Sunday, September 25, 2011
September 25th, 2011
Kinnick managed to have her eye surgery despite crappy lungs, an impressive stridor, and low oxygen saturations. I was sure they were going to cancel her surgery on the spot. We had a pre-op appointment the day before and she was doing fabulous. No signs of any lung issues. She was even satting 100%. By the next day she was satting upper 80's and lower 90's, and had a terrible stridor. Her lungs crap out with no advance notice. I think the only thing that saved us was that they expected the worse based on her medical history. I came prepared with the oximeter and plenty of oxygen. I was determined to get the surgery and get home. I didn't meet the doctor until the day of surgery, but immediately loved him. He had read Kinnick's entire file (including all eye surgery post-op reports) and knew what he was up against. He observed Kinnick while visiting with me and noted how often she rubs her eyes. Based on the previous surgeries and how often she rubs her eyes, he opted for the Cyclophotocoagulation laser surgery. This is usually done to treat people with severe glaucoma that cannot be controlled by medicines or other minor surgeries. The eye doctor aims the laser at the white part of the eye (sclera). The laser goes through the sclera to the ciliary body. The ciliary body is the part of the eye that makes the eye fluid. The laser damages parts of the ciliary body so that it will make less eye fluid. This is much less invasive than the valve that he was going to place in her eye to drain the excess fluid. The surgery took over an hour, but when he came out to talk to us, he said that he felt like it was the right decision and he was very happy with the surgery. Now we wait to see if it made a difference. We'll know more in a month when we have her eye pressure checked again.
This was our first visit to Children's Mercy Hospital in KC, MO. I was very impressed with the staff and their level of care. This was the first recovery that we've been to where Kinnick wasn't screaming when we got to the room. She was sitting quietly on a nurse's lap. I could hardly believe she was my child. She's usually really mad at me for letting them take her, and the drugs make her crazy. Normally, she's pulling her IV out and kicking. She didn't even touch the IV or the eye patch. In fact, she didn't touch the eye patch at all. We took it off at the doctor's office the next morning. The doctor dismissed Kinnick in our care shortly after surgery. This made me extremely happy. I was told that she would likely have to spend the night.
We're home and everyone is doing fine. Thanks for all of your prayers!