Here goes my two steps forward and ten steps back post. Today was not a good day for Lindy. The poor girl cannot catch a break. It seems like Lindy has been through it all. I just feel so bad for her. She's had to fight through so much stuff. I just wish she could bypass just a couple of the normal preemie issues. Instead I think she is going to have to deal with every single one of them. At least that is how it feels right now.
Around lunch time today we found out that she tested positive for MRSA - methacillin resistant staphylococcus aureus. It's a bacteria that they test every baby for every Tuesday. Of course Lindy tested positive for it. From what we can tell and the information we have received, it's a bacteria found on the skin. It's a bacteria that is found in hospitals. If it enters the blood then it can be dangerous and make the babies sick. Fortunately it is just on her skin right now. We have heard that it is rare that it goes from skin to blood. The unfortunate part is that now anytime we want to touch Lindy or her isolette we have to wear a gown and gloves. All I want to do is touch and hold her and it just stinks that we have to do it wearing gloves. She is already very picky about being touched, I'm sure she will just love us touching her with latex gloves on.
The eye doctor came this afternoon and around 5pm we found out that Lindy will have to have laser surgery for her eyes. The doctor that checked her is a new doctor at Baptist and we think he will be doing the surgery instead of having to move her to another hospital. The neonatologist is going to decide tomorrow. Lindy has retinopathy of prematurity and she has what they call 'plus' disease. This means abnormal blood vessels in her eyes are abnormally large. The laser surgery will destroy the abnormal retinal tissue to stop the growth of the abnormal blood vessels. From what we've been told, she will lose some of her peripheral vision when they destroy the abnormal tissue. This will save the rest of her vision. So I guess we won't complain about losing a little to save a lot. A book I have says they are more likely to be nearsighted.
So the poor baby girl did not get good news today. We do not know exactly when the eye surgery will be. Possibly tomorrow or Saturday at the latest. It's something that must be done quickly to save her vision.
Will did get good news during his eye exam; this doctor could barely see anything wrong with his eyes. Will continues his two steps forward. I'm just waiting for his ten steps back......