Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Aunt Sara bonds with Ben

Ben and his parents were Sara's guests for the weekend, and Sara got some good bonding time with Ben. So, sure enough, Sara was off to Carter's Sunday afternoon... Posted by Picasa

Monday, May 29, 2006

Ben and Nana

Why doesn't this camera flash? Ben

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Eye Update

I had a brief appointment with the retina guy this week and got a good report. Nothing has changed with the retinoschisis, which indicates to the dr. that it has been there for a long time and will probably not change for the rest of my life. We'll continue to monitor it -- next time 3 months from now.

"We're really going to see Nana?"

I'm pretty sure that's what Ben's thinking. Or it could have been something about getting to see Uncle John and Aunt Catherine for the first time...
It could be something like, "You're sure that I have more hair than Uncle John?!"Posted by Picasa

Ben - 4 Months Old and Proud of It!

Here's Ben giving a cheer on his 4 month birthday. Seems looking at his Mom makes him a happy boy! Posted by Picasa

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Ben: "Go 'Stros!"

Nana had to be sure Ben had his Astros' uniform. Looks like he's pumped! Posted by Picasa

Ben's Big Blue Eyes

With those eyes, I think Ben probably gets just about anything he wants! Posted by Picasa

Friday, May 05, 2006

Good Eye Report

Good news from the second retina guy this morning -- he confirmed the diagnosis and that we only need to monitor the situation. He explained that the reason for the caution -- so many people looking at it and monitoring it closely for a while -- is that a few percentage of what look like retinoschisms are actually the beginning of detachments. He seems confident that mine is not, but we'll be cautious anyway. The other good news is that retinoschisms progress slowly, if at all, and the danger of any damage to central vision is very small.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

"Eye" had an interesting day!

You know you're going to have an interesting day when you call the eye doctor for an appointment and they ask, "Could you come in this afternoon?"

I had started seeing flashes in my left eye the night before. Doing a little Google research taught me that almost everyone, at one time or another, has flashes, so that generally it's not anything to worry about. But I thought it would be a good idea to go ahead and schedule an appointment to get it looked at, and was a little surprised that they wanted to see me the same day.

Most of the appointment was just following the same routine every eye exam appointment follows -- vision check, pressure check, dilation, exam through the scope and with the head magnifier, at which point the dr. said everything looked perfect. Things changed a little, though, when he decided to take a second look, this time using a contact lense in addition to the scope. After looking for a while, he asked his colleage to step in and have a look. They both agreed there was a separtion of layers of the retina, but seemed unsure if more was going on, so arranged for me to see a retina specialist as soon as I could make the drive to his office.

The retina guy was waiting for me, as by now it was after office hours. "What we find will determine whether we go to the operating room in the morning" set the tone. He did an intial exam, and announced that everything looked fine. As he continued using the contact lens, he announced that what I had was retinoschisis, a separation of the layers of the retina, but no detachment, holes, or tear, and further that I have it in both eyes. Other encouraging words was that the condition does not require treatment, and that he would not expect it to progress sufficiently to threaten my central vision, but that we would monitor it. Next he took photos of the inside of the eye, both so that there would be a baseline and to show me what he was seeing. He did discuss the possibility of using laser to tack the retina layers to themselves as an attempt to prevent progression, but noted that in the long run that can complicate repairs if holes or tears or detachment occur. So the current plan is to monitor, although I'll see his partner Friday morning to see if he concurs.

So, it was an interesting and unsettling afternoon. My prayer is that there is no progression, and no need to do anything but monitor it over time.