Thursday, December 23, 2010

Where Do I Begin?

Those aren't the words you necessarily want to hear from a doctor. Those are the exact words we heard from Lucy's opthamologist on Tuesday. We went to a regular check up expecting to hear what we always hear. "Every thing is fine and we'll see you in 6 months." Instead, he rolled around in his chair and said, "Where do I begin?" He told me three things. 1- There are no complications from her JRA. 2- She has a astigmatism and needs glasses 3- Her nerves are elevated and her blood vessels are enlarged and scattered. He continued to explain that a blood clot could be causing this. That's when the tears started. He wanted her to go to Children's the next day so that he could do an ultrasound on her eye to measure the fluid. If the fluid was normal then it wouldn't be such an emergency but if it was increase then she would need to get a MRI right away and possibly a spinal tap.
It was a difficult night. We were both so worried.
On Wednesday we headed to Children's. Lucy actually cheered when we told her we were going back to the eye doctor. As we sat in the waiting room the doctor was the one who came to get us. In all the appointments I've been to I don't think that has ever happened. He takes us back and the ultrasound goes much smoother than I thought it would. Once it was over and the doctor made all his notes (which felt like forever). He rolled around and said the words we wanted to hear. Her fluid levels are normal so maybe this is just the way her eyes are... "my concerns are greatly reduced." Those where his words on Wednesday. Insert sigh of relief. He took pictures of her eye and then we headed over to get glasses. He is still sending us for an MRI to make sure things are ok. She is going to look super cute in her new specs. I'll post pictures.


Sweet Pea's Mommy said...

I'm so glad to hear that the doctor is much less worried now! His earlier words are definitely not something you want to hear...ever! Much less before Christmas vacation!

Merry Christmas and I can't wait to see some photos in the glasses!

Mary said...

I'm keeping Lucy in my prayers. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

Jennifer said...

We are still praying that all is well with Lucy, so keep us updated. Plus, we need to get together. Let's make plans!