Sunday, June 1, 2008



To give an idea of what all the fuss is about, here's an image of a "normal" fetal brain (courtesy of google images) on the left and our unborn baby's brain on the right. All of the black area is where the spinal fluid has built up and pushed the cerebrum out to be just a thin ring around the outer edge of the brain. Normally, there would just be two small black areas of ventricles, so you can understand why the level is considered severe (and why we're praying for a miracle). It's amazing that our neurosurgeon has seen success in cases even as severe as this. Once the shunt is implanted to regulate the fluid, often the resilient fetal brain will "reconstitute." Also, you can't tell very well in this picture, but, thankfully, the other important parts of the brain (cerebellum, brain stem, etc) seem to be doing OK. ...Praying for a miracle! It will be cool to see how God works in/through our baby.

...Next Dr's visits are June 10th and 12th. On the 10th we'll have an ultrasound check-up in Muncie, and on the 12th we'll go to Dayton to meet with the perinatologist who will deliver the baby.

...At some point soon, we plan to post the name we have picked out, and why we chose it. (The big reveal!) That way we won't always have to type out "our unborn baby" every time we refer to him on this blog:)

Thanks for your continued interest and support!

6 comments:

tinana2200 said...

I love the picture of the three of you! Brody is getting so big, and you look beautiful :) I am excited to hear about the name. I will continue praying for you all. I can tell how God is working through you already by how you have handled this situation. I can see that He is in control and you are trusting in Him. Your strong and courageous faith is awesome!

Ryan and Heather said...

We are praying for a miracle, too! Thanks for the updates. I enjoy keeping up with your blog. The picture of you guys is adorable!

missy said...

Brody is such a doll! We're praying for the upcoming appointments. We're praying for this little miracle warrior dude!!!!! And we're praying for peace for you guys.

Steve and Stephanie Back said...

Hang in there guys! We will be praying for you.

Sarah said...

Kelly and I are praying lots for you all. Thanks for all the updates. We love you guys and we miss you! Wish we could be there in person for you through this time.

Michelle Martin said...

James and I have been keeping you in our prayers. :) Will be praying for your upcoming appointments. I can just feel how much peace God has given you guys. Stay strong and keep holding on to Him. We love you!