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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Eye Exam Day

Today, Briella & I ventured out by ourselves to go back to Kansas to see her retina doctor. I was very nervous. I had forgotten how much stuff a baby has to have with them! Here in Kansas City, we are preparing for a winter storm that is calling for 6-10 inches of snow & ice. I packed as if we were going to be stranded on the side of the road for days, ha! SO many blankets, food, diapers, changes of clothing...and we were home 2 hours later.

Driving to the doctors, I realized I was getting off the exit right before our hospital. A wave of emotion came over me and I though, am I having an anxiety attack? Next thing I knew tears were streaming down and I didn't even know why. I had to tell myself that Briella is in the car WITH me and NOT at the hospital anymore, and everything was okay.

Once we were at the doctors office, waiting in the waiting room there were people sniffling and coughing. I wanted to run out. I politely asked if there was an empty room we could wait in and was told no. I just bundled her up against my chest. While filling out forms a man asked if he could hold her while I filled out paper work & I just smiled and laughed, thinking NO WAY! When the assistant came to get Briella, they do not allow parents in the room for the examination because it is hard to watch, heck its hard to hear, he took her in his arms and all I could think was "Did he wash his hands? Can I ask him to go wash his hands?" About 10-15 minutes later I was told the doctor was ready to see me. He told me that Briella's eyes have COMPLETELY matured! No more ROP. Everything looks completely normal and functioning. She is not blind. AND he never needs to see her again! I started crying and he asked me if this was my first child, I replied, "No, but it is my first preemie." Micro preemies are a whole new ballgame. A whole new world, with their own time frames and their own schedules. We will have a visit with a pediatric optometrist at 6 months old. Which by the way is only like a month and a half away!!!

We are so completely blessed and thankful. I cannot believe that my 23 weeker is doing so well. We are lucky. God has blessed us!!!!

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