March 2019

Wednesday March 27th, 2019 I saw my ophthalmologist in downtown Chicago.

In my vows to Justin I said that I would always make eye appointments fun by forcing us to get Stans Donuts. We stopped as I anticipated and I got a mango smoothie, he got an on tap cold brew, and we split a Bavarian cream chocolate dipped donut.

Justin sitting behind a table with a bag showing the Stan’s Donuts logo and two drinks.

Since Justin and I got married on March 9th, 2019 I knew that going into this eye doctor appointment meant I know could talk to Dr. G about the effects pregnancy would have on my body… but more importantly my eyes.

Thankfully I already knew that Pars Planitis wasn’t hereditary. But I wasn’t sure if I would be allowed to have babies since there is quite a bit of strain that a woman’s body goes throughout the pregnancy and birthing experience.

Mind you my doctor appointments in the city take hours. We arrived at 3:00 and we didn’t leave for home until 6:00! What I’m getting at is that I am so forgetful and of course when she left the room I went doooooh’ I needed to ask her about babies.

Graciously her fellow went and got her for me and we had a chat. To my surprise she said that I am 100% allowed to have a baby!! WAHOOOO!!!

But…. there are some catches.

She warned that during the first trimester my eye pressure will likely drop low. If you know anything about my eyes history I have been dealing with pressure spikes and drops like crazy the past two years. One minute my pressure is 32 the next its 5… healthy eye pressure is between 10-20 so given that I am still stable when a baby comes into the picture she will want to monitor my eye pressure very closely.

I currently take Alphagan (2x a day), Cosopt(2x a day), and Travatan(1x a day) which are all drops that help bring pressure to a stable place. So likely I’d probably see reduced drop usage in the first 3 months of pregnancy.

She reassured me that my pressure would stabilize during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters. So WAHOO #2!!!! No crazy worries towards the middle and end of pregnancy.

The biggest but comes in during delivery…

Dr. G said since I have a history of retinal hemorrhaging she suggests that they do laser treatments and cryotherapy to help negate the effects natural child birth can bring. So I guess if Justin and I ever want to have babies we will be paying for minor eye surgery as well… which I can’t say I’m surprised.

This image is what the back of your eye looks like. The white part on the left hand side of the screen is my optic nerve, the black spot on the right part of the screen is my fovea. The blood vessels running up and down from my optic nerve, shows a hemorrhage I had in September of 2017. You can see my blood vessel was actively bleeding.

In the end, Justin and I aren’t 100% certain about having babies yet. I’m sure as our marriage progresses we will begin discussing further, but for now we are happy just being married and loving on our beautiful puppy, Peanut!

Other than that my eyes are stable and things are quieting down. I’m always worried about my eyes still, I think that just comes with the territory. I try my best to not let it bring me down or cloud my life… for the most part it works! It especially helps when I see my dr and know that things are looking good.

I am scheduled to see her again in 3 months. One of my longer time spans between visits, means shes happy with my eyes.

Until then, this has been another eye update 🙂

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– Kaitlyn Ariel Corsiglia –

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