The eye surgeon who worked on Benjamin last week came by to see the results yesterday and had trouble seeing any improvement in his ROP. He is coming back on Friday and will likely try another type of treatment – this time injecting a drug primarily meant for cancer into his eye. The drug is Avastin and the whole thing is pretty experimental still – but early studies seem to be encouraging. (A word of warning – do not google “ROP and Avastin” – you will get a video that shows the injections being given and it is something you won’t be able to un-see).
Hopefully this treatment will work – plan C and D are much more invasive.
But there is (unrelated) good news!
- Amy got to feed Benjamin herself with a bottle yesterday and he took 14 ml! (Almost half his feeds)
- Ben is almost 100% off the heater and keeping his temperature up on his own.
- And …… drum-roll…… he is now over 4 pounds!