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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Macie's Eye Problem Update

The short version is: we still don't know what is wrong.
The long version is: Mercedes eye has been swollen and looked kind of bruised now for about 4 months. If you look at the picture above you can kind of see it. It's her right eye. Pictures never show it as well (thankfully), but you can get an idea of what I'm talking about. At first we thought it might be what they call an allergy shiner, just meaning that she was having an allergy to something I was eating. But since it isn't in both eyes and since it's getting worse, it isn't that. Then we had the pediatrician look at it and she wasn't really sure. She thought it might just be blood vessels close to the surface, but I'm not buying that. When it started getting even worse we wanted to look more in depth. Our home teacher is a doctor and he thought it looked like a hemangioma. He said to go to the dermatologist. So we did that. The dermatologist said it didn't look like a hemangioma to him, he thought it was a plugged tear duct and sent us to an oculoplastic surgeon (a fancy eye doctor who performs surgery) and she said it isn't a plugged tear duct. She thinks it's a hemangioma. :( So who knows. We now have an appointment to go see a pediatric opthamologist. I'm hopeful on this one since they specialize in pediatrics. The oculoplastic surgeon did, however, say that she didn't think that it was dangerous and she didn't think that it would need surgery. That's the best news that we've gotten. The unfortunate thing about all of this is that Mercedes is now TERRIFIED of strangers. But can you blame her? Every new person she sees looks right in her face, takes a bright flashy picture of her eye and proceeds to poke her in the eye. I don't think I'd trust people either. But it makes for interesting times when you go to the store and people say "Your baby is so CUTE!" and then she starts to wail. Hmm. What to do. Here's our poor little princess, all tuckered out from her trip to the doctor yesterday.


Deb Nott said...

Oh no, the poor thing! How are you holding up? I think that sometimes it is harder on the mommies to go through watching their child!
But it was super cute on your other blog to read that she just randomly falls asleep! That is adorable! Keep us posted!

Harrisons said...

Wow! I didn't know you had this extra stress. I think the not knowing is way worse than finding out even bad news and being able to deal with it.

Paul, Janie, and McKay said...

I hope you can get some answers soon. Thanks for the update on this!

Anonymous said...

Brinlee and Quade both have hemangioma's and they are red. (the nickname for them is a strawberry birth mark) Quade's is to the right of his right eye and Brinlee's is on her right cheekbone. From the picture Macie's doesn't look red. I guess they don't have to be, but everyone I've ever talked to that has had a child with one it has been red. Brinlee's is going away, but it's still there. I'm sure you've done your research on it, but they should just go away on their own. But if it compromises her vision they'll probably treat it. My doctor was worried about that with Quade's, becuase it was so close to his eye, but it isn't protruding too bad. Hopefully it stays that way. But the odds are 2 in 100 kids and both of mine have one! What odds huh?? :) Keep me posted on it. I'm interested in finding out what it really is.

anoyce said...

Oh goodness! I hope the doctors are able to figure this all out soon!

danniellespackman said...

Poor little girl!! I won't be offended if she cries at me. Let me know if you need help.