Miller actually had 2 tests today. They didn't tell us until this morning that he'd have an eye test, but he did. When mom arrived this afternoon his eyes were dilated and he was a little restless and cranky. His eye test was performed around 2:30. It was a test for ROP which stands for Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP occurs when abnormal blood vessels grow and spread throughout the retina, the tissue that lines the back of the eye. These abnormal blood vessels are fragile and can leak, scarring the retina and pulling it out of position. This causes a retinal detachment. Retinal detachment is the main cause of visual impairment and blindness in ROP). You can see a more detailed description of ROP & its causes and treatments here: http://www.nei.nih.gov/health/rop/index.asp#2 . Fortunately, Miller passed his test with flying colors. He will have another ROP test before he goes home which is standard procedure in the NICU.
He also had his MRI this afternoon around 5:30 pm. Apparently, he was a bit of a rascal so he ended up with a 2nd dose of the sedative, Chloral Hydrate. He did not need to be reintubated though, which is great. We should get the results from Dr. George sometime tomorrow (Saturday).
With all of the excitement, Miller was totally pooped. As a result, we did not kangaroo tonight so he could rest up. He should be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed tomorrow morning. We are hoping, praying, and crossing our fingers and toes that the results are positive.
We'll update the blog when we have our results. Hope you all have a nice weekend!
Danny & Stephanie