Thursday, December 6, 2007

Marilyn's First Surgery

On Tuesday morning, Marilyn underwent a Trabeculotomy on her left eye at Riley Hospital. A Trabeculotomy is a surgical procedure where a piece of tissue in the eye's drainage angle is removed to create an opening. This new opening allows fluid to drain out of the eye. This in turn will allow for a release and decrease in pressure on her Optic Nerve.

She did very well during the procedure, and we were able to leave Riley late Tuesday afternoon and return home. We were then back at Riley on Wednesday for her first of many follow-ups and the removal of her patch. The doctors indicate all is looking well and are hopeful the healing will be quick.

She currently has blood across her eye giving it a black look and has blood across the whites as well. The doctors stated this will dissipate over the next week. Our poor little one has been experiencing quite a bit of discomfort, but we are hopeful she will return to being our smiley, happy Marilyn soon enough.

We return to Riley for this procedure on her right eye next Thursday. During each of these procedures, they are only able to open about 1/3 of the canal. The next course of action will vary depending on how well her pressures react to these first two surgeries. She could possibly have to undergo as many as three total surgeries per eye, as well as monthly surgical examinations to check her progress and pressures.

We pray for her quick recovery and her return to smiles and giggles. We can only hope she will be in better spirits in time to welcome Santa. We feel so very blessed to be in the hands of such wonderful surgeons and professionals at Riley and to have the continued support of our family and friends.

Thank you for your love and encouragement, and please continue to keep us in your prayers.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Sarah,

Just wanted you to know I'm thinking about you guys. I hope everything turns out ok. Have a good weekend! Laura