Monday, September 8, 2008

Wyatt Update

We haven't had one of these in a long while, which is a good thing. That means we haven't been to see any specialists. Overall, he's doing exceptionally well. Through the state's early intervention program we are working with a speech therapist, a physical therapist, and a developmental specialist. Thankfully, they all come to our home for his therapy sessions so we really haven't had to travel for medical care in months. He is not walking just yet, but is beginning to take a few independent steps. Now that we have one walker we are anxious to get the other one walking.

Wyatt and I traveled five hours round trip today to the big city to see the Pediatric Opthalmologist. You may (or may not) remember that Wyatt was diagnosed with Duane Syndrome, a congenital eye movement disorder, when he was 7 months old. Wyatt's left eye does not move laterally, or to the outside at all. This causes his right eye to cross when he looks to the left too quickly. He then compensates by turning his entire head so he can see clearly. There are varying degrees of severity and since it is a 'syndrome' there are other symptoms that can occur with it, some of which are very disturbing.

We received a very good report today. Wyatt has 20/20 vision, which I have no idea how they know that on a 15-month old, but I couldn't be happier. He will have enough visual challenges with Duane's. I would hate for him to have to contend with poor vision as well. His eye structure is perfect and the physician felt that his symptoms would not progress or worsen over time. Additionally, he is not a good surgical candidate which is a good thing because there is no real good surgery for Duane's. Basically, he got the best report he could have gotten for the condition he has. We are very excited!

4 comments:

Matt and Amy Snow said...

Praise God! That is very exciting news! I remember how tough it is when one walks and the other didn't (Foster waited 4 months after Clark to walk independently--and I think part of that is just his little personality. He still asks his brother to help him with his juice box/open packages/etc :) )Why walk when someone else can do it for you while you snuggle them---maybe he's on to something :-)
A

Patti and Audrey said...

What sweet little boys you have. I just love family/mom blogs, and yours is too cute!

Lori said...

Whoo hoooo! That is GREAT!!! I am so glad to hear he is doing so well! Keep the faith...as we can see it has followed thru so far! :)

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