This was Parker's fifth time having a routine EUA (exam under anesthesia) since August of 2011, when he was initially diagnosed with pediatric congenital glaucoma in his left eye. His first two EUAs ended up in a trabeculotomy both times, while the third and fourth times he underwent an EUA ended up with great news saying that the pressure was where it needed to be and we took him home with no further surgery just as soon as he woke up from the anesthesia in recovery. We prayed that the latter would be the case for this EUA as well. Thankfully, it was.
His glaucoma is something that will have to be monitored his whole life. Because we caught it early (I first noticed it when he woke up one day at 4 1/2 months old and he was diagnosed at 6 months old), he has a really good chance that it is cured forever. Of course, nothing is absolutely certain so we'll continue to monitor his eyes (they always check the pressure in both eyes, because it's very rare for a child to develop glaucoma in only one eye, as is the case with my precious Parker).
Once he is capable of sitting still in a chair in the doctor's office and allows the doctor to touch his eye with an instrument that quickly measures the pressure right then and there, he'll have to undergo EUAs to check the pressure. The doctor said that kids don't typically allow the pressure to be checked in the office until 4 or 5 years old, so we have a while to go and several more EUAs to endure. I say "we" because even though Parker is the one going under anesthesia, my husband and I have to watch them take our baby as he cries and is scared because he doesn't understand what's going on. I hate that part.
|getting ready to leave the house for the hospital -- I was trying to keep him away from Connar who was eating breakfast and snacks in the morning, because Parker couldn't eat or drink before his EUA|
|checking out the waiting room digs|
|He always wears jammies to his EUAs...and then home again. Gotta be comfy when you go through this kind of stuff. :)|
|signing paperwork with one hand because there's no way that baby is letting me put him down with someone else nearby|
|Time for his happy juice!|
|He fell asleep as I drove away from the hospital. He finally felt at peace and like nobody was going to bother him anymore. He was safe with his momma. :)|