Thursday, April 24, 2008

Andrews Brain

Is stable...we met with the neurologist today to discuss Andrew's progress and his most recent MRI. The MRI revealed pretty much what the Dr. had expected. The part of his brain that is affected is sandwiched between two healthy portions and it is possible that these will compensate for that which was lost. The small portion on the right side of his brain that showed damage on his first MRI didn't even show up! The doctor was well pleased with Andrew's progress. He said that he is further along than a lot of other kids he sees with similar experiences.

Questions we had for the doctor:

In light of his history and the most recent MRI, what are the chances of him 1: having further damage done to his brain? 2: future seizures?

1: Little to none
2: Higher than a normal kid...but less than 50%

What do we need to work on?

-Cognitive...Stimulate him as much as possible. Speech, etc are directly connected with this portion of the brain so we need to read and talk to him as much as possible.
-Physical, Occupational therapy. Work with his right arm and leg to ensure they develop properly

Will we ever know why this happened?


Overall we are encouraged by the visit, thank you all for your continued prayers and support.

P.S. As I wrote this Andrew rolled over from his back to his tummy for the first time ever.


Jay and Shannon said...

Isn't it awesome how the Lord will take such a simple task (rolling over)of a baby done at just the right time to bring mighty hopes to the parents and loved ones of that child? What a reminder that it's God Who carries little Andrew in His Hands and has wonderful plans for him. We get the most humblest and joyous pleasure of witnessing and being a part of it.
We love you guys!
the Sapps

Anonymous said...


JaynShannon said it better than I ever could.

I too rejoice with you.

Thanks for the update,

Tu Hermano,

Rohloff said...

The Rohloff's are rejoicing with you too... and ditto on the sapps comment!

Anonymous said...

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Seeking you as a precsious jewel, Lord to give up I'd be a fool; You are my all in all.

Jesus, Lamb of God, worthy is Your name!
Jesus, Lamb of God, worthy is Your name!

Taking my sin, my cross, my shame, rising again I bless Your name; You are my all in all.

When I fall down, You pick me up; When I am dry You fill my cup; You are my all in all.

Jesus, Lamb of God, worthy is Your name!
Jesus, Lamb of God, worthy is Your name!

He is worthy of all of our praise!!!

HOPE said...

Curt and Mandy,
I'm so glad to read about Andrew's continued health! Love being able to read your blog from time to time.