Tuesday, December 21, 2010

the long awaited MRI results are in

The nurse called today with the following message (all medical terms are spelled phonetically and are probably not correct):

- The white matter of James' brain is appropriate for his age.
- No cortical displacia (no inflammation)
- No hydrocephalus (no extra fluid)
- All arteries are patent (blood flow is good)
- All regions appear normal
- No abnormal intercranial enhancement

What this means is there is NO BRAIN DAMAGE!!!!

I made the nurse read through everything twice.  I asked her if it meant what I thought it meant - no brain damage.  I asked her if she was sure since his first MRI showed brain damage and he had no pulse for 61 minutes.  She verified with the doctor - everything looked normal. 

I asked her how it would happen that a damaged brain would heal and she replied, "A miracle.  But the human body is amazing, especially the brain, and especially in one so small."

I know the human body is amazing, but so is my God!  We are confident that He has answered our prayers (yours and mine!) and healed my son!  There are some residual effects of his initial trauma (for instance, he still needs thickened feeds and physical therapy for his legs) but he has met every developmental milestone of a three month old, and we are confident that he will continue to do so.

Thank you for your prayers and support!  And thank God for His goodness and generosity!  May our God be praised!

54 comments:

  1. Bonnie I have chills! WHAT A CHRISTMAS PRESENT!!!

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  2. I have been following your blog since James was born and I'm tearing up reading your post. What a weight off your shoulders and hope for the future!

    God be praised!

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  3. THANK YOU, GOD!!

    I am SO happy for you guys! Thank you, God, for healing your child James.

    Congratulations, Bonnie! Congratulations!!!

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  4. ahhhhhhhhhh! thats all I can say right now! (which is translated to Praise God! Answered Prayers! Fulton Sheen! James!)

    Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful!!!

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  5. In. AWE. Praise Him, praise Him, PRAISE Him!!!!

    Engstroms! God held your beautiful, perfect little boy in His hands and HEALED HIM! So many blessings showered on you all as you approach this Christmas season!

    Emily C

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  6. I cannot express in words how happy this makes me! I too have goose bumps. I know James would have the best life possible had he been permanently damaged, but the fact that he has healed makes every single aspect of his life and yours that much easier. I'm so excited for you! Merry Christmas indeed!

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  7. Bonnie and family,
    I have no words....OUR GOD IS AN AWESOME GOD!!!!

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  8. That is AMAZING, Bonnie! I am in tears. How truly wonderful!!!!

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  9. Praise God! Thank you, Lord. Thank you soon-to-be St. Fulton Sheen.
    Katie in MD

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  10. WOW!!!!!!!!! That is SO amazing!! SO happy for you!

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  11. Oh Wow! That is so wonderful to read! Praises be!

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  12. Praise be to God!!! That is incredibly awesome!!

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  13. What amazing wonderful news! Praise God!

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  14. Amazing!! Praise God! Is James scheduled for another swallow study? No brain damage = No reason for thickened feeds?? :) Many babies can pass a swallow study on a slow flow bottle nipple after failing early on. And...any baby can benefit from a little physical therapy (spoken from a pediatric PT). :)
    I am so happy for James!! You are the perfect parents for him!! Who else could have been more devoted and faithful to him?!?!? I admire your faith.
    God bless,

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  15. I, too, had chills. It is certain that God gets all the glory. So many prayers for that little boy were answered!

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  16. I, too, have chills. It is certain that God gets all the glory. What a gift to all of us to have this tangible representation of our God as healer.

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  17. I have never commented before, but I have offered up the Fulton Sheen prayer from time to time for you son, and I, too, had chills reading about the good news. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit!! Merry Christmas!

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  18. a whole lot of goosebumps and tears and rejoicing is going on over here!!!!!!!! Our God is so AMAZING!!!!! What an incredible Christmas gift for your family!

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  19. I feel very, very emotional. I stopped reading half way through and blubbed.

    Goodness me that's good news.
    Great news!
    Deo Gratias!
    Happy Christmas mummy and daddy!

