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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Welcome to our Blog!!

Welcome to our family blog. We have decided to move to a blog and shut down the boys website. I basically stopped updating the boys website a year ago so now we are going to see if I can stay on top of a blog. We shall see! ;-)

The boys are both doing pretty good. They started a day of preschool in September and have really loved it!! They have the sweetest teachers and they love to play outside when the weather is nice and love to do art projects. Preschool has really helped with their verbal skills. Luke is a little jabberer now and Preston has started to consistently say a good amount of words, too. We had a great Christmas and we were really so happy to have not spent any time in the hospital in 2009 (besides day patient feeding therapy, but we don't count that).

Preston has had some new issues that have come about with his head. At Preston's 1 year follow-up appointment, in November, much to our surprise, his craniofacial surgeon was not pleased with the growth/shape of his head or the size (on the large side). Preston's head has not responded to the cranial vault remodeling surgery in the expected way for a child that had 1 fused metopic suture. His skull has not gone back to the shape it was with the fused suture he had when he was born, but actually it is growing somewhat irregularly in a new way. Which, from what we can ascertain, is not very typical. So his doctors were in a wait and see mode, mostly thinking that within the next 3 years he would likely need another surgery. They weren't really thinking about doing anything at the moment unless we saw a plateau in his development or any new problems arose.

After much discussion amongst Randy and I and his other doctors, we asked Preston's craniofacial surgeon - the main doctor following this issue - to order an MRI because we felt uncomfortable with waiting and seeing. His cranio dr is a wonderful doctor and ordered it without question. That was done in January. They did find something a little concerning with his MRI. His ventricles are smaller than they were before his surgery in '08. This can be a sign of pressure on Preston's brain. His craniofacial surgeon consulted with his neurosurgeon and they decided that he needed to have an intraventricular catheter placed for 24 hours to monitor the pressure on his brain.

This is called intracranial pressure monitoring (ICP). His neurosurgeon makes a small hole in Preston's skull while he is under general anesthesia and they thread a small catheter down into his brain. It stays there for 24 to 36 hours while a monitor records pressure readings. He is awake and trying to have as "normal" a day as possible, in the hospital, so that we can get accurate readings. This surgery was done on February 1st, but unfortunately the catheter broke after 3 hours. The 3 hours recorded were within normal limits, but his doctors really want to see what the readings are while he is sleeping (which is the most concerning time) so we are having to repeat this surgery/monitoring on March 8th.

That pretty much gets us caught up. We were pretty upset that Preston was put through a surgery that didn't really give us much information, but we are both thankful that he is a tough little guy and we know that God will watch over him again in March. It is hard to understand a lot of things that life brings, but we try our best to always have faith that God is using all things to make us all stronger and we truly strive to be thankful for all the we do have. Every time we go to the pre-op appts for Preston's surgeries we see other children who have much more severe craniofacial disorders than Preston and it is really so moving. You can't help but feel grateful that it is not so much worse.

Well that's all I have for right now. I will try to stay updated and post pictures more regularly! Have a great weekend and the next time I post I won't be posting as a 30 year old - I'll be a 30 something (my b-day is Sat) - crazy!!


  1. Welcome to the world of blogging!!! This is a great way to get to keep up with y'all. I will keep the family in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Happy almost birthday! I hope you keep up with the blog - your little guys are precious, and I'd love to keep up with them. Besides, blogging can be fairly therapeutic - I enjoy keeping ours up. We should get our sets together to play sometime. :)

  3. Going in my favorites! Will keep March 8 in prayers. ...and Jenn tolerating the 30-somethings ; )


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