I’m excited. Sort of. We finally got the call from our neurosurgery office with the date for Mason’s brain and spine MRI. This is a scan we’ve known was coming. The doctors will be able to get detailed pictures of every centimeter of Mason’s brain and spine and it will act as a baseline for future scans if problems develop as Mason grows.
What problems? I don’t like to think about them, but a few potential ones are trouble with his Chiari II Brain malformation, a tethered spinal cord, or fluid pockets around the spine (syrinx). The problems stemming from these are varied, with loss of nerve function even higher than he has now being the big one for the last two. The Chiari is usually asymptomatic and we’re praying Mason’s stays that way. If not he could develop problems with breathing, swallowing, eating, and more. (See why I don’t like to think about it?)
The doctors came to the decision that for Mason’s MRI he will need to be completely put under anesthesia so he will stay still. There are always risks with anesthesia but Mason has done well with it in every surgery so far. The MRI won’t involve surgery, just taking pictures. Because they are taking images of the entire brain and spine a slice at a time the MRI will take approximately 2 hours. The official date is February 15th, with our arrival time at the hospital before 6am.
We’ll see what we learn from this!