I do still update because we are learning that TBI is a lifelong process. So if you are still with us, here is the latest news...
Dave is doing so well! I will say it over and over again, he is a miracle!
He should of never lived, but he did. He should of never walked, but he does. He should of never talked, but he tells jokes on the daily. He should of never smiled again, but he laughs and smiles all the time. He is alive, well and still improving.
We have been on a 2.5 year eye journey and Dave will be getting his first eye surgery THIS Friday! The time has come after 6 different eye professionals (neuro-opthamologist, optometrist, retina specialist, etc.), and a ton of appointments, lots of waiting and praying, Friday will be the day.
Dave's eye injury is complex, detailed, and very unique. It is not acuity we are talking about here...it's perception. Visual perception is one of the top 3 visual changes that someone can experience after a brain injury.
I could write a whole entire blog on visual processing, but I will save that for later.
Back to the surgery. The surgeon will be basically aligning his right eye back to its normal alignment. Snipping a few tiny eye muscles and reconnecting them to get the eye to stay straight. This will allow the 'finger counting' peripheral vision that he does have, to become more functional. That is the goal of this surgery.
Here is where you all come in- Would you join us in prayer? Would you pray for Dave that the surgery has no side effects? That he doesn't get double vision after surgery. That there will be NO complications before, during or after surgery. More specifically, no more seizures. Please pray for Julie and myself. That we are given grace and peace as we wait for Dave to come out of surgery. Pray for healing- that Dave would experience an abundance of healing not only for his eyes, but also brain.