Saturday, November 6, 2010

Unexpected Circumstances...

We've had an exhausting week.  Back in September, Luke collided with another little boy in PE causing him to fall and hit his head on the gym floor.  That night we took him to the ER due to a severe headache.  They did a CT scan and saw nothing abnormal except for the fact that he had an arachnoid cyst on his brain.  An arachnoid cyst is simply a cyst that he was apparently born with and they are usually asymptomatic.  Well, after that day he has continued to complain of headaches off and on, had been very sleepy and irritable.  We were just told it was just post concussion issues.  This whole time, Joey and I have just had a very uneasy feeling.  Well last Friday, Luke came home from school complaining of seeing double and continued to do so throughout the weekend.  Monday, I called his Dr. and Joey took him in.  From there they sent him to an opthomologist who noticed swelling behind his eyes.  He then sent Luke to Children's Medical Center, and that is where Luke has spent the last 6 days.  Apparently the fall he took in PE caused the cyst to rupture and it has been leaking since causing some major intracranial pressure.  He had surgery Wednesday and they placed a drain inside to drain the fluid surrounding his brain.  The drain was removed yesterday and thankfully everything looked good so he was able to come home today!

Let me just say it has been an emotionally, and physically tough week.  I'd like to say I was at peace the whole time knowing all would turn out ok, but I'd be lying.  I was worried sick, then when we found out exactly what it was, honestly it was complete relief.  I know it sounds crazy to feel relief about your son having brain surgery, but when you're used to getting worse news, this was nothing! 

As for Luke, he is doing great.  I've been a nervous wreck all day, but he's fine.  I'm sure he's sick of me yelling "Luke quit running, quit jumping, WALK!", "No Luke, your not going up and down the stairs", "Why don't you rest and take a break", "Luke! Be careful!",  "Luke, let me check your head", "No, your not going outside", and so on , and so on!  I can't help it though!  I can't take my eyes off of him!  He's not allowed any strenous activities or anything where he is at risk of head injury.  Well, in my eyes, that's everything!  I'm sure I'll relax several months or years from now, or maybe not, but for now this is just how it is. 

I'm sure I blew my 1800 calorie diet this week, and Luci has probably packed on the pounds.  I actually haven't checked my BS either.  So bad, I know.  She's perfectly fine though, and packing a pretty powerful punch these days! 

Anyhow, please keep Luke in your prayers.  He's still got alot of recovering to do in the next several months along with some close monitoring including scans.  And mothers, let me just say, always go with your instinct!

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