I am going to put out two posts today. One good, to follow. One not so much. I’ll start with the positive, since I am still gathering information on the other. The insurance company is off-the-hook. They are not to be blamed even one iota. I am so sorry for jumping to the wrong conclusion.
The therapy company, Capital Home Health, well… that’s another story. Betrayal and cover-up are the topics of the day.
Right Eye Abrasion Healed. Eyes will be a “Constant Battle”.
Dr. Hinkle stopped by yesterday morning to see how Ryan’s eyes where progressing. Remember last week Dr. Hinkle located a noticeable abrasion (i.e., erosion) below the right pupil. This needed careful monitoring and around-the-clock treatment. We were putting one or another type of lubricant in it every two hours or less.
The treatment worked! Dr. Hinkle was right on target for getting this resolved. While we will continue to lubricate his eyes on all the even hours, the mix of lubricants is less complicated. Dr. Hinkle really is “The Man”.
The reality is this will likely be an ongoing concern. Eye health is so delicate. As I arranged it in my own mind, it has three component: 1) Tear Production, 2) Nutrition, and 3) Exposure. Specific to Ryan, he seems to have adequate tears. We also know his nutrition is excellent. This, deductively, leaves exposure as the culprit.
Exposure, in my growing ocular knowledge, seems like it’s the hardest to treat given Ryan’s condition. He rarely closes his eyes. When closed, it’s not long enough to promote significant healing. Finally, his blinks are incomplete. Hence, he wears the goggles but they only do so much. Because Ryan has deep-set eyes, it is impossible to securely tape them closed. Believe me, we’ve tried. It was too risky as he might open them under the tape/bandage/patch and really do some damage. So, the treatment for now is to keep a protective lubricant film between his eyes and the environment.
I might not be ahead of this yet, but I’m getting better. Thank you Dr. Hinkle, you’re a wonderful man!