Saturday, March 19, 2011

Desmond's Beautiful Head

Desmond and I were in Jackson yesterday at UMC having confirmed what his pediatrician was afraid of. It turns out that he had sagittal craniosynostosis, which is what causes the narrow, cone shape in the back of his head.

This is caused by the premature closure of the sagittal suture in his skull. So far, this has not done any damage to his brain, but in the future it could cause developmental delays if it's not corrected. So, some time in May or June Desmond will have surgery to correct it.

We have known for about three weeks that he might have to have an operation, but it wasn't for certain until we saw the pediatric neurosurgeon yesterday. I've been preparing myself for it the whole time though, so it wasn't a big surprise.

In the surgery they will take out parts of his skull, reshape them and put them back in to give him a "normal" shaped head. He will be even more beautiful than he already is, if that's possible.

For now we are just waiting on all of the new doctor appointments he will have to have with the ENT, plastic surgeon and opthamologist. It's going to be a long road, but we'll make it alright.

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