My sweet little Spencer love is going into surgery tomorrow morning at 11am.
Wow, I know.
Some of you we've told, many of you, we haven't. But mostly because this has all happened so quickly. And also because it's made me so weepy, that it's been hard for me to verbally discuss it.
So let me start at the beginning for those of you who are unaware of the situation.
Spencer was born with a small white tuft at the base of his spine, which the doctors have informed us is called a "sacral dimple". When we took him in to his first pediatric visit, the doctor suggested we have a sonogram done on it to determine whether it's something we should be concerned about or if it's just a birthmark.
The sonogram showed that his spinal cord is lower than normal and is actually "tethered" to a rather large mass of tissue. Because of the results of the ultrasound, they sent us to Driscoll for an MRI. And up to this point, nobody had discussed with us the ramifications of this tethered cord and what it all means.
Yesterday Spencer had his MRI, and the results showed exactly what the sonogram did. That Spencer has a tethered spinal cord and surgery must be done in order to prevent any sort of problems later. He could grow normally without surgery, and then slowly symptoms will start to show and then it would be too late. The damage would have already been done.
But with the surgery, all that will be avoided and he can grow into a healthy, active human being. The outlook on it all is quite positive and he will only need to be in the hospital for the weekend. Praise the Lord!
So with all that said, we so appreciate your prayers. Dr. Burk, the surgeon, is very knowledgeable and we praise God for his wisdom and that we were able to detect this sooner and not later when surgery would be more difficult. Pray for Dr. Burk and his team and those that will be caring for our little love. It's been quite stressful for me and I've so needed the texts and love that some of you who have known have been sending me. Nathan stayed overnight with Spencer while I came home to find rest and the sleep was so good for this weary soul.
If you have any questions or want to catch up with us, just send us a text or feel free to call or message me. We truly appreciate your prayers. Truly.