Sunday, May 20, 2012

Jacob's Eye Surgery

Last month, Jacob had his eye surgery to correct his lazy eye.  He got to choose the outfit he wore, so he wore his pajamas.  The Children's Hospital opened a couple months ago and is beautiful!
 After he got admitted into pre-op, he got a medication that made him pretty calm.  He was definitely still himself, just a 10 MPH version instead of the normal 75 MPH!
 The surgery went well.  It took about 1.5 hours, and Dani and I were glad when it was done.  Jacob came out with a large patch over his eye, and as the anesthetic wore off, he was pretty sad.  He wanted the patch off, and once it was off, he really wanted to be able to open his eye.  Cars 2 wasn't even enough to cheer him up for a while.  He did get to have about 5 different popsicles.

His eye remained quite red for a few days, and we put ointment into it to help.  Jacob took a day or two before he started wanting to run around and play as normal.
 At this point, it appears that the surgery has been successful.  Dani will take him in to the eye doctor this week to have a follow-up visit.  His eye is still a little pink, and some of that may not go away, but it is aligned.  He continues to patch about 2 hours per day.  I also think he's actually using his weaker eye more than I thought he would - his depth perception appears to be better than it was a couple months ago.

I recently re-read the talk from April's General Conference by President Packer, "And a Little Child Shall Lead Them" where he says, "One of the great discoveries of parenthood is that we learn far more about what really matters from our children than we ever did from our parents."  I have been inspired by the faith and trust Jacob put in Dani and I to go through this surgery.  We knew he would go through some discomfort in his recovery, but his life would ultimately be better for having the surgery.  I have likened Jacob's surgery to our life and our Father's desire for us to go through experiences, even if there is discomfort, so we can grow and ultimately be better.  I am grateful for Jacob's example and hope I can have the same faith as shown by my young son.


Sarah said...

What a BRAVE little boy. The picture of him in the hospital bed, I can see Dani in his face. He sure is growing up!

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