We checked into the hospital at 7:15 this morning and left at 10:00 a.m., this was our shortest time at the hospital for an EUA ever. It was one of our shortest times at the hospital in general. We high fived when we got back in the car, we were so excited.
After we checked in, Owen played in the waiting room until we took him back to get dressed. This was his first time actually exploring the room and playing with the toys. He liked the play kitchen and spent a lot of time opening the oven door and turning the knobs. He also tried to attack another patient’s bottle (it was in the child’s diaper bag). Not surprising since he hadn’t eaten since last night.
After the waiting room, we went back to a room where we got him dressed and they took his vitals. While we were in there, Owen fell and hit his head against the window. He got a big goose egg from it and cried for a few minutes, but it didn’t seem to bother him after that. The nurse spread the word though and everyone asked about it (the anesthesiologist, the ophthalmologist, the other nurses). We assured everyone that he falls at home too, since he’s attempting to climb everything, but it was really nice that they were all so aware of him.
Owen got drops, we waited in pre-op for a bit and signed the papers, and he went back to surgery at a quarter to Nine. The anesthesiologist was wonderful with Owen. When he took him from me, he started talking to Owen about puppies and making doggie sounds. I don’t think Owen even noticed that we left! He was happy to be with the anesthesiologist.
We went to the waiting area and were there for about thirty minutes before our ophthalmologist came to talk to us.
And then we got GOOD NEWS- Owen’s existing tumor is still dead, dead, dead. He does have one small spot that might be a tumor forming, so our ophthalmologist wants to see him again in 3-4 weeks (just a few weeks sooner than normal) to check it again. He told us today that he does see heritable Rb kids that only get it in one eye (which would be amazing) and right now Owen’s vision is perfect, which is amazing. Basically Owen is doing as good as he could possibly be doing. We are in a good place. So we’ll schedule our next EUA, but for now all we have is good news.
We’re so happy with our new ophthalmologist. He checked in with us before he got his drops, while we were in pre-op, after surgery, and again in post-op. We were so impressed with him. He obviously cares about his patients and wants the parents to be comfortable. He treated Jacob when he was young so I already knew he would be good, but I’m even happier than I thought I’d be.