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Liam’s MRI Results

First I had to show this picture of my son in the shorts I found at the Just Between Friends sale. They crack me up!

When we left the house at 7:30 in the morning, my dad in-tow, I had found peace with my son getting an MRI. By the end of the morning I was wondering why I had been so scared. But only because he handled it like a champ. He didn’t shed a single tear when they inserted his IV. Granted we did a lot to distract him, but add toughness to the list of things my son exudes.

After less time than they quoted us, we were back in the recovery room and Liam was pretty wide awake, though woosey! Let me tell you it was funny to take him home all drugged up and saying funny things. He was mentally so awake but his body couldn’t keep up. High-fives were more misses than hits. 🙂

We had to keep a close eye on Mr. Stumbly for the rest of the day. We snuggled on the couch, watched movies, and ate goldfish in three flavors (since he hadn’t had food since the night before). Then we all took a much-deserved nap. Mommy and daddy didn’t sleep too well the night before.

In the afternoon his pediatrician called with the scan results. What they found was a small area in the left center part of his brain that contained an old injury. It was caused by some stroke-type event that caused his brain to bleed. It’s only about 2x2x3cm (or maybe it was mm?) and is surrounded by healing tissue.

This is what we expected.

I’m happy they found what we were looking for. Sometimes injuries are so old they can’t see them anymore. And since we suspect Liam’s is about 18 months old, I’m glad it was still visible.

We’re still waiting to hear from his doctor at the hospital, but knowing this was probably a one-time thing and there’s no tumor or anything involved is relieving.

Last night my sweet step-sister dropped by and gave me the perfect gift. Evidently Pura Vida Bracelets are a big deal — guess I missed the boat. The bracelets are all hand-made in Costa Rica and 1% of the profits are given back to the Surfrider Foundation to clean up beaches worldwide.

What made this gift even more special to my heart is that they also have bracelets for awareness. Everything from autism, suicide prevention, Alzheimer’s, MS, CP, etc. Yep, she got me a bracelet that represents Cerebral Palsy awareness. I cried. The best part is they donate $1 out of the $5 to that specific organization.

The company believes in living life simply, enjoying life slowly, celebrating good fortune and not taking anything for granted. That’s something I can get behind.

So do it friends. Live simply and slowly and appreciate much. I have a lot to be thankful for in this new day.

And stay hydrated. 😉


About Erin Shipps

Life in your thirties can sometimes feel like you're stuck between what has happened and what's yet to come -- like being amidship. But I'm forging through with thrifty household decorating, DIY projects, health advice, and just life. When I'm not crafting my local Kansas City magazine VintageKC, I'm busy being a rock star's wife and mommy to the most beautiful 3-year-old. Welcome to our world amid the Shipps.

11 responses »

  1. Love the shorts! They make him look really tall. Glad you found the reason. Did they say what may have caused it in the first place?

  2. Thank God for good news. Prayed for you guys all day yesterday! Will be anxious to hear what his doctor has to say too…

    LOVE the shorts! Adorable!

  3. Your son is adorable! So sweet. My sister’s middle boy Harry was diagnosed with mild cerebal palsy when he was a baby, and now he is a fiery and sweet eight year old. Sounds like you found nothing unexpected, which can be a good thing.

    When the health of your child is in question, it can be such a scary thing. As the years go on, I discover that many people deal with issues like these. I am amazed and in awe when they handle it with such grace.

    My oldest son was born with a heart defect, my middle daughter is allergic to nuts, and my littlest three year old can’t seem to get herself on the growth chart! We want our children to be perfect, to have every chance, and those set backs can be difficult. This is not to say I pretend to know exactly where you are coming from. When it is your little guy, it is so personal to you.

    Sounds like Liam has adoring parents who will guide him lovingly on his way!

    • Thanks Rachel…sounds like your nephew is a lot like Liam. Nothing holds that kid back! His case is very mild, as well. I am amazed as well at how many people I’m realizing also deal with problems on a variety of levels. It is nice to have camaraderie. And yes, Liam will definitely know he is loved and he can do anything he wants in life 🙂 … but I keep telling him he’s going to be a doctor. 😉

  4. Wow, I can imagine you didn’t sleep too well, but that’s amazing news! He’s such a cute little guy! That was such a thoughtful gift from your step-sister, and the company’s motto is so perfect. I love it!

  5. Ron & Sherry H.

    Great story about a brave little guy named Liam and an equally brave mom and dad.

    Blessings to you and the family!
    Ron & Sherry H.


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