Wednesday, July 8, 2009

She Can See Clearly Now...

Andrea saw the eye doctor yesterday morning, for what turned out to be the last time. Her retinas have corrected themselves, and are now completely normal. Whatever vision problems she is going to have will be based purely on the genetics of having two parents with poor eyesight! I have to say, Andrea is really a trooper. She has endured more in the first 19 weeks of her life than most adults do in their entire lifetimes. The eye doctor is particularly unpleasant for her. She gets three sets of eye drops, 15 minutes apart, to dilate her pupils. Then the doctor uses a tiny speculum to hold her eyelids open so he can view the retinas. Andrea makes her opinion known during this procedure... to hear her scream, you'd NEVER guess there's anything wrong with her lungs!

We also saw the pulmonologist from Morristown Hospital last night. In the good news department, Andrea is continuing to improve from her bout with the flu. Her lungs are getting a little clearer, and she seems to be over the worst of it. In the bad news department, this doctor is the first person who's given us an idea of how long we're going to have Andrea on oxygen. His take is that in 4 to 6 weeks, we might be able to BEGIN weaning her off. For no real reason, I think we all assumed she's be off it a lot sooner. I still have to bring Andrea to New Brunswick, where we'll see the pulmonologist associated with Robert Wood Johnson, so maybe she'll have a different philosophy.

I've got to run for now... time to get Kenny off to camp! More when there's news.

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