Today we took Pierce for a rapid-series MRI to check on the status of his shunt. Nik went through the MRI with Pierce and said it was so pitiful because it was so loud and Pierce was terrified of the sounds. But we're so proud of our brave boy who laid still with Dadddy while they got the pictures they needed.
We really felt confident that things were going well- no infections, no symptoms to point to a malfunction and his head growth has been tracking normally.
So we were taken back by the unexpected results: 4th ventricle enlargement. This basically means (and we're still processing it all, so I may not get this right) that Pierce's fourth ventricle, the one that sits deep in the brain, is not draining properly and that it has become trapped. 4th ventricle enlargement can affect balance and coordination, which may explain some of the reason why Pierce has had a hard time getting coordinated in his motor skills (though we'll never really know if it's related to this or just his extreme prematurity).
What this also means is that we're likely headed in for round 3 in brain surgery. Pierce's neurosurgeon is out on vacation this week (go figure) so we will have to wait until next week to see what his recommendations are, but we were told that these results most likely mean surgery in the near future.
While we are so saddened by the thought of our boy enduring yet another surgery, we are trusting in God's plan and know that He is still at work.
Would you please pray for us to have peace during this time? Also pray that Pierce would not become symptomatic during this waiting period.
One more note: last week I (Lindsay) had the opportunity of sitting down with Eric from New Life 91.9's morning show to share our story. Our segment will air tomorrow morning shortly after 7am. If you're out of town, you can listen online by going to their website: http://www.christiannetcast.com/listen/player.asp?station=wrcm-fm
Thank you for walking this journey with us. We are so grateful for all of you.
Nik, Lindsay and Pierce