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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

I don't know exactly why, but it was becoming very important for me to have a full calendar month of having Nathan at home.  Three times now, Nathan had made it to 36 days in a row between hospitals stays.  But none of those streaks had encompassed a full calendar month.  And this time we had only missed it by one day.  But the really bad thing about going into the hospital on the last day of the month is that you're going to miss out on the next month too.

But what was weighing more heavily on our minds was what were we going to do about this shunt problem?  To this point our luck had been very, very minimal in trying to find something that worked.
  • VP Shunt #1 -- Failed
  • VPL Shunt -- Failed, nearly deadly
  • VP Shunt #2 -- Infected
  • VP Shunt #3 -- Failed
  • Third Ventriculostomy -- Failed
As we've mentioned before, with the failure of the Third Ventriculostomy, our choices of viable shunt placements were now down to what could basically be considered to be "bad" and "worse."  And honestly, we were very, very scared and worried.  Either way, we were looking at a very invasive surgery that unfortunately had no guarantee of success.  I don't know which was more sad and disheartening.  The fact that we were facing yet another major surgery or that there was no guarantee that the surgery would work.

So with heavy hearts and an uncertain future, we put our knees on the floor and our trust in the Lord and tried to hope that we could all come up with something that would work.

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