A New Squint
A few weeks prior to his diagnosis Xavi’s left eye had started to “turn in”. It was extremely subtle and for a couple of weeks we brushed it off, thinking we were imagining it. Then his nursery worker mentioned it and that prompted me to immediately book a GP appointment.
The GP explained that squints can be common in young children and referred him to see an ophthalmologist. After waiting a few weeks for an appointment I contacted the eye department to be told there was a four month waiting list. I had read that a sudden squint can be cause for concern and retinoblastoma (on the GKCCT awareness cards) was in the back of my mind as something I wanted to rule out.
Two years later and Xavi’s tumour is now considered ‘stable.’ Xavi is doing really well and has just started school which he seems to love. He still needs examining under anaesthetic every 10 weeks, but this is so much better than the examination and treatment every 4 weeks which he needed before.