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  20. Oh, and it's spelled hydrocephalus.
    Not that any body gives a fig about the spelling but I thought I'd let you know.
    Gosh I'm so happy for you.
    May God continue to do this good work in James.

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  21. I never had any doubt in my boy! :) Yay for sweet baby James!
    Love, Nurse Megan

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  22. Praise the Lord!

    Wow! What an AMAZING miracle! Thank you for sharing all of this along the way Bonnie....wow...PRAISE BE TO GOD!!!

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  23. HURRAH!!! I'm doing the happy dance for you! Praise God!

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  24. You can add me to the list of people crying with joy over this news - read the results to my husband with tears streaming down my face! God is SO GOOD and AWESOME. May God always bless and favor sweet baby James! God Bless your family this Christmas, Bonnie. I will continue praying for all of you.

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  25. Way to GO James...you are a miracle baby!

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  26. Oh my goodness! What a day to celebrate! Give the little one kisses for me. Love you all. - Hedda

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  27. this news gave me chills and brought tears to my eyes! Praise God from whom all blessings flow!!! Amen and amen.

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  28. Do we get to submit this as evidence of an intercessory miracle for Fulton Sheen?! Wow! Amazing, absolutely amazing. You need to add Lazarus to that boy's name - what a wonderful Christmas miracle.

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  29. I am sitting at work with tears in my eyes reading about God's work. Bless you and your family.
    Merry Christmas from Richmond, Virginia.

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  30. Tears in my eyes and goosebumps on my arms. God love you all!

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  31. We have been praying too - thank you Lord for such a blessing! Merry Christmas!

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  32. Wow! God is good.

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  33. Bonnie, I have to jump in here & say that i was sitting in 5:30pm Mass last night & telling Bp Sheen: "Listen, that baby is named after you & you HAVE to help him & his folks!" Guess I should've been thanking the Archbishop instead.
    Blessed be God!

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  34. I'm with you, Bonnie. God has done this thing. "Is anything too hard for the Lord? (Genesis 18:14)

    I'll still be praying. So thankful.

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  35. Came here from Jen's blog.... WOW!!! Praise God for a Christmas miracle!!!

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  36. I just came here for the first from Jennifer's site.
    What wonderful news for all of you! This story brought tears to my eyes.
    May our dear Lord continue to bless you all!

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  37. God is a great God indeed. I praise our Father for this Christmas miracle. God's alive!!

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  38. Bonnie, from Aunt Nita-- I couldn't hardly talk when your Mom called me at work to tell me. It's just so awesome and truly a miracle. You have always said that God wanted James to be born and he has spared James any damage due to our prayers and just the grace of God. Of course, the amazing work of all from the beginning and the NICU at Childrens Hospital but there were so many praying for little James and God answered our prayers. Thank you Lord. I still get teary eyed just thinking of it. Praise be baby James! Merry Christmas to us all!

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  39. Merry Christmas!!
    Thank you God.

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  40. Wow. I too got chills and tears in my eyes. God is Amazing. Wow what a Christmas blessing for you. Praise the Lord. Wishing you Continued blessings in 2011.

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  41. Oh what a miracle!!! Praise God and congratulations!!! :) This is the best news! :)

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  42. Tears of happiness here too! :) praise God :) and thank you Archbishop Sheen :) I was so moved by your story and the way you so strongly and clearly felt that this experience put you in the middle of God's will. Thank you for sharing this miracle so that we can all feel His presence in a special way this Christmas.

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  43. I have chills reading this. God is so good, isn't He? Praise God you received a miracle, too!

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  44. Clare told me about this wonderful update. I'm so, so happy for you. Praise God!

    Elizabeth in London

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  45. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

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  46. What a blessing! Both of my kids were in NICU (preemies), so I relate in some small way to the worry and stress of "what if" with a newborn. So happy for all of you! Our God is so good!

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  47. Reading this during a blizzard here in New York City. Happy for you and your little one. May God bless you always.

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  48. What a testament to God's grace. Merry Christmas, Bonnie!

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  49. I have tears of joy reading this, Bonnie. Praise God!

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  50. Goosebumps! Our God is an awesome God!

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