Shawn’s surgery

October 23, 2012 at 11:22 PM 2 comments

As many of you already know Shawn had eye surgery on Monday because, like his sister Faith, he has strabismus.

Strabismus or “lazy eye” is a condition in which the eyes are not properly aligned with each other. It typically involves a lack of coordination between the extraocular muscles that prevents bringing the gaze of each eye to the same point in space and preventing proper binocular vision, which may adversely affect depth perception. (that’s the technical jargon for those of you who need to know what Shawn’s condition is).

Unlike Faith’s situation, Shawn’s eye was not as extreme to the point where we had to go straight to surgery. We also didn’t have to be as diligent with patching his strong eye as we did Faith. There was a short period of time we were patching his eye but it didn’t last long at all, then we just got Shawn a stronger prescription of glasses. We did that a few times until finally, the last visit with the specialist, Dr. Smith, he told us Shawn would need surgery.

So yesterday, Monday Shawn had a surgery which is simply called Strabismus repair. The surgery was to correct the misalignment of the eyes. Unfortunately it doesn’t look like this will be his only surgery. It looks like Shawn might have to have a second surgery because the muscles in his eye were very tight. Which isn’t good.

But according to Dr. Smith the surgery went well and Shawn was to be in recovery for about 2 hours. Unfortunately the beginning of recovery was very rough on Shawn. He was thrashing about and wouldn’t open up his eyes. But eventually he did calm down and they were able to get him to open his eyes so they could see how they were doing. Apparently he was very upset after the surgery, especially after he woke up.

It has now been a whole day since his surgery and Shawn seems to be doing much better. Today he spent the whole day on the couch with me. He sat and played with his favourite puzzle for hours as we watched some animation movies and I worked away on my laptop. We stopped a few times during the day to put eye drops in his eyes. Man, he doesn’t like those drops. He gets very upset when I try to put drops in his eyes, so much so that he starts swing his arms and almost knocked the drops out of my hand. I did get a pointer from a friend who is a doctor to make it much simpler to put the drops in, I’m going to try it tomorrow morning. Pull the lower lid down and put the drops there.

Shawn’s eyes look like they are blood shot but he seems to be doing okay. He looks like he is constantly crying. His eyes are full of tears. But thankfully he doesn’t seem to be in any pain and even fell asleep beside me on the couch for a few hours before De-Ann got home tonight.

Thank you to each of you who sent very kind notes and prayed for Shawn and us as we went through this procedure together. It is so nice to know so many people genuinely care about us as a family.

Thank you.
Andrew & De-Ann

If you want info about Strabismus repair, here is a link: Strabismus_surgery

As you can see from the pictures below Shawn enjoyed his time in the crib before his surgery, again playing with his favourite puzzle, but after he looks very unhappy and exhausted. He slept in his car seat the whole way home.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Cleotilde Kapoi  |  November 29, 2012 at 10:54 PM

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    • 2. Andrew DeGraaf  |  December 9, 2012 at 8:34 PM

      How far across the ocean? I am glad you are enjoying my blog. Stop by again real soon.


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