Ryan’s last eye surgery some three weeks ago, called a partial-tarsorrhaphy, is successful to this point. In everyday terms, a tarsorrhaphy is nothing more than sewing the eyelids shut. Anyhow, we will know even more today. The eye surgeon is seeing him later in the day to make some “adjustments”. Namely, snipping a few (but not all) of the sutures from both eyes and taking away the plastic that reinforced the stitches.
The objective is to allow Ryan’s eyelids to open… just a bit. This way, if he has the cognitive ability to process any visual input this will just barely allow it. All we know for certain about Ryan’s vision is that his brain’s cortex senses light and darkness. Beyond this, he might not even be able to process what it even means. I believe visual stimulation — even minimal — is important in his chance for any recovery.
But, there’s a trade-off. There always is. The more the eyelids are opened, the greater the exposure risk.
Baclofen Pump Removal
Now that I know we have a house-sitter (to include watching the woofers), I am free to tell you the exact date of Ryan’s next surgery. This is to remove the implanted baclofen pump in his abdomen that was placed in January 2010.
The surgery is scheduled for Wednesday, October 3rd, but he might need to be there the day prior. This is being performed at Children’s Hospital in Washington, D.C.
Following the operation, Ryan will be admitted for a minimum of twenty-four hours for monitoring.
I must keep it short today. I am writing this at five o’clock in the morning because I am getting Ryan up in a matter of minutes. We need the time to meet his therapy goals for the day and take him to the eye surgeon. Before wrapping up, I want to let you know that a local Irish Pub in Northern Virginia (between Ashburn and Leesburg) is holding a fundraiser tomorrow evening, between 6pm and 9pm. I literally just learned of this event yesterday afternoon, and it looks like it was announced just this Tuesday. I absolutely plan on attending.