Sunday, August 23, 2015

Again?!?! Another Scratched Cornea?!?!

November 17, 2014

On Saturday, Nov. 15, I took a short car ride to Toys R Us with the kids to spend their birthday money. Emily fell asleep in the car and was only asleep for about 20 minutes.  She was fine when we got in the car, but when she woke up her right eye was severely red and she was complaining of it hurting. Of course this happens on a Saturday and without going to the emergency room, we need to wait until Monday to have her seen.  I totally freaked out thinking that it was the first sign of the terrible infection that she had a couple months ago in her left eye.  I gave her extra antibiotic drops and hoped that by Sunday she would be ok.  But no such luck.

Monday morning I called and got her in to see Dr. Zaidman right away.  Of all things, she had a scratch on her cornea! Come on, can't this girl catch any breaks??? Dr. Z said it could have been from a bubble that we have seen come and go over the last few months that burst and caused a scratch. Or it could have been just a bad scratch. It was fairly large in size and had already caused her cornea to become cloudy...her vision was now less than it was 2 days ago. He took a culture to see if there was any infection and agreed to aggressively treat it with 2 different drops 8 times a day. It could take 3-4 weeks to heal and scar tissue may form where is heals, causing even further interference with her vision.

The saving grace to all of this?  The timing.  If this had happened 2 weeks later, it may not have healed in time for her transplant in January.  No surgery on an eye that is still healing from infection or injury.

I don't know who is in charge upstairs...but whoever you are, please just leave my little girl alone. She has been through enough.  Please stop putting her through so much pain!


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