Thursday, February 07, 2008
Today's the day. Kid F has to go in for a second operation on her eyes. In brief, Kid has a problem with her eyes drifting out (sort of like what most people think of as "lazy eye"—but different). The procedure is basically repositioning muscles that control the eye to "force" it to point the right way. It's actually an overcorrection, and the theory is that young kids will train their brains to take over and control the eye to maintain full, binocular vision—otherwise, eventually the brain "picks" one eye and shuts off the other one. An explanation of the eye muscle surgery is here.
She had the first procedure last year, and it was not completely successful—she still exhibits the drift. So they are doing it again, and may have to do it again at some point in the future. We're hoping not, but realistically, it's likely.
The procedure is minimally invasive, and not too complicated (for eye surgery). It takes two hours, and she has to be out the whole time—that's the scarier part. And the after-care is a nightmare. She needs to have a steroid/antibiotic cream put in her eyes repeatedly—and it did NOT go well last time. Hopefully she'll be more reasonable at five than she was at four...
Send your positive energy, in whatever form you choose, towards Ann Arbor and my little girl—we'll use some and spread the rest around.
Here's the pre-op post from last year, and the recap. Normal blogging will resume when things calm down. We should be home Thursday afternoon, and I will update when possible. Check over at Mrs F's too.