Wednesday, January 21, 2009

I can do all things through Christ...

Thank you for all of your sweet emails/calls... It has definitely been a whirlwind since receiving the news of York's medical condition. If you were not aware we went to the doctor for his 1 month check up when the pediatrician couldn't feel Yorks' soft spots well...She sent us for an xray. They confirmed Dr. Schroder's suspicion that York has a condition called Craniosynostosis. Craniosynostosis is a medical condition where some or all of the sutures in the skull of an infant or child close too early, causing problems with normal brain and skull growth. (This has been linked to premature births) This is a fairly common problem (1 in 2,000 births) and can be fixed with one surgery. We had a CT scan this morning and were told that York would be admitted because they would have to put him under for the scan. Fortunately the doctor noticed that York was sound asleep and they attempted the scan without anesthesia! He was able to stay still for the entire scan and we were discharged within the hour. (I am so glad we didn't have ANOTHER hospital stay) Our pediatrician will call us with the results within the week. (We are hoping to hear that the sutures have NOT closed completely.) After they assess his situation we will meet with the pediatric neurosurgeon, plastic surgeon, and pediatrician on March 8th. They will not perform surgery until he is at least 4 months old. He is in NO danger at this point because the brain isn't big enough to allow pressure from the skull. The surgery can be between 3 - 7 hours depending on the severity. The hospital stay is around 4 days. After recovery he can return to being a normal rambunctious little boy. This will not cause any problems cognitively. The pediatrician said that it will not effect IQ or anything... it is purely "cosmetic". We will know more in the coming weeks and I will be in touch! We are in good spirits and know that God will take care of us. We have wonderful family and friends that surround us and shower us with prayers and encouragement. Wes and I are thankful for this little miracle and know that this small hurdle will only make us a stronger family and more grateful for the amazing gift of life. Thanks for your thoughts, prayers, and LOVE!
Evan, Wes, and York

"I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me" Philippians 4:13


Margaret said...

Evan, Dru and I will certainly keep York and you and Wes in our prayers! He is such a strong little boy! Not to mention absolutley BEAUTIFUL!! And by the way, your dog is pretty darn cute too! I have always wanted one!

The Howell's said...

We will keep your family in our prayers. Everything will be ok, it is in God's hands. Oh, and Happy Birthday tomorrow!