Well, the second opinion ended up echoing the first.  After reviewing the MRI scans and examining Henry, the Neurosurgeon doesn’t think that any of the cysts are operable at this time.  He wants us to get another series of MRIs taken in three months to monitor their size and any growth — particularly the one in Henry’s C-spine.  He also said that there must have been an injury to the brachial plexus nerves at birth because everything points to that as the cause of his non-functioning arm.  He agreed with the neurologist we saw in Spokane — there isn’t anything medically to be done about Henry’s arm.  Unless the Lord heals him, he will never regain the use of it.  Of course, we’re totally up for that and we’re praying that way! 

So that’s that.  I am actually relieved to be able to bring closure to the waiting and wondering.  Unanswered diagnostic questions are difficult to live with month after month.  My heart goes out to families who search for conclusive answers for years.  It’s a relief to be able to shut the door and move on.  I kind of feel like we’ve been frozen in a place of ever-searching and never-discovering. There is so much more to Henry than all this diagnostic rhetoric that he is completely oblivious to at his age anyway. He’s a fighter and a champ.  Nothing is going to hold him back — not a brain disorder, not a bum arm, NOTHING! 

I’m also looking forward to jumping back into some areas that have been set to the side during this season.  I’ve been so focused on the medical end of things… now I can jump back in and rekindle some thoughts and ideas that have just been waiting.   Maybe I’ll finally get to finish the zillion half-written posts that I’ve started over the last few months as well!

Anyway, thanks so much for the comments and the encouragement.  I know it doesn’t seem like much to write a couple of sentences, but really, it’s meant the world to me.  I feel like I’ve been able to process everything and I am grateful for the closure at this point.  I am continually blown away by the Lord’s goodness to us.  We don’t deserve any of it.  We brought Henry home really not knowing anything — and even though it’s been a bit of a ride… now we know.  We KNOW what’s going on and we know what the next steps are.  That’s a huge blessing. 

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