Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Clarification on Diagnosis

I wanted to clarify an earlier post where I said that Katelyn would likely be diagnosed with cerebral palsy. The doctors have not yet identified a cause for her stroke. Apparently, it is not completely unusual to find out that there is no "cause" of the stroke or that a number of things went wrong in synchrony. Hopefully, if there is any chance that another stroke could occur, doctors will be able to know how to prevent further it. However, generally the infant does not have another stroke.

The doctor suggested that Katelyn might be diagnosed with cerebral palsy. That was one guess at a possible outcome. Cerebral palsy simply means that Katelyn would have difficulties with movement: she may have difficulty with fine motor movements, she may have difficulty with walking, or she may be wheelchair bound. All of these would classify her with cerebral palsy. However, it remains possible that Katelyn could also simply develop a learning disability or that she may develop fairly normally. At this point, it is almost impossible to know. On the one side is her good current level of functioning. On the other side is the severe nature of the stroke. Again, it is impossible to know how this will affect her. We continue to pray for her healing and for God's will in all of this.

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