Tuesday, September 6, 2011

ROP Update

Today Veronica had another eye exam at Children's National Medical Center in DC. The good news is that there really isn't any bad news to report, at least I don't think there is. The ROP (retinopathy of prematurity) in the right eye, although still stage 3, appears to have regressed a bit. But the ROP in the left eye is now stage 3, which means that it has progressed. But the doctor was not as concerned about the left eye. She said that technically it had progressed but it didn't look that bad. Although she stressed that the ROP in both eyes is very "active". So it's a little confusing if you ask me. And to be completely honest, I don't understand much of it. What I do know is that we are no worse off than we were two weeks ago which we have to be grateful for. And at least today's visit was not interrupted by an earthquake which really counts for a lot. So we will follow up in two weeks and will probably continue to do so for the next few months until the ROP is resolved or until surgery is needed. Please continue to pray that we won't get to that point. Although it is a fairly common surgery, I understand that one of the risks is the loss of some peripheral vision which if course is something we would like to avoid. It's interesting in that if you had told me on the day she was born that our biggest concern in four months would be whether or not she was going to lose some of her peripheral vision, I would have been relieved. There just seemed to be so many other things to worry about, like breathing and living. But she has come so far and done so well, we just want so much for that to continue. Please pray that the ROP resolves itself, and sooner rather than later. Those eye exams are not at all easy to watch. Thank you for the prayers and support!

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