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shh!

more stitches gone!

May 12th, 2016 at 13:17

Yesterday we had another exam under anesthesia, with the hope of removing all the stitches. Unfortunately, I had come down with a cold and was completely out of it the day prior (thanks to inconsiderate coworkers who come to work ill), so I was wearing a mask for most of the day. Max was much perkier on his way into the OR, having his head up and watching TV in the waiting room, and watching his iPad in the recovery area. We talked to the nurse about flavoring the Versed so that it was more palatable this time than last, and he actually drank the whole thing (!), so he was pretty out of it on the way to the OR (I, of course, took a video of his little drugged self because it was adorable) and I didn’t have to accompany him. (I won’t lie: I wanted to. I wanted to be there the whole time.)

The procedure was, once again, straight-forward. They took out 4 of the remaining 9 stitches; if he was a sedentary guy they would have removed them all, but since he’s a bouncy 5yo they’re leaving them in for another month. Dr. Fredrick said that essentially, the scar isn’t as “opaque” as he’d like to see in something fully firmed up. However…

Amazing news:
– the retina and back of the eye still looks good. They didn’t mention any irritation like last time.
– the lens still looks clear, so it’s doubtful that he’ll develop cataracts!!!!! This is amazing. He’s been complaining about how his vision is blurry in that eye, so I’ve been asking circumspect questions about the quality of the blurriness to ascertain whether or not it’s related to cataracts forming. I pretty much could not be happier about finding out that the lens still looks clear.
– the work of the original surgeons, Drs. Ta and Tittler, is so excellent that it’s also doubtful he’ll need a corneal transplant. Dr. Cooper drew me a picture of the original injury, which wasn’t just a beveled incision across his eye; it was y-shaped. This means that the first surgery involved stitching the incisions as well as connecting them together with a separate stitch.

So, essentially we’re extremely lucky that we had such a talented surgical team on call that night, because in many ways, that has essentially saved Max’s sight (or reduced the other issues we were facing considerably).

The next steps are: an exam on Monday where we can assess his vision (assuming he’ll let us), patching to force him to start to use the injured eye more in order to keep his brain engaged and functioning, and another surgery in a month, where we will (hopefully) remove the rest of the stitches. At best right now, he’ll wear glasses for the foreseeable future — which is a pretty awesome best!

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