Arm and Eyes Not Healing

I took Ryan out today for some follow-up exams. Our first stop was at the Eye Doctor, followed by a trip across the street to the Imaging Center. Neither results were good.

Ryan’s cornea are scarring because he doesn’t often blink completely. The dryness creates friction when he partially blinks and does not coat the eye in fluid. The examination revealed his left eye is doing fine, but the right has abrasions. If it continues it will eventually cause the cornea to tear. Still, the condition has not worsened so stitching the eye closed was not recommended.

Our approach consisted of the following: 1) block the duct that drains fluid from the eyes (this will only help a small bit), 2) begin another antibiotic for 14 days, 3) continue wearing goggles, 4) continue putting lubricating ointment in his eyes six times a day, and 5) try to tape his eyes closed at night while being careful not to cause more trauma.

Ambulance transport then took him to get an x-Ray. His forearm hasn’t healed at all. It might actually look worse! I had them send the films to Dr. Rodriguez for his review. Our next step will possibly consist of either using a bone stimulator and/or having the bone screwed together.

A rough day, in more ways than one.


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18 Responses to Arm and Eyes Not Healing

  1. Dianne Vagnozzi Holecek says:

    I’m so sory you’re having these challenges today. Remember that we’re all here for Ryan and you and we’ll continue to pray. SHSP … AP.

  2. Will says:

    I sorry. I am not sure what to say. My prayers will continue.

  3. Anna says:

    Thanks Jonathan May and Austin Vantrease, another land mine from your debris field for the Diviney family to have to endure!

  4. Mike says:

    I’m sorry to hear the news, Ken. The best thing you can do is address the problem and find the solution, which you are obviously doing.

    Keep up the great work, we are here in your corner.

    With love,

  5. Sam Durham says:

    Ken, this was posted by one of my new friends here on your other post. Did you want me to get you any more information on the eye bubbles? I can get hold of her if you need it:

    Andrea LaVigne says:
    February 13, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    My Thomas gets celluvisc eye drops every 1/2 hour while awake and duolube at bedtime and eye bubbles applied then (eye bubbles are clear and seal around each eye individually to capture moisture). He also has both tear ducts cauterized to prevent any tears/drops from draining right away. Thomas has had his eye sewn shut twice to act as the bandaid to heal. I refused to allow permanent stitching. The last time that he had an abrasion, we used the eye bubble 24 hours a day with two antibiotics and it did heal without stitching. Good luck.

  6. Paula Yocom says:

    Oh Ken — I am so sorry. I went through this with my youngest son — for some reason, his bone would not heal — at one point, they thought he might need surgery. He had a cast on for a long time. The X ray showed the forearm might actually look worse? Did the doctor give you any idea what might be causing this? Geez, talk about having the carpet pulled out from under your feet. So, it’s going to take a while longer for Ryan’s arm to heal, which I know must make his physical therapy just that much more challenging. Ken, you are doing a wonderful job with Ryan. Any news on the MRI and possibly doing it at Loudoun?

  7. Maureen says:

    Just one little small increment at a time…whatever length of increment that allows everyone to breath & live in the moment. Pray to fill your fears with faith and any underlying doubt with continued & restored belief. I believe that all of us will pass over into & onto different plains in the universe; needless to say w/out our bodies. Our journey’s shall be far from over when life as we know it here on earth has ended. There must be more…I am seeking…I am listening…I am learning…I believe 🙂
    Please keep our hearts from falling empty & let thy will be done. I love all of you 🙂

  8. Rita says:

    We are so, so sorry the news you received today wasn’t more encouraging. We pray these are only minor setbacks and not insurmountable so you can help Ryan continue moving forward. You still “got this”. Hugs and prayers always ❤

  9. Michelle Miltz says:

    I am sorry to hear about the arm and eyes. There are many challenges to overcome here, but you are not alone. There are so many people out there thinking of you, hoping, and praying each day that God help you through these difficult situations. Even those who may not write it are saying prayers for you each day and thinking of Ryan.
    I sometimes wish the two boys who are responsible for Ryan’s injuries could be given the task of caring for Ryan for several weeks. Somehow I feel that their misguided judgement might be corrected, and at the two of them would at least achieve some insight into their actions………….maybe if they only read your blog……………….

    I feel so much for your family. All the best with the situation with Ryan’s arm. I hope that he doesn’t need surgery.

  10. Jo Hobbs says:

    So sorry to hear this, Ken. I agree on the subject of the eye bubble and punctal plugs are a better idea than laser, because plugs can be removed later; I don’t know if laser can be reversed if needed. The artificial tears (Systane, and others) must be administered 4-6 times a day, but I am sure you know that. Praying and still here.
    Thank you for the update. You know, Ken, we want to hear every thing every day!

  11. Carla Liberty says:

    Oh Ken,

    I just thought of something….do you think if Ryan’s arm hasn’t healed that that could be the reason for his high fevers that day? Maybe he was in a lot of pain from the arm not healing and it caused his temp to rise. (I’ve been told our temperatures can rise from pain).

    I’m so sorry to hear this news. Sending love and hugs to all the Divineys.



  12. Gail Doyle says:

    Dear Ken, I am so sorry to hear this news…. It never ends does it . All I can say is everyone is still here and praying very hard for Ryan to heal….Wishing we could take some of these burdens from you ,but as that seems impossible,we’re here for you and know all are pulling for you and Ryan. Don’t know what to say Ken …but stay strong and may God bless you and give you the strength you need ~. Gail

  13. Diana Wiger says:

    Ken, I’m so sorry to hear that today was a rough one. Please give Ryan a hug for us! John and I follow your updates every day and continue to lift you all up in prayer. You are an amazing father and Sue is an amazing mother. (By the way, we loved Sue’s message a few days ago.) Ryan is so blessed to have you!

  14. So sorry to hear about Ryan’s appointments today. Know that we are still here.

  15. The Colangelis says:

    Sorry to hear Ryan’s arm has not healed. You are in our thoughts and prayers and you are doing a very good job for your son.

  16. Sheila York says:

    Still here. Still praying.

  17. sally ellis says:

    Ok, a bit of a set back, now you know what you are dealing with and I’m sure like always you will deal with it. I’m sorry it wasn’t better news and believe me when I say we feel your pain and disappointment. You have made such great desisions concerning Ryan’s care and this will be no exception. Hang in there guys, we are still here in full force.

  18. Keith says:

    So Sorry to hear that the appts didnt go so great! Ryan will continue to be in My Prayers each and Everyday! May God Bless and The next trip to those Doctors things will go better!

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