Friday, June 12, 2009

Bloody Tears of Joy!

Anna had her tear duct probing procedure this morning.

Anna's tear ducts in her right eye were blocked which caused her right eye to be all gunky when she woke up, and then watery the rest of the day. We learned at her last Pediatric Ophthamologist appointment that the probability of the blocked duct clearing on its own after 1-yr. of age significantly decreases. So, a minor surgical procedure is recommended.

Anna and I (Daddy stayed home with Charlie and Paige -- it was Charlie's last day of pre-school) arrived at the hospital just after 7 am. After a small mountain of paperwork, we were finally registered. Here is a picture of Anna in the waiting room before heading back.

Anna was quite chipper most of the morning. She was the model patient, and she had the nurses eating out of her hands.

They let me carry Anna into the OR and stay with her until she was asleep. If anyone has ever been with their child as they are being put under, then you know what I mean when I say that it is the freakiest feeling/sight ever. I was holding Anna as they put the mask on her. She fussed and fought a few seconds, and then just went limp in my arms. I knew she was ok, but it still freaked me out a little.

The whole procedure was very quick. I don't think I was out in the waiting room more than 30 minutes before the nurse came to get me because Anna was awake. I was so excited to hear my baby crying because that meant she was ok!

She recovered quite quickly. I held her for a few minutes and in no time she was back to smiling and babbling away. She ate a few Kix and Gerber Puffs, and she drank some sugar water, and we were on our way home.

All in all, it was a fairly painless endeavor (at least on my part). Anna is home now. About the only lingering effect that remains is her bloody tears, a la Casino Royale. But, the doctor said this was normal and should stop within a day or two. We have a follow-up appointment in a couple of weeks to verify that the procedure worked (85% chance).

We thank everyone for their prayers and well-wishes for Anna. We praise the Lord that Anna is so healthy and that this is the most signifcant procedure that she has had to endure. I know of many other children, with Ds and without, who have to undergo much more serious operations and procedures before they are even a year old. I admire those parents who handle such adversity with so much poise and grace.


  1. Baby Anna is a trooper! We love her.

  2. Good job, Anna! Oh my goodness, those bloody tears are a sight to behold. I'm hoping that little side effect has cleared by now! :)