Neil and I chose to NOT get a second opinion because unless the lab got his MRI and the blood mixed up, it's pretty much all there in black and white. It's been easy to forget (haha, yeah right) but easy to forget that he's so sick when he's so healthy right now. And when I say healthy, I am comparing him not to a "normal" boy, but a boy with mito.
We received some follow up paperwork from the Stanford trial, Dr. Enns formal write up. It's sure hard to read it again, all spelled out in black and white.
"...homoplasmic mutation at 9176T>C in ATP6 (mitochondrial respiratory chain complex V)...."
"...MRI showed lesions in the basal ganglia. Low density was noted within the caudate heads bilaterally and the left putamen..."
"...because Leigh syndrome is a progressive neurometabolic disorder that is characterized by necrotizing lesions, particularly in the basal ganglia, midbrain and brainstem, children are at severe risk for rapid progression..."
(I had to google a lot of his three page letter.)
Ew. Ick. Just brings you back to the first few days. I remember clinging to my mom, crying and telling her I can't and won't do all this and how on earth is it possible to handle this. Well, here we are 10 weeks into our new life. I still don't know how to do this, but as our therapists says, "Your heart will expand and you'll be amazed at what your capable of."
Hey God, the size of my heart was just fine thank you very much. You could have just given us a healthy baby boy! But who am I to judge that.
There have been a couple of distinct "phases" I remember about Will's short little life so far. Sidenote: I have the first 22 months captured in a 15 page word document with one thumbnail photo of him per month. It's come in handy with all these doctors who want to spend 2 hours gathering medical history. I just hand them the document and then enjoy a little laugh while they look at me like I'm crazy. Let's look for some efficiencies in this process huh guys? I already know I'm crazy, so let's move past that and get to business. ( I don't know why this is highlighting in white and I am too tired to try and fix it.)
Anyways, back to the point:
-15 months - 2 years old - worry, wonder, fear of the unknown. (Above picture is Will wearing his SPIO suit and first pair of leg braces.)
-July 5 - The known. The second worst day of my entire life. The first has yet to come. Neil and I dropped him off at school so we could lay in bed and cry. He came home wearing some funky mismatched clothes, but we didn't much care.
Tuesday's Mito takeaway: Did you send your email yet? Look at all the fun pictures you could show someone? :-)