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Waid's surgery

It went well. Better than expected. The surgeon was able to go the most desirable route, a shunt with a valve. That totally blows my mind! The care at the eye foundation was fine, but nothing compares to Children's! All of the other patients/family there were very interested in Waid's case, since he was the only one there who wasn't of grandparent age. This lovely blue hat, by the way, stayed on all day, and he wanted it back after bathtime, but I told him it got wet....terrible mom. But I didn't want it to turn out like the house-shoes that he is still sleeping in=). There is an 80% success rate, after about a 3 month "watch and wait" period. During this time, scar tissue could form, tissue could clog the shunt, etc. The average life of the shunt is 8 years, although they have been seen to last as long as 20.....this would be our hope, and that there would be new technology at that time.

We now have a card with the serial number, model number, and batch number, of a part inside our boy's body--wierd.
As for the future--Another shunt can never be added. Once this one fails or wears out, they would have to do the laser surgery. The laser surgery carries more risk. (it is what is planned for his left eye, because there is not enough room for a shunt.)

If laser surgery fails, at this point in medical technology, there is nothing else that can be done, he would loose the optic nerve and be totally blind in that eye. That is why the blind school may want Waid to go ahead and learn braille and cane usage for the future. Not meaning to be pessimistic, but it is easier for kids to learn than adults.
His left eye will be done on Jan. 5th.

6 comments:

  1. I bet you were a nervous wreck. I know you are glad it is over, for now anyway. He looks so sad in the pictures. I know you are giving him lots of love though.

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  2. Glad it went well. Will pray that you get 20 years out of it with no complications in between times.

    Ruby

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  3. so glad to see this post...I've been checking to see an update. How is he recovering? Is it a painful recovery? Glad everything went so well.I agree with China Dreams...we will pray for the 20 years!!

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  4. So glad it went well. I am praying for better medical technology for him. Maybe there will be better options in the coming years!

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  5. Btw, I will be calling soon with more questions. :-)

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  6. Waid is a really trooper. Pray God will perform miracles.

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