Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Alright...here's the deal so far on Nathan. I know a couple of you out there know what's going on, but quite a few of you don't.


On Friday we noticed that Nathan's left eye started turning in and he started squinting, closing the left eye. We made an appointment with the pediatrician and she sent us to a specialist (a.k.a. QUACK!! he was a doosey!) Sometimes his eye's look ok, and when the eye turns in he squints the left eye. I just took these two pictures and you see in one he's fine but the other he's gone to squinting. These two pictures were taken in less than a minute.

Geez! But he's a handsome little man!! Can't you just hear him saying in his best Joey voice from Friends, "How you doin'??" tee hee

He has acute strabismus, to keep terms simple, lazy eye, it's just easier to say for me. The quack, I mean specialist, believes he has double vision, but his eye sight is OK for distance and such. SO...right now we are in the process of getting a second opinion. This "specialist" seems to want to do surgery like really fast. To fast for my comfort. Most of my hubby's research on the Internet shows that vision therapy could be successful if the problem is caught early on. So that is the route we're taking at the moment, until the second opinion comes through. We are patching his good eye to work the muscles in the left eye, so now I'm on a mission to get some Diego fabric and see if I can make him a Diego Eye patch because he LOVES that show!


**Disclaimer for Comments ** Thanks for listening. Not to be rude, but if you're going to comment keep it supportive. I really don't need to hear, you should have done this or you should have done that. Honestly...I've heard enough from Dr. Quack that I just needed to get this off my chest and share. I'm not asking any of you for answers. Just support. Brent and I are doing what we feel is right for Nathan. If you want to say something about how we should do something else, feel free to email me privately if you have my email. I may or may not chose to read it, depending on my feelings and stress over this issue at the moment your email comes in. I've have two good friends who have been through this in different ways that are giving me info, and I feel I know them well enough to say "ok I've heard enough now" and they'll hold off until I ask again. (thanks Skeeter and Sonya).

12 comments:

Yvette said...

Hi and thanks for dropping by my blog. I had a very lazy eye when I was a child and I had to do exercises daily. It still turns out when I'm tired but hasn't really affected me.
And yes, he is a handsome fellow!

Jackie said...

You know what's best for your little guy. Thanks for the update, I've been worrying about him.

yarnophiliac said...

Hey baby, totally here for support, and seriously? Who out there has all the answers? You are DEFINITELY right ot go for a second opinion if you were not comfortable with the first doc -- and heck, a third or fourth is not uncalled for when you are tlalking about your kid! And bravo to you and Brent to doing research and informing yourselves. Thank goodness for the internet. Se you tonight -- KISSES!!!!!

Caroline said...

Hey, I'm keeping you guys and Nathan (little cutie) in my thoughts. Don't let the second guessers get you down.

Julie said...

You always have to do what you believe is right for your child! A second opinion is always a good idea even if you didn't think the first doctor was a quack. I'll be keeping the handsome little guy and the rest of your family in my thoughts.

Anonymous said...

Kudos for listening to the mommy instinct (we moms have got to stick together on this one - we second guess ourselves too much).
Sending supportive thoughts your way.
SP10

Amanda1 said...

Lora, you have my total support. I'm glad that you are trusting your instinct and doing what you feel is right. Why would anyone ever want to rush into surgery like that??

Sonya said...

You and Brent are wonderful parents and you both are highly intelligent. Seeking a second opion and more information is your right, and I think you would be remiss if you didn't.
I hope my telling you about Alex's situation has not made you more apprehensive.
Wishing you strength and tranquility.

Knitting Mama said...

I hope your little guy is okay! Sending my support and hugs :)

Nichole said...

Thanks for updating us! He sure is a handsome little guy (and yes, "How you doin'" seems fitting!).
Sending good vibes & hugs your way.

Stacy said...

Hey Lora, I didn't know about any of this til last night. I'm behind on blogs. I just wanted to say that I wish you the best! And I agree with the second opinion! I wouldn't know what kind of advice to give, b/c I've never been thru it, but I know if you go with your gut, you can't go wrong!

Melissa said...

I love the disclaimer, can I steal it sometime? Seriously...if you want my advice, you'll ask for it! I definitely think the second opinion is the way to go, as is listening to your instincts!!