Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Good News and Bad News at the Ophthalmologist


Rachel had a busy morning today.  First, John took her to get her blood drawn for her upcoming appointment to make sure that her JDM isn't rearing its ugly head.  Then I took her to the ophthalmologist to make sure that the Plaquenil we started back in May isn't hurting her eyes.

The good news is that Plaquenil hasn't affected her eyes, and the doctor doesn't think that it will based on the dosage.  But he wants to keep an eye on it and see her every six months.

The bad news is that Rachel has cataracts.  Yes, cataracts.  I had forgotten that prednisone can cause cataracts, not that it matters.  She needed the steroids to fight her JDM, and here is another reason we are thankful that she no longer needs them.

Dr. G thinks that her cataracts might go down a little bit, but they will not go away completely on their own.  And they are borderline needing surgery.  He said, "If she were my child, I would not do surgery right now."  And I said, "That's exactly what I was thinking."  And I was thinking that I would fight pretty hard not to have surgery on my three year old's eyes.

Even with her cataracts, Rachel sees at 20/40.  With 20/40, you can still see well enough to drive, although at 20/50, the DMV won't give you a license.

So, we had good news and bad news today.  But I am thankful for a conservative doctor, not one that I had to fight to keep Rachel from undergoing surgery at this point.  Oh, and Dr. G also quoted Ecclesiastes to me.  While it had nothing to do with Rachel, it was still refreshing!

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