We are finally home from Tyler and Ash is doing great. She had no complications with the procedure and has done so well this afternoon. It took a while to get going this morning, but once they had her the procedure was over in about 30 minutes. Her eye is red of course and the lids are a little bruised, but from what I can tell she looks great. I think her left eye is finally straight. I am so excited for her! She hasn't opened them enough for me to get a picture yet, but I wanted to share with you how her eyes have looked in the past. The first picture is before either eye was worked on. This next picture shows what her eyes looked like after the first procedure . Her right eye looked fabulous, but her left eye still needed some work. The surgeon was only able to work on so many muscles at one time because of the risk of bleeding too much. We needed to wait for six months before finishing her left eye. We were called to transplant and one thing after another took place with Ash's health so her eyes were forced to the bottom of the list. I will never forget the first transplant surgeon we met last August. The very first words out of his mouth were this, "You sure are a funny looking thing. Somebody needs to have those eyes worked on for you." Needless to say he wasn't my favorite person . I had the urge to hit him, but thankfully I did not. Over the course of the next 6 months I learned to respect him and I can honestly say that I like him very much, but it didn't happen overnight.
Today went better than I could have asked for. The team of people were fabulous and they did an amazing job with Ashley. I can't thank them enough for taking such good care of her. Underneath Ashely's clothes there are lots of things that can be intimidating and sometimes nurses are afraid of her. Today God blessed us with very careful, compassionate, kind, and concerned care takers and it gave me such reassurance. It is never easy to watch them take her through those doors, but we made it through another round and I can't wait to post a picture of her new look. She is pretty fussy and a little uncomfortable, but overall I think she is doing great.
Thank you so much for praying for our little pickle today. It means so very much. Take care. Trish
P.S. I have NO idea why this post is black and orange. I am working on a new computer and I can't figure anything out. Oh, well.