Tonight, Dave and I are giving THANKS. We are praising God that:
* The doctors continue to believe this is a "stand alone" case, and not associated with an underlying syndrome.
* That our prayer was answered that the scans were clear and the diagnoses was definitive.
* That the other two "sutures" (think: joints) in Tucker's skull are open. (His soft spots are not.) This is great news, as the growing brain has somewhere to go and is not pushing on a rock hard skull. This greatly (greatly, greatly) lowers the risk of inter-cranial pressure, seizure, hearing loss, etc.
* We give THANKS that our pediatrician caught this at our "well baby" appointment. It is quite rare, but she was on top of it. The doctor today said between 3-6 months is optimal time for surgery as the baby is old enough to handle anesthesia, has a lowered risk of blood loss, and yet the skull bones are still malleable. We are so glad we caught this in this window, and we will likely have surgery pretty close to that six month mark.
* And I say again, that we have Children's Hospital literally down the street, who actually does this procedure... regularly. The pediatric neurosurgeon/pediatric cranial facial surgeon combo is apparently fairly rare.
* We are so thankful for health insurance.
* That we are surrounded by our incredible family, friends, church and small group. We can't say enough how glad we are that we don't walk this road alone!
* For Dr. Treves. He is our neurosurgeon and he has been nothing but confident, calm and otherwise wonderful. I thanked him tonight for calling me after-hours, personally, and he said that he is a dad and he knows what it's like to wait on information about your kids. Dave and I both feel a real peace that he is the right guy for Tucker.
* For the power of prayer. It is a humbling experience, but we feel your prayers. We have peace and joy. (We might be in denial and shock still, but we'll cross that bridge later :)
* That Tucker appears to be otherwise very healthy. It is hard to be too upset about this when we know that there are Mom's and Dad's out there who got much worse news than us today. At this time, we believe Tucker's condition is 100% correctable with a prognosis of being a healthy, "normal" kid. We know that many Mom's and Dad's would give anything to have one surgery, even one major surgery, "correct" their child.
In addition to your continued prayers, I do have one request. We would like to meet another family who has an infant who has been treated for Craniosynostosis at Omaha's Children's Hospital with this surgical team. It would be really helpful to talk with another Mom and Dad, to learn more about the procedure, recovery, what type of help we should line up, what to expect post-op, etc. I know that the doctors can help us with this... a lot... but I think another family who has recently gone through it would be a big help, too. If you know of someone, would you send them our way? My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, here are a few adorable pictures from the last few days around our house:
|This is Dekker reading a book to Tucker, who is in the bouncy seat.|
|Enjoying this gorgeous weather!|
On the journey,