Yesterday, Baby woke up with a tad swell on her left upper eye lid AGAIN! This left eye was swollen about a month ago. I had diligently applied hot water compress on that eye for about 3 weeks and the swelling was gone. A week ago, I decided to stop the hot water compress just to see if the swell will re-appear. True enough, the swell re-appeared!! I guess I just have to be extra diligent in applying the hot water compress on Baby’s eyes twice a day during her bath time for the next few months or perhaps years!! This Baby of mine seems to have too many health issues, SIGH…….
After applying hot compress on Baby’s swollen left eye for more than a week, the swelling had subsided. The ophthalmologist had advised us that I should apply hot compress on both Baby’s eyes to prevent occurrence of eye chalazion as she has a high tendency of getting this eye condition. All I did was to soak a clean hanky with hot water during bath time and apply it on Baby’s eyes twice a day, 2 minutes each time. I guess I have to incorporate this tedious regimen into Baby’s bath time for the next few years, sigh!
Remember I posted earlier that Baby’s other eye was swollen and the ophthalmologist said that one of the oil glands is blocked? He prescribed her with some eye drops but after more than 2 weeks, it still looks a tad swollen. I am worried that the eye drops alone will not bring the swelling down. I am worried sick that she may need another eye chalazion surgery!!! Oh no, oh God, please spare Baby from another surgery. If the swelling does not subside by next week, off she’ll go to the ophthalmologist again next week. Please Lord, please spare Baby from another surgery!!
Baby has another eye chalazion after an eye chalazion surgery about 2 months ago. Lightning does strike on the same place twice!! This time it’s on her left upper eyelid. 2 months ago, she had it on her right lower eyelid. A chalazion is a lump in the eyelid caused by a blocked oil gland. Some kids are just very prone to getting chalazion. Our ophthalmologist was one kid who had 4 chalazion surgeries from age 3 through 10!
This time, I didn’t want to take any chances. At the first symptom of a slight swell on the eyelid, we brought her to see the ophthalmologist at ISEC, who confirmed that one of the oil glands is blocked. He told us that there is very good chance that the swelling will resolve after some Vigamox eye drops.
This Baby of mine is really problematic. Her health issues never seem to come to an end, sigh….
This is Baby about 5 hours after her Chalazion eye surgery on Thursday. She recovered pretty well this time – no vomiting and no post-op grogginess. She slept for about 2 hours after the surgery coz that was her usual nap time and she had woken up very early that day to get ready to go to the eye centre. She wasn’t crabby and wasn’t in pain either. Thank God for that!
When she got back from the eye centre after the surgery, she was already back to her usual self – jumping and climbing like a monkey, crawling under the table and driving me up the wall. But that’s ok. I thank God that He had brought Baby back to me safely for the 3rd time. Yes, this is her 3rd surgery in less than a year.
My hubs and I almost choked on the surgery bill on Thursday. The Chalazion surgery, which is a very minor surgery only took 5 minutes. The ophthalmologist removed a lot of pus and other jelly-like liquid from under Baby’s eyelid. Though the surgery was minor and short, it was a choking, whopping close to RM2k bill!!
This is Baby, minutes after the Chalazion surgery. I thank God that Baby did not complain of any pain after the surgery. No oral antibiotics were prescribed, only an eye drop for the eye, which has to be dropped onto the eye 4x a day for a week. The bandaged was removed before she was discharged from daycare at the eye specialist centre. No bandage was needed thereafter, though there was a little watery blood oozing out from under the eye where the incision was made.
This is Baby about 2 hours post surgery yesterday. In this picture, she was pointing to daddy’s Big Mac bun. On normal days, she would push the rather bland sesame bun away but yesterday, she was really famished! She just stuffed the bun into her mouth and with the bun still in her mouth, she was asking for more. However, she did not appear thirsty though. I had expected her to chug down a gallon of water when she could finally drink but I was wrong. She only wanted my milkie. My helper and I had to force her drink lots of fluids. I was also worried that the lack of fluids in her body will pave way for the pesky bacteria to wreck havoc in her urinary system again. Sigh…. this child of mine has so many health issues!
Remember my earlier post on the swollen bump under Baby’s right eyelid? It has turned bigger plus it looks like there is pus inside the boil / stye. Yesterday we brought Baby to our regular paed and he has referred us to an ophthalmologist. He told us that a minor surgery may be required to remove the pus inside the boil like stye.
We had just returned from our appointment with the ophthalmologist at ISEC. He did an eye examination on Baby and told us that she has a condition called Chalazion. A chalazion is a lump of the lid that is caused by obstruction of an oil gland within the upper or lower eyelid. This lump may increase in size over days to weeks and may occasionally become red, warm, or painful.
The gland involved in the formation of a chalazion is a modified oil gland that lies within the eyelid. There are about 40 of these glands within each of the upper and lower lids. These glands secrete oil into the tears. When one of these glands becomes blocked, it can increase in size and cause a visible lump.
So the treatment is that Baby has to undergo a minor operation and we were actually prepared / expected to hear that from the doctor. It is going to be a very minor operation which lasts about 5 minutes. However, it sounds major as Baby has to be given GA (gas) and completed knocked out. This will be Baby’s third surgery in a year! Poor baby! Though we were told that there would be very little pain after the operation, I am still worried. My poor baby… and poor me for I have to relive the nightmare of putting Baby on the OT table again for the 3rd time! Please pray that all will go well tomorrow morning without any complication. And please pray that this time our insurer will reimburse us this bill. Our insurer did not reimburse our claims totaling to almost RM60k incurred during Baby’s surgeries last year. It’s going to cost us a whopping RM1k++ for this eye surgery this time!