Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A Diagnosis

Let me start by saying that this really is the best bad news we could have gotten about Imogene's arm and leg.
We saw the neurogolist, Dr. William McClintock at Children's Hospital today. We liked him just as much as the physical therapist, thank goodness!
He has diagnosed Imogene with a mild case of cerebral palsy. It is likely a form called hemiparesis, which affects just one side of the body. Her right arm is more affected than the right leg, but both are involved. He did say that cognitively she looked great, and didn't seem worried about any mental development issues. He has ordered an MRI to determine just exactly which type it is, and I guess the severity? (this probably won't happen for another month with insurance approval and scheduling). He was very positive that this is a mild case that will be helped greatly by continued physical therapy, but will give us more of a prognosis once the MRI is completed.
We are trying to stay very positive and optimistic - it's the best attitude we can have for Imogene. Part of me is pretty sad that she has anything wrong with her, but know that we can only give her the best that we have, which is love, support and lots of hugs and kisses!

1 comment:

  1. I am so glad that you were able to see a doctor with whom you felt immediately comfortable. Coming from someone who has seen her share of doctors and has had her share of ailments, I know how important that is. Love does go a long way, friend. Lots of hugs.