Wednesday, September 9, 2009

wordless wednesday and more

wordless wednesday (scroll down for the more!):

the more:

and now for the news on ryan. if you remember, a little over a week ago i blogged that we had a neurology appointment for ryan. the reason for this was that he is and has always been extremely left-sided. not only does he possess strength in his left side, but he lacks strength in the right side of his body. we always thought this was an outcome of swaddling him for 8 months (the neurologist assured me that it wasn't from swaddling) and that he would eventually gain gross and fine motor skills on the right side of his body.

remember when he started walking? did you watch the videos? he would drag his right leg when he started walking, and when he'd clap, he'd bring his left hand to his right hand instead of clapping with his right hand. he's always been physically delayed as far as sitting up, crawling, and of course walking. and since he's turned two and still can not pick up any given object with his right hand, we thought it was time to make sure everything was a-okay with him.

oh, and when he was born he was in the NICU for a week with breathing and apnea problems. he had a CT scan and the neonatologist told me that there was "something" on one side of his brain (yeah, i can't remember exactly what he said. i was a sleep deprived, hormonally whacked out mama.) but that it was probably nothing and he didn't think there was anything to be worried about. minor detail, right?!

we met with a neurologist, dr. h, about two weeks ago (sorry i didn't blog about this sooner. it's been a little crazy!). after assessing ryan and asking us gobs of questions, she came to the assumption that ryan may have had a stroke right before, during, or right after birth. hmmm... makes a little sense. there is also a possibility that he could have a cyst on his brain. and the only way to confirm that is with an MRI.

the good news is that dr. h doesn't seem too concerned about this since it hasn't progressively gotten worse—ryan's walking has improved tremendously and he can now pick up certain things with his right hand, although awkwardly. and if the results of the MRI conclude that he indeed had a stroke at birth, 98% of infants go unaffected later in life

tomorrow afternoon ryan will be having the MRI. since he'll have to be still for about 45 minutes, he will be sedated for it. so he cannot eat solid foods past 6:30am and cannot have liquids after 10:30am. please pray that tomorrow isn't too crazy for him. the boy loves his food!! and no breakfast and no lunch should make for a fun day

we won't get results for a few days, but i will try to update via twitter tomorrow.

and since it's late and i'm tired and my creative juices are not flowing and i don't really know how to wrap this post up, how about another gander at my little ry! and yes, that is a princess pull-up!


Nicole said...

Love the princess pull up! LOL

I hope the MRI goes well for him! And you! I'll be thinking of you guys!

Ace said...

We'll be praying for excellent results!

Kelly Harris said...

praying for you guys, Erin. I know that waiting stuff is hard...hope it all goes well and is over quickly!

A day in the Life... said...

I had to laugh because Jaymen is currently wearing those EXACT same pull ups.. They were on sale at Target!

I am sure Ryan will do just fine :) In my experience kids do surprisingly well without food as long as no one is eating in front of them (such as my husband lol) That one didn't go over too well. The few times Haylen has been sedated I always just waited until he was out to eat myself :)

Aunt of 14 said...

I'll pray that the MRI goes well! :)

Annie said...

hehe, love the princess pull up!

thoughts and prayers are with you all today! :)

p.s. following you on twitter now too! ;)

Ashley @ {Let Go, Laughing} said...

first of all, that picture is adorable!

second, i will be thinking and praying for you and ryan today!

Mary @ Giving Up On Perfect said...

Are you already starting to potty train???

Wow - Erin, I didn't know about all this. I will definitely pray for Ryan, you and Ben, and the doctors!!!

Jess(ica) said...

I hope everything turns out well for Ryan and that you get your answers soon!

Until then... you have princess pull-ups to pass the time! Love it!

Hillary @ The Other Mama said...

I hope everything went well. You are not the only crazy hormone induced mama out there. We were all there!
I'd love to know how it went and will say a special prayer for your princess pull up man! haha!