Tomorrow is a big day for us. Case is having his first surgery. He was born with a blocked tear duct, which is apparently common for about 6 out 100 newborns. He had it in both eyes at birth but he right eye healed on its own. His left eye... not so much! It seems that it is not only not getting better but it might actually be getting worse. It is ALWAYS goopy and watering. Sometimes he wakes up from his naps looking like this.
We took him to see a pediatric opthamologist last week and he assured us that it most likely isn't going to get better on it's own, given it is such a sever blockage. He said there is a risk for serious eye infection if we let it continue. Many babies outgrow this by the age of 1 but it doesn't look like Case is going to be one of them. The doctor recommended surgery and he had an opening for tomorrow because there was a cancellation. If we didn't go tomorrow we'd have to wait until September and we really didn't want to do that. It seems that it is actually starting to bother Case, where before he didn't seem to notice. Now he's rubbing it a lot more. Now we are left with facing surgery tomorrow. The procedure is simple but to this momma I'm scared. I hate the thought of him being put under anesthetic. He's so young and we don't know if he has any allergies yet. It makes me nervous. I'm trusting that God is in control and gave us the opportunity for treatment so quickly. I just pray that he gets through this surgery not knowing anything happened and that he's back to himself by the afternoon. I also pray that I will have the courage and the follow through of my trust in the Lord to actually hand my baby over to the doctor without putting up a struggle!
Monday, June 7, 2010
I can't believe it but Case is now 7.5 months old. My little boy has been here for over half of a year. That seems crazy to me. I know everyone said to enjoy him because he would grow up so quickly but it is impossible to wrap your mind around that until you've experienced it. It's amazing because I was pretty sure during the first month or so of his life that he was never going to get any older and I was NEVER going to sleep again. Now I know he has gotten older... much quicker than I anticipated and I am sleeping more... no not a lot but definitely more.
Since my last post Case has started to giggle A LOT more. The sound of his hearty belly laugh just fills me to the brim with joy. There's nothing better than that sound!
He has also made it through his first real illness. He had this runny nose and cough that lasted for several weeks and started to get worse. I took him to the doctor on the Friday before Memorial Day weekend because I just wanted to make sure his lungs sounded fine since we were headed into the long weekend. The doctor said he sounded fine and thought some of this might be related to teething. Well today as I type this there are still no teeth in his mouth! Two days after that appointment Case spiked his first fever. It was 102.6. I freaked out a little, my husband would probably say a lot. Wayne called the doctor on call and he said we should take him to immediate care so we did. That doctor diagnosed him as having an upper respiratory infection and started him on Amoxicillin. Case was hardly eating by this point and if there is something Case is really good at it is eating so I was worried! It took over a week for his eating to get back to normal but not to worry folks... he's back:-)
Tell me his isn't the most pitiful thing you've ever seen!
Case's newest obsession is walking. He wants, very specifically I might add, to hold your two index fingers and take off. He isn't interested in crawling, as he only gets the rocking motion right and then gets frustrated and ends up moving backwards but walking totally interests him! I'm a little afraid of him becoming mobile because I rather like leaving him in one spot only to return and find him still in it. He on the other hand is no longer content being still. Wayne thinks he will be walking at 9 months... I guess, God willing, we'll see.
Oh I almost forgot to share his hair issues with you. Now this picture had a little help from Daddy but it isn't far off from what his hair usually does. It is starting to fill in but he has the weirdest cowlicks that I don't know what we'll do with it.