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Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Rinnah had her appointments today.

The first one was an eye appointment. I had heard great things about this doctor (a pediatric ophthalmologist) but maybe he was having an off day or something. He just seemed really cold to me and didn't want to answer my questions. At any rate, he agrees that she has bilateral blocked tear ducts. He showed me how to really massage her eyes to try to open them (turns out I wasn't doing it nearly hard enough) but said that by this point, my odds are maybe 5-10% of getting them to open without surgery. If they do the surgery, it's a super quick procedure, only about 5 minutes, but they do have to put her under general anesthesia for it which is a bit scary. The real issue is that even if we decide tomorrow that's what we're going to do, it will be a month before we can get a surgery appointment. Then she needs a followup appointment 6-8 weeks after the surgery. So you can see how this will run into our travel plans of leaving in a month. Lots to think about.

The second appointment was with a nutritionist/lactation consultant about Rinnah not wanting to eat. Of course, today she did fabulous. The lady did give me a lot of ideas on things to give her and ways to encourage her. She also gave us a special spoon that's flexible with nubby ends, and Rinnah seems to LOVE it. I think she ate more today off that spoon than she has eaten cumulatively in her life until today. The lady told us that Rinnah has all the skills right now to eat, but some babies have textural aversions to the smooth spoon. We never would have guessed the spoon was part of the problem. She also said that once Rinnah gains more confidence with eating things, like the cantaloupe yesterday and spooned things today, she'll probably be more willing to try new things. Overall that was a very encouraging visit.

Ian was very good for Jeremy when Jeremy picked him up from the friend's house after lunch to put him down for a nap, so we went to the park tonight as a reward. Once again Ian walked to the far away park all by himself, about a mile. (Well, we were with him of course, but he walked without us carrying him.) He wanted to walk home too, but it takes a REALLY long time to walk at his pace and we needed to eat dinner before dark!


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