncaring doctor said she was faking it. No doctor or politician wants a bunch of angry mothers and the AMA breathing down their neck. He let your kid suffer so why not cause him some grief? It's for a good cause and you'll no doubt spare other children what your daughter went through. Knowing the nature of medicine once someone becomes a pariah in the eyes of both the media and mothers then the people who have him in their office will either denounce him or throw him out to avoid people wondering if they are just as bad or to save their clinic's reputation. That's how human nature works so you can use it. Also when you tell them he said girls fake alot that can be considered sexist and it will cause the women's lib groups to scream as well. Pump up the nasty sexist doctor angle for a better effect and you'll get a wider scope even women who choose not to have children or are same sex oriented will scream about this guy. You'll bury him and he may have to relocate or even switch professions or even change his name if this goes national which I think it might. This could be a big story if it gets picked up by a major news station then someone sees it who had the same experience in a different place with a different doctor then they'll be turning in these guys like crazy and then the country's doctors may start taking childhood eye probllems seriously just in self-defense. Trust me it is more satisfying to use the press than to take him to court and sue for malpractice because you get to watch him squirm trying to explain himself and it is less likely to drive up medical bills for poor people and more likely to leave a lasting impression on him having all those people angry with him and yelling over it will cost him more money than a malpractice suit and do more damage to his reputation than anything. It doesn't cost you a cent and is over in maybe 15 minutes or less. Journalists love to catch authorities doing things like this, it sells papers, boosts their name and may earn them some awards if they do a good job. Also it doesn't cost you any money, doesn't require a lawyer and doesn't interfere with your work schedule as much as a trial might. It also saves other parents from dealing with this guy also raises the standards and forces some doctors to take a good long look at themselves where a trial would not. Also causes parents to question the doctors all of which is good actually very good indeed. The press benefits because they get their story which results in higher ratings or more paper sales. You benefit because you finally took a stand and mothers and children benefit because they get treated better and the only person who loses is the dude who shouldn't be practicing medicine in the first place. So how can you lose?
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