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I am the Momma of 8 children. Seven here on earth and 1 precious little Angel in Heaven. My children range in age from 2 months to 25 years. My 6 year old was born with a laundry list of complex medical conditions. He has Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome), a rare brain malformation, which resulted from a mutation of the PAX-6 gene, bilateral anophthalmia, which means that he was born without any eyes, so he is totally blind. At the age of 2 1/2 months old he had to have a tracheostomy to help aid in his breathing. He is hearing impaired, with normal hearing in his left ear and has profound deafness in his right. At 3 1/2 years he had surgery to have a Mic-Key button placed in his stomach (feeding Tube), which is mainly used to give him his medications. He also has insulin dependant diabetes and wears an insulin pump, which gives him a continuous dose of insulin. Even with his many dis"abilities," including being globally developmentally delayed, he has accomplished more than anyone would have ever believed that he could. Join us in our journey living with a Dis"Abled" child....

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Surgery Date

My eye surgery has been scheduled for Feb. 9th. I saw Dr. McKinnon on Tuesday. He feels that my eye pressure is ok for Dr. Afshari and himself to proceed with my surgery. The pressure was 12 in each eye. Dr. McKinnon will be placing drain tubes in my eyes to help relieve the eye pressure due to the glaucoma. During the same surgery Dr. Afshari will be doing my cornea transplant. She will be using a plastic cornea rather than a donor cornea. The plastic cornea has the benefits of the body not rejecting the cornea and with the plastic cornea the cornea will not become hazey like with a donor cornea. The major drawback to the plastic cornea is that their is a very high risk of infection. So I will have to take antibotic eye drops for the rest of my life. This is a small price to pay to finally have clear vision once again.

1 comment:

Ms57Classic said...

Hi. In 2001 I had a corneal transplant and have written about it in my blog. I've also created a social networking site for those who have had a corneal transplant or will be having one. If you are interested the link is:
Wishing you great sucess with your corneal transplant!