I see clearly now.. because I graduated!

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So let me first start off by saying that God is so so good! We can’t believe what has truly happened to baby girl, and all the healing that has taken place.

If you don’t remember my first post, explaining her Retinopathy of prematurity, this post should  help you understand it a little bit more.

We have brought baby girl to our church for them to lay their hands on her, to pray over her healing, all throughout her body, and to restore her body from within.  God just keeps blessing her with all the little things, that are going to make such a big impact on her, as she grows.

It’s amazing.  And we will have to follow up with her eye doctor in 1 year, and from there, they will test her eyesight and see where we go from there!

Thank you for all the great prayers, and the goodness from the Lord! Hopefully her vision will continue to get better, over time! 🙂

After 5 doctor visits, SHE HAS GRADUATED!! (below is a picture of her eyes and the results from the zones and stages)

 

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©2016 Sheridan Johnson @Journey with the Johnsons. All Rights Reserved.

I can see clearly now..well at least better

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When baby girl was born, she had to be put on the ventilator to be able to breathe and sustain life.  Eventually, as her lungs matured, they weaned (decreased)  her off the ventilator and on to high flow oxygen (CPAP).  Since she was only born at 24 weeks gestation and only 1 pound 3 oz., they had to give her lungs a lot of oxygen (help) to be able to function properly. They were able to eventually put her on regular nasal cannula and able to completely wean her off the oxygen 2 weeks before discharging home.

When a baby is given too much of anything, it can be bad.. and that was the case for baby girl.  She was on oxygen for too long, causing damage to the vessels of her eye.  Here is a textbook definition of her diagnosis:

Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is a potentially blinding disease caused by abnormal development of retinal blood vessels in premature infants. The retina is the inner layer of the eye that receives light and turns it into visual messages that are sent to the brain.

Basically, she could have been blind.  There are five different stages in which the doctor is able to determine if her eyes are getting better or worse at each visit and draws a picture for us.  Here is a description of the five stages:

Stage I — Mildly abnormal blood vessel growth. Many children who develop stage I improve with no treatment and eventually develop normal vision. The disease resolves on its own without further progression.

Stage II — Moderately abnormal blood vessel growth. Many children who develop stage II improve with no treatment and eventually develop normal vision. The disease resolves on its own without further progression.

Stage III — Severely abnormal blood vessel growth. The abnormal blood vessels grow toward the center of the eye instead of following their normal growth pattern along the surface of the retina. Some infants who develop stage III improve with no treatment and eventually develop normal vision. However, when infants have a certain degree of Stage III and “plus disease” develops, treatment is considered. “Plus disease” means that the blood vessels of the retina have become enlarged and twisted, indicating a worsening of the disease. Treatment at this point has a good chance of preventing retinal detachment.

Stage IV — Partially detached retina. Traction from the scar produced by bleeding, abnormal vessels pulls the retina away from the wall of the eye.

Stage V — Completely detached retina and the end stage of the disease. If the eye is left alone at this stage, the baby can have severe visual impairment and even blindness.

Baby girl had stage 3 when we took her home from the NICU. They were VERY concerned about her and wanted to make sure we did NOT miss her first follow-up appointment, because she was only 2 stages away from having her retina detach, causing blindness in both eyes.

We prayed, and prayed and prayed more over baby girl.  Even our pastor prayed over her for complete healing in her body.  God is so good (even in the bad times), because let me tell you at the first follow up appointment from being released, the Ophthalmologist thought he was looking at a different baby.  He called her a “miracle” and how her eyes have gotten so much better, so fast!

Let me show you a little of what we were looking at in the beginning from her first appointment from when she was first born, to now.  Her eyes are not completely healed, but we are getting so close and know it’s in her future!

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She left the hospital at Stage 3, zone 2
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2nd appointment Stage 1 zone 3 (getting better!)
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Same result at 3rd appt. no major changes

All  I can say is, wow! She is doing amazing and she is able to follow without straining of any vessels and she really works hard to listen to everything going on around her!

**Please say a little prayer for complete healing of her eyes, and the damage that was done due to being so premature, to be gone and have no lasting effect!**

©2016 Sheridan Johnson @Journey with the Johnsons. All Rights Reserved.

 

High Five Friday!!

This is seriously one of my favorite days! I LOVE when I have the weekend off, and as a nurse that works two part-time jobs, this is such a rare occasion, but this happens to be my first weekend in 5 weeks that I have a full weekend off! HOORAY!

Today I decided to share some of my five favorite simple beauty tips I use everyday (ok, everyday I work) ;).  Ever since I have gotten my hair cut, I just feel like make-up just makes my entire look change and it works really well with my hair.

My eyeshadow.  I was gifted this satin gold bare minerals eyeshadow from my best friend and I love it! It gives my eyes just the right amount of pop, without being too bold. It has lasted me over 8 months and all you have to use is just a tiny bit.

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My eyeliner.  After searching for the perfect eyeliner, I settled on the Maybelline Line Stiletto liquid eyeliner.  It is amazing! It lasts for 12+ hour work shifts and doesn’t smear at all! I have loved it ever since the day I got it, and it does complete the look!

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Mascara.  This is something that I could do without, but come on, who doesn’t want longer, bolder, thicker lashes? I love this Maybelline lash sensational.  It’s amazing and doesn’t clump like other ones that I have used.  It keeps my lashes looking soft and bold all day! 🙂

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Foundation.  I like to use a foundation base under the powder, but at the end of the work day, it gets way too thick (or at least feels like that).  I am currently using covergirl tru blend minerals medium and I love it! It has a shimmer to it, and I love any aspect of glitter, so this is perfect! It stays on all day, without getting thick and it covers my tiny blemishes that I have and evens the skin tone.

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Lip Gloss.  Anyone who knows me, knows that I LOVE a good lip gloss! My current favorite is Artisty, Glitz.  My friend sells artistry and they use all natural products and they are affordable and last a LONG time! It gives just the right amount of pink color without being too bold and matches pretty much anything!

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I would highly recommend all of these products! Happy Friday!! 🙂