Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Liam's Doctors Appointment

Not everyone knows but Liam has a dimple on his back that may be a form of Spina Bifida. We decided not to tell anyone but family until this point because we hadn't talked to the doctors yet. We have finally been to the specialist. The doctors think that he may have Spina Bifida Occulta. There are 15% of people in this world that have Spina Bifida Occulta and either never know it or have no side effects. The doctor believes that Liam is within this 15%. He said that he is 99% sure that Liam with have no ramifications from his "cigarette burn" (Yes, that is the technical term because that's is what it looks like). But just to be on the safe side he has still ordered an MRI. It will be on July 17th and the results on the 22nd. The doctor is concerned for two things. That there may be a pin prick hole in the dimple that would give direct access to his spine. This could result in Meningitis. Bad bad bad! The other concern is that when he was a fetus his spinal cord developed around cartilage. Which could cause pressure and stretch his spine. These are the things he is going to be checking for. We are all very hopeful, with the knowledge that he is a good doctor and he will take care of Liam no matter what the diagnoses is. This can be taken care of surgically no matter which it is. But we are hopefull that he falls within the 15% of people world wide with no side effects. Keep Liam in your prayers. Thanks!