Anna's left eye, this past Monday, was at a 2+ flare again. Two weeks ago it was down to trace cells. Sigh. Last time we had a flare like this (a month ago), her vision was still 20/20 in that eye. This time, the inflammation was affecting her vision in the left eye---mostly blurry. (We are SO thankful that the right eye remains clear of inflammation!) So we increased the number of daily Pred Forte eye drops, and increased her Remicade dose from 12 mg/kg to 15 mg/kg. There's still room to increase the Remicade again if we absolutely have to. It worked out on Monday that Anna was able to get the increased dose that afternoon. She had already been scheduled for an infusion, and her appointment with the ophthalmologist was two hours before the infusion. A flurry of phone calls and confirming with the infusion room nurse took care of everything.
We go to see the retina specialist next week, and Anna will need an OCT (picture of the back of the inside of the eye) to see if the macular edema has returned. All of this in the midst of finishing up projects and studying for the final exams of high school, and "senior meetings" leading up to high school graduation. We do our best to run this race with perseverance--fixing our eyes on Jesus and the joy that is to come.
One thing I wanted to share with all of you . . . . you hear my thoughts in every blog post, but you don't always hear Anna's perspective (her source of strength and her faith). I was designing her graduation announcements this evening, and there's a place for some text on the back of the card. I asked Anna what she wanted there, and she gave me a verse from the Bible. This is Anna's perspective on her life and journey: