January 17, 2008

Back from Anchorage

The whirlwind trip to Anchorage to have Elijah seen is over...and now comes the treatment part. Dr. Arnold is amazing! What a cool doctor...he came in and starting talking to Eli like Donal Duck! It was so much fun to watch him work with him. =)

Anyhow, here's the skinny. We're not sure how far back it goes, but Eli hasn't seen well out of his right eye for some time. The brain does some funky stuff when the 2 eyes see different, and actually wind up ignoring the signal from the bad eye and lean on the good eye. So basically, we're looking at a contact lense for the correction of the magnification, and glasses over top to correct the astigmatism and protect his good eye. AND, he'll have to wear a patch over the left eye for 2 hours a day, to forec his brain to use his right eye.....and hopefully after 4 weeks of this, he'll see a 2 line improvement on the chart. At least we should expect something like that.

It's more about retraining the brain to use that eye, then just correcting the vision.

And that's that.....

We ask that you pray for Beth and Zach. They're have some trouble getting out of Guatamala right now....and we all want them to be home. If you don't know them, they're friends of ours here in Kodiak.

Love you all, will talk soon.



Mary said...

Hi guys! Megan has been seeing Dr. Arnold since before she was a year old. She has a deficit in her left eye that currently does not need glasses because it is slowly healing itself (God is so good!).

Anyway, just wanted to say that I *heart* Dr. Arnold and his staff. We've been up to his office 6 times now - including one eye surgery.

Next time, let me know if you need anyone to hang with the other kids - Joshua and Megan (and Daniel) would love to play with Caleb and Peach!

Zach and Beth said...

We are so glad you have answers now and can move forward with treatment. Oh, and we're totally jealous that Eli gets a patch and gets to be a pirate every day! We can't wait to see you on Monday!

Sarah said...

Wow, that is a lot to take in! I am so glad you guys are getting answers, you will certainly be in my prayers!