Aria had her transplant in December and it went remarkably well. She healed slower than your average child would and we did have to use some systemic (rather than topical) treatments to help her heal but, for the most part, everything went off without a hitch. We continued our weekly trips to Pittsburgh (sometimes Akron if our PA physician was not available) and everything was going great.
|We learned her eye is the most beautiful shade of blue|
|There were some really rough days|
|...but other days Aria just smiled her famous crooked smile through it all...|
The hardest part about this is that we knew that with her new glasses she was seeing better than ever, was busier than ever, was more engaged than ever, and was happier than ever...but she couldn't open her eye most of the time.
|The world was a bit confusing at first...|
|...but then she decided she liked what she was seeing.|
The good news is that, with the systemic meds, the swelling is down in Aria's eye. She is wearing her glasses and is enjoying the world through one eye with a small field of vision. She is learning to see better every day. She is smiling at Kevin and me. She is beginning to reach for toys. She is staring at her surroundings and and being all "You guys. Why didn't anyone tell me these things existed before?" She's like an infant learning to see the world and watching that happen for a child who we were told by the Big Fancy Hospital was completely blind and nothing could be done about it has been equally awe inspiring and validating.
|For Aria, road trips are now all about seeing what's going on out the window.|
|...and when she sees Mommy or Daddy approach, she smiles so big that her eyes can't stay open...|
|...and even though she knows she looks FIERCE in her glasses...|
|...she still refuses to wear them at times. Just like a typical three-year-old.|