Gwyneth had a second eye surgery and ear tubes placed today (in the same OR). Her First Eye Muscle Surgery in March made an immediate difference, but her right eye slowly reverted again over the next several months. The success rate for this surgery is 80%, which means Gwyneth fell into the 20% the first time around...we're hoping this one will be successful.
The ear tubes should make a huge difference in her hearing. Although she's had only one ear infection, she has had fluid in her ears for a long time, which has hindered her ability to hear clearly. The surgeon today told us that she had a lot of fluid during surgery, which he had to clean out before placing the tubes. The tubes should relieve the vacuum pressure that builds up behind her ear drums because her eustachian tubes that run from her middle ear to the back of her throat are so small that they do not easily drain on their own. As she grows bigger, the tubes should eventually fall out on their own and the ear drums will heal...hopefully by that time, her ears will be able to drain on their own.
We had to be at the hospital (CHKD) this morning at 7am, but since we drove yesterday from a few days in New Jersey with Tricia's family, we decided to grab a hotel room near the hospital last night instead of driving all the way home and then back again super early this morning. Gwyneth was in surgery at 9:45, and we were called into the post-op recovery room around 11:15. Because she is older and more aware this time around, she was much more cranky and agitated coming out of surgery this time than last. She spent the first hour squirming and crying before we finally made it to her car seat where she is much happier. She slept most of the trip home and then for a few hours this afternoon. She was feeling much better this evening, probably with the anisthesia and morphine out of her system, and she is currently falling to sleep in Tricia's lap, sucking down some pedialyte and listening to the Angels beat the Yankees.
We're hoping to see a big change in her ability to see and hear in the next few days...we'll keep you posted!