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the eric update - day 1471: just being "normal", waiting for july 23rd.

and by normal, of course, i mean helping mamma and poppi in the garden by digging in the dirt :-)

as you might know if you've been following the updates we got approval for odin to see a pediatric retinal specialist in royal oak michigan. odin has seen the doctor before soon after he left the nicu. anthony (tony) capone is world renowned in his own right and works in the same practice as michael t. trese who is the man when it comes to pediatric retinal issues and pediatric complications from retinopathy of prematurity. so, we couldn't be seeing more capable doctors. doctor capone has even been gracious enough to give me free advice since the onset of odin's vitrous hemorrhage which obviously has been very, very, very, very(!) appreciated and stands in stark contrast to the communication we've received from the doctors at the mayo clinic.

odin is scheduled for an exam under anesthesia on july 23rd at which time dr. capone will look at every inch of odin's retina. it's entirely possible that he'll get laser surgery (photocoagulation) to repair any retinal holes as well as a vitrectomy to prevent his vitreous, the eye's clear internal jelly, from tugging on his retina which presumably caused the hemorrhage.

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7/13/2008 10:23:00 PM 4 comments

4 Comments:

Thank goodness!!!!! I'm so glad you're getting in to see him! Odin is such a lucky boy to have two attentive, go-the-extra-mile(s) parents. He's definitely in good hands!

By Anonymous Auntie Gina, at 4:30 PM  

Standing by/thinking good thoughts/hoping all will continue to be progress!

By Anonymous esta1923, at 1:55 PM  

Standing by/thinking good thoughts/hoping all will continue to be progress!

By Anonymous esta1923, at 1:55 PM  

auntie gina: "Thank goodness!!!!! I'm so glad you're getting in to see him! Odin is such a lucky boy to have two attentive, go-the-extra-mile(s) parents."

well, one of us is more go-the-extra mile than another :-) i'm not sure i would have had the patience to deal with the insurance company all day long.

esta1923: "Standing by/thinking good thoughts/hoping all will continue to be progress!"

thanks!

By Blogger e3, at 10:15 PM  

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