So remember what I was saying about good news/bad news? Following the surgery yesterday the surgeon told us two things: 1. the right eye was better than he thought. 2. The left eye was worse than he thought.
He cleaned up what he was able to with the laser and will come back in a few days to check in on him and see how his eyes react. He strongly feels that Benjamin will need further treatment, especially on his left eye. This could be more laser surgery, cryotherapy (what I imagine in my mind to be a super villain freeze-ray… I mean I already imagine the laser treatment is administered with a laser cat), an injection of a cancer drug into his eye, or as a last resort – regular surgery.
The surgeon even mentioned that he may come out of this with eyesight only through his right eye and that “he’d be able to do everything any kid could.” What came to my mind immediately was “except seeing 3-d movies” (yes, we are back to the light and brave posts).
We, of course, are praying his eyes react well to the treatment and he has his papa’s vision, but we are also willing to accept “damaged, but working” vision. It seems the NICU and having a micro-preemie is an extended exercise in acceptance of what you are dealt and making the most of it.