I remember having ideas once, about how parenting WOULD be. Of course, I didn’t plan on my daughter having Glaucoma. Elise was born with a cataract in her right eye, had a subsequent surgery to remove the lens in her eye (in an effort to save her vision) and then developed glaucoma. It’s been a wild ride, as anyone who knows us can attest. Pressures up, pressures down. On Tuesday Elise had laser surgery (her 4th surgery) to hopefully help keep her pressures down. We won’t know if it worked for a while yet, and in the meantime, Tim and I are trying every method we can think of to pin her down for the 12 eye drops per day that are required after surgery.
She’s still hiccuping with tears after all the hysterics. I just finished bribing her with a cookie, after trying everything else I could think of to convince her to let us do ONE DROP. Now imagine going through that 4 more times today. I’m just… I don’t know… wondering how this will all come out in the end. How will we get through this? My dad, who always has words of wisdom for almost all scenarios, simply sighed heavily and said, “Hang in there, honey. You just have to keep going on.”
So that’s what we’re doing. Just keeping on. Trying.I should note that we are really grateful for Elise’s amazing surgeons and all our friends & family that support us through this crazy time. Elise is a tough cookie, and has rebounded so well each time she’s had surgery, so I know she’ll be fine this time too. She’s recovering quickly and will soon be back to her cheery self.
On a happier note, a sneak peek of Portlandia’s parenting sketch! (Oh, man. This really speaks to me!)