Monday, October 06, 2008

All's Well

We are home from Cara's MRI and she is back to her normal self--playing and eating. In fact, she woke from the anesthesia very quickly and just as quickly consumed two bananas and two packages of animal cookies. She was starving, having gone without anything but apple juice since 9pm last night!

The follow-up with neurosurgery went well also. We saw one of our favorite nurse practitioners, Jenn, and she reset Cara's shunt setting. It went from 1.0 to 2.5 due to the magnetism of the MRI machine! That's going from having her value open quite a bit to having it almost all the way closed. Heck, when I was in the room while Cara was going under sedation, the machine grabbed onto the medal in my ID tag and tried to strangle me! What really amazed me was that Jenn could both check her shunt setting and adjust it without even having to touch her shunt! The wonders of modern medicine.

We also learned that Cara's head circumference has decreased in size to 51cm and we're down to the 98% from over 100% prior to the shunt...very good news! Jenn also said that her ventricles looked good, both have decreased in size since her last MRI in July of last year. All is well, shunt-wise. We will continue to count our blessing for every day that goes by without a malfunction with her shunt.

We will hear from neurology tomorrow as to what the radiologist confirmed from the scan. Watch for another update soon.


Judy said...

It sounds very good so far! Glad she handled the day well.

Lyla said...

I'm glad the day went smoothly! Well, aside from the machine trying to strangle you.

Anonymous said...

Great news Laura!

Anonymous said...

Cos-Great news. I'm glad all is well. I am having a heck of a time right now and could really use someone to chat with but I'm at work. Miss ya.

Kendra Lynn said...

Glad to hear all went well. Cara is a brave little girl! And you are a brave Mommy...will keep you all in my prayers.


Mary said...

When I saw the caption of your latest blog report on Cara - "All is Well" it put a smile on my face. I'm happy things went so well.


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