Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Each time I take Danny to one of his doctors, I'm always amazed at how easy it is to forget that nothing is routine about his appointments. Today we had to go to Elmira for his eye doctor appointment. Danny has been seeing Dr. Morello since he was just two weeks old and we are very confident with him. Dr. Morello is a pediatric Opthomologist and is very knowledgeable with Daniel's disabilities so it is worth the hour and a half trip. Today we got the news that Danny would be having his fourth surgery on his eyes in a month or so. Moebius Syndrome, one condition Danny has, causes Strabismus. Daniel's eye problems are further complicated by his brain abnormalities. Normally kids with Strabismus have one surgery to straighten their eyes and that is all they need because the nerves that connect to the muscles in the eyes and go to the brain figure out they need to now keep the eyes straight. In Danny's case, there are no nerves or very few nerves that work in his eyes. The ones that do work don't work in conjunction with the other eye and that makes it virtually impossible to keep his eyes straight just by the nerves "talking" to each other like normal eyes. So this time the doctor is going to completely detach the muscles on the outside of his eyes and hope that there won't be any tension pulling them back. As we have been told before, there are no guarantee that this will be the last surgery. Maybe this one will do the trick, who knows. All we can do is pray and wait until next time.