Monday, August 22, 2011

Recent stuff and post-op appt

These 2 photos are from today, waiting for the eye doc. Jackson's eyes look good overall. His right eye is a bit irritated, so he gave us a RX for eye drops. Jack hates eye drops, you should have seen his face drop when the doctor said the word "eye drops". He went from a happy little boy to a look of confusion, like "why would you do this to me again?"! The doc also says he is far sighted still, but his vision is probably like 20/30 - so unless he starts to cross again, he shouldn't even need glasses. Good news! Next visit is 3 months from now.

Last week, I had to go out of town on business so Nana and Papa came down to visit. They drove down in a terrible storm to get here on Sunday night because I had to be at the airport at 5am on Monday. It was a good idea, because Jackson had his eye surgery the Friday before and he wasn't feeling completely back to normal yet - and he needed eye drops 4 times a day. They brought him down a new BBQ grill that actually makes a noise like it is cooking. Nana also made him a quilt. Apparently, he thought it was odd that there was holes in it (it is an afghan), but he loves it just the same. It is especially fun to poke fingers through :)

My Grandmother is coming to visit in October. She and her husband will make a long weekend trip. She was born in 1929, so its a pretty long trip for them. If you are the praying type, say a prayer for them to have safe travel. Jack will enjoy their visit too.

We are also trying to plan a long weekend in the next couple months to take a little family vacation. We were hoping to go to Disney but it isn't going to happen this year (maybe Spring?). I think we will do Busch Gardens. We haven't been on a trip as a family (of 3) since we went to Great Wolf Lodge in July 2010. Now to look for some bargins!!!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Eye surgery - round two

This morning Jackson had his second round of eye surgery for Strabismus. When we first brought him home, his eyes were crossed badly (one worse than the other). We came home in October 09, and had the surgery just 2 short months later in December 09. The 1st surgery went well, correcting the majority of the issue. Since surgery #1, he has had some intermittent crossing and it has gotten a bit worse over time. We made the decision to repeat the surgery now, to limit disruption later. We also used the same Surgeon, which is familiar with his history.

Here is a photo of him in the waiting room before the versed (pre-med that makes you loopy).

Just before the versed....

15 minutes after the versed - totally loopy!

20 minutes after the versed. Look at the look on his face!

He is so much more aware of what is going on now, we chose to give him the pre-med. It did help, although when they wheeled him off he kept asking for us and it was like daggers in our heart. He did well during surgery, although his pulse went up over 200 at one point and they were concerned. Apparently, they called in a specialist and said it was 'normal' and some children have this issue during anesthesia. Still very alarming for us, and we need to learn more about it.

For now, he is resting in bed. Today he watched some Mickey Mouse on TV and just hung out. Something tells me, tomorrow he will be up to his old self.