1/11/11

a noggin is a tricky thing

Please bear with me while I pretend I know how to make a blog header and then that I know how to make it fit and then that I know how to make it not blurry. I don't know how to do any of these things, but I was pretending. Now I'm getting help from a friend, so we are "under construction."

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I mostly did this header thing because I thought it would be a creative way to distract myself. Because for the past week or so Asher has been complaining of headaches and has some other possible symptoms of a shunt malfunction. We've been communicating with his team at the hospital and watching him closely. We have an appointment for an MRI today, so we'll be traveling a couple of hours and then continuing to hope for the best.

Yesterday when he woke up Asher announced, my brain is making me sick.
Oh my heart.

There are so many variables to consider with a child with hydrocephalus. I mean, it could be that his sinuses are bothering him or that his eyes are giving him trouble. It could be nothing. But then it could be that his shunt is not working right and that would mean that the spinal fluid in his brain is not draining through his ventricles to his spinal cord...so we always choose safe rather than sorry and we get it checked out. Of course, this is never really all that easy.

Please hope with us that this is much more nothing than something.
Asher's MRI is at 2pm (CST). Let's all also pretend hope that he's going to lie perfectly still for a good ten to fifteen minutes. He's three, he's good at that. Heh.

Thank you, friends.


"Cause that's what prayer do. It's like electricity, it keeps things going." - Aibileen in The Help

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SarahinSC said...

I will keep your little dude in my prayers. I keep messing with my blog header and just can't get it right. Oh well!

MollyinMinn said...

I will be thinking about you all today.

Lisa Page Rosenberg said...

Prayers all over you guys.

dangerous linda said...

xoxoxoxo

PS i know the only constant in life is change but i loved, loved, LOVED your old header ...

MamaBear said...

Praying over your family today as you travel on snowy roads and seek answers.

((HUGS))

MrsNilsenLife said...

thinking about you, your sweet boy, and the roads (both real and virtual) that must be traveled. Prayers for all of it.

Erin said...

Thoughts, prayers, and happiness. And hey, if my spazzy one year made it through a 25 minute MRI, Asher will totally rock this.

MommyJ said...

Prayers for Asher all day. And you too, of course.

Dave said...

give your little mans the biggest high five ever and say "you guys are awesome"


btw, did you know that it's almost a statistical certainty that the next EObaby will be another little dude?

Alita said...

Prayers for your dear sweet Asher and for yourself. And prayers for anti-itchy moving around-ness.

deb said...

done.
xoxoox

Wendi@Every Day Miracles said...

Yeah.. that keeping perfectly still thing? Ummm... :) It's not that I won't pray for it (because I just did, and I am hopeful!) but our lil' K requires sedation. I know, yuck, but you do what you have to.

Hoping this is not the shunt. Really, really hoping with you.

The header is awesome! Love the way your mind works.

Corinne said...

Thinking of and praying for you guys.
(love love love the header! all of it :))

Becca said...

Prayers for Asher (and Asher's Mama, and all the family) coming at you from the Frozen Mountaintops.

Kim said...

Prayers for all of you.

Alex@LateEnough said...

Prayers for y'all. And I hope he shocks us all by staying still the first time around!

nicole said...

Oh of course we are praying.

Sabrina said...

I will be praying for Asher! :)

kate hopper said...

Oh sweetie, I'm thinking of you all and hoping for the best.

From Tracie said...

Praying for him, and you, and the doctors.

Angie said...

Oh, friend. Just saw this and I will be praying like crazy for y'all.

5thsister said...

Sweet Heather...lifting Asher (and you) up in prayers. His will be done.

Jamie said...

Praying for Asher! <3

Jo@Mylestones said...

Praying for you and the sweet little man, that his brain will stop making him sick (& stop worrying his mama's heart). Love you

Jenn said...

Praying for Asher and his Mama, today!

Heather said...

right after I sent you that text I came here to your place and I am praying.

I am always amazed by his timing.

Thinking of you friend.

Andrea said...

Praying for you all!

JCK said...

Always the prayers for your little guy and all of you.

My friend's daughter was born with hydrocephalus, too, and has a shunt. They had a scare last year, but it was fine.(Daughter is 7.) I pray it is the same for your family.

Stacey said...

my thoughts and prayers are with you and cute asher. whatever it is, i hope for a quick and painless solution!

my youngest was recently diagnosed with tuberous sclerosis... everyone's kids seemed "normal" until his diagnosis and now i'm learning that there are diseases and medical concerns everywhere! i'm sad that so many have to go through so much but it is comforting to know that people know what you're going through without knowing everything you're going through (if you know what i mean!).

good luck and god bless!

Kate Coveny Hood said...

Poor little guy. I'll be thinking of you. Much love to everyone and extra kisses for the Noggin.

Kimberly said...

It can't ever stop being scary, can it? I'm so sorry...and so full of hope that it's more of nothing.

But when it comes to our little ones, even nothing feels like something, I think.

Hilary said...

I hate it when life is a big ol' question mark. I hope things went well today, and your banner is perfectly cute. :)

ellethenovice said...

Sending you love & magic & prayers, which are all the same thing. Love you guys.

Pain SUX said...

Oh, I will certainly be hoping nothing but the best for Asher.
I'm sure you'll keep us updated!!

On a lighter note, you did way better than I could have ever even dreamed of on your blog header ;)

~Steph
http://fortheluvofsanity.blogspot.com

Amy @ Never-True Tales said...

Oh, your Asher's situation makes my heart ache. Prayers for him coming your way. And I love the header...it'll be great!

trishatfox said...

Okay, I literally almost threw up when I read that Asher said, "My brain is making me sick." I could just hear his voice.
Praying. Please let us know.

TKW said...

Oh, little man. I got all teary at his words--so much for a little dude to carry.

Hugs, kisses and thoughts are with you, sweet friend. ((you))

Adventures In Babywearing said...

First of all I keep meaning to tell you I am in mad love with this new header!

And I am sorry I am so behind - I am catching up with your posts all out of order as I tread my inbox.

I hope it went smoothly and oh, your heart. I am so sorry. I had Noah's IEP meeting this morning and there's just no armor for these situations. We are lambs for the slaughter, mothers, and we go without hesitation. That's how much we love.

Steph

Aunt LoLo said...

1. Your header makes me smile. So you. So "boys".

2. Sending Ash-man calming, and stilling, thoughts...a few days late. *hugs*

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