Friday, November 05, 2010

Just a tiny wobble to the spinning plate of Anna's Uveitis . . . .

Another trip to see the pediatric ophthalmologist this afternoon. Worked out well (except for a REALLY long appointment because Anna needed her eyes dilated). Anna did not have school, so I rescheduled the appointment for today, instead of next week when Anna has an activity at school which she did not want to miss.

Anyway, he found a trace of cells in both eyes. Now I try to go in with no expectations (usually have plenty of other "stuff" of life to be thinking and praying about--Anna's issues--because they're usually rather mild compared to other kids with JA--are just one of those many spinning plates I mentioned in the last post). I was also figuring that five weeks of Pred Forte eye drops should zap out that little bit of inflammation from the last time (it has worked in the past). But no. That was not meant to be for now. I was just a little discouraged, especially when I heard that there were a few cells in the right eye, as well. That must have shown in my face, because the doctor (who usually does not like one bit of inflammation and is always eager to increase the biologics) said, "It's okay! She's doing fine, and we'll just keep doing what we're doing for now, and check back in six weeks." Now I do appreciate that, because I'm not eager to try one of the very few options we have left at this point, especially right before the holidays. The good news is that the pressures in both eyes are just fine--for that we can be thankful.

The not-so-good news is that the next appointment is just two days before Christmas. A few years ago, I made a mental note to never schedule an appointment in Hershey during the week before Christmas. I have to pass three major shopping areas along the way, and traffic is HORRIBLE. I found that out the hard way. But it could not be helped this time. We'll make the best of it.