Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Today the girls had their eye exams, by their pediatric ophthalmologist Dr. David Coats of Texas Children's Hospital. He seems to be a nice friendly guy, and most importantly he is a very reputable pediatric ophthalmologist. Little Rachel's eye exam reveled ROP which is extremely common in premature babies. ROP is Retinopathy of Prematurity, basically ROP is a problem with the way the blood vessels develop on the surface of the retina. When a baby is born prematurely these blood vessels are immature like the rest of the baby. In some premature infants the blood vessels start to grow the wrong way. Instead of branching like a tree the vessels link up side to side and in some cases grow away from the retina towards the center of the eye. The severity of ROP is graded from stage one to stage five. Stage one is the mildest and stage five the most severe. Rachel is a stage three. Dr. Coats explained that Rachel would have to have laser surgery tomorrow to try and correct the problem. He told me that he has been doing these laser surgeries now since 2003 and it has worked on all except for one of his babies. We are nervous, but he made us feel better by telling us that. We will hope and pray for the best and except what ever the Lord wants for her. She is a little fighter she will pull through this. Haley seems to have had a pretty good day today. Her eye exam didn't show ROP yet, but the eye doctor said she will most likely need the laser surgery in the future. Dr. Thompson decided to start her back on breast milk for the first time since before her surgery. She did have a little poop come from her ostomy, which is a good sign. Haley is finally getting fed a small amount of breast milk! Yay for Haley! We hope all goes well and she will be pooping as well as Rachel. Thomas and I got to change Rachel's diaper this evening and she gave us a big poopy diaper. After I got a new diaper on her she pooped even more so I had to change her again. That little stinker! We love it!
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