In November 2018, Caitlyn was complaining of a burning sensation in her eyes. After taking her to a local walk in center, we were told she had Viral Pink Eye and that she should be better with in 10 days. Day 10 came and things had only gotten worse. Her regular Pediatrician sent us immediately to an Ophthalmologist. After a couple of hours of testing, we were given the news of her diagnosis. Bilateral Anterior Uveitis.
It always seemed like a rush. A rush to see the next doctor. So we left there and traveled to the next doctor an hour away. She was able to treat Caitlyn but never knew where the road of treatment would lead us. After dilating her eyes twice a day, steroid drops every hour, anti inflammatory medication and low dose chemo therapy shots, we found some relief for her.
It took months of doctor visits, hours of car rides and many prescriptions before we found something that keeps her eyes quiet.
During all of this we have been taught by this sweet nine year old what strength, courage and determination truly is. One day the question came. "Mommy what happens if other children have Uveitits and don't have insurance?". This question has lead our family into many life learning discussions.
In April of 2019, Legislator Rudolph Sunderman and County Executive Steve Bellone signed "Caitlyn's Law" into effect. Caitlyn's Law directs the Department of Heath to distribute information on eye health. It also designated the month of August as Children's Eye Health and Safety Awareness month.
Stay tuned. This little girl is doing big things!