Ever since she was born 16 months ago Quinn has had a blocked and/or infected tear duct. At times it was hardly noticeable and other times her eye was red and gummy and runny. Her doctor told her that it usually clears itself up by the time a child is a year old so it's best to wait it out. Quinn's didn't clear up, and Sara, a professional photographer, got tired of having to photoshop every picture she took of Quinn...not to mention Quinn's discomfort with the runny sore eye.
|Quinn at nine months - a good eye day|
Yesterday was the day for dealing with the problem. I went along to help Sara and keep her company. It's a bit of a challenge entertaining a hungry (she had to be fasting), tired baby in a strange environment. Luckily our wait wasn't too long. (The following pictures were taken with my phone, hence the iffy quality)
|In the waiting room with Sara - an ironic choice of t-shirt for Quinn|
|Trying to pick the hospital band off|
The doctor told Sara that they'd be clearing out both eyes, since the right eye was also partially blocked but not near as bad as the left one. Poor Quinny didn't like the prep work, hated the hospital bracelet, but strangely enough was totally calm when they put the mask on her face in the OR as she dropped into sleep.
The procedure only took 15 minutes and before long we were summoned into the recovery area. Poor baby was so upset and groggy for awhile. Apple juice saved the day - she just drank down all she could get and ate a whole popsicle before it started to melt. We were on our way home by 10 with a prescription for drops to be administered 4 times a day for 5 days. That'll be a challenge! Hopefully the procedure worked and Quinn won't be bothered by sore eyes any more.
|Post-surgery. That left eye was swollen and yellow.|
|The popsicle made her feel better|
|And the cuddle time made me feel better|
|She hated the red light monitor on her toe and rebelled by laying on her blanket on the floor|
I was glad to be able to be there with her and Sara. Luckily we don't have too many hospital episodes to deal with...knock wood.