Friday, February 17, 2006


As readers of this blog may know, my wife Stephanie is currently 6 months pregnant with our first child. A son, his name is Parker.

In a regular ultrasound appointment the doctor discovered a cyst on our son's brain. He referred us to a specialist.

We had our scheduled appointment with that specialist, a perinatologist, earlier this week. I would characterize most of what we learned as disappointing news, but with the possibility that all might turn out fine. And there is still a lot that remains unknown.

The Dr. did confirm that Parker has a cyst on his brain. The cyst is, to my eye, quite large, compared to the size of his brain. It is not on the skull, but inside on his actual brain.

There is no medical or surgical procedure they can do for Parker until after he is born. Stephanie has been referred to a pediatric neurosurgeon and for an MRI. The MRI will tell us more about where the cyst is located on the brain and what the tissue surrounding the cyst looks like. The neurosurgeon will interpret the results of the MRI for us.

Best case scenario: Parker is born with a cyst on his brain. Damage to him and his brain would be minimal or nonexistent. And after birth they would perform surgery to drain the cyst and that would be successful.

Worst case scenario: the existence of the cyst is the result of, or indication of, some sort of leakage or bleeding on the brain. Which would lead to damaged tissue around the cyst. That damaged tissue would represent permanent brain damage. This is what the MRI is supposed to reveal: if there is any brain damage at this time and if so, to what extent.

Parker seems fine in every other developmental category except for this problem on his brain.

We are, of course, praying that there is no brain damage. I will keep you posted. God bless.