Sunday, May 30, 2010

Another day, another scan, and hopefully some sleep

Kol went in for a CT scan Sunday morning, to check for swelling, bleeding, etc. Things are looking OK for the most part - there is some swelling, but that's not unexpected. Kol has some reduced movement on his right side, which is also not unexpected, as the lesion was on the left side of the brain - the doctor thinks this may also be related to the swelling. He still has pretty good control, it just seems to be a bit slower on the right side. He'll probably remain in PICU for a couple more days at least - they're hoping to get him in for another MRI on Tuesday.

Last night (Saturday - Sunday) went well. Kristen got a pretty good sleep on the fold-out couch in Kol's room in PICU, while I managed to doze a bit in the bedside chair. The nurse kept waking Kol up every so often (30 minutes? 60 minutes? It kind of blurs after a while) for neuro checks (pupil dilation, responding to simple questions, movement of hands and feet, etc.) which usually woke me up too, but other than that Kol slept very peacefully, especially compared to Thursday and Friday nights.

I'm at Mom and Dad's right now, and once I'm done this post I'm going to try to grab a couple hours uninterrupted sleep (finally got a chance to shower/shave, people will no longer flee in terror/disgust at the sight/smell of me!) and then head back up to the hospital. Once again, we can't thank you enough for all the prayers and messages of encouragement and offers of support from everyone - we are so overwhelmed and blessed by our circles of family and friends. Once things calm down a bit more (and once we finally get WiFi access at the hospital) we'll be able to respond personally to you. God bless you all.


  1. Hi Kirk and Kristen,

    I've been following this blog and all the updates. Kol, and your family, have been on my mind all weekend. I hope the next few days will bring some positive news for your family. Kids are unbelievable strong individuals.
    Take Care:)

  2. Hi Kirk, Kristen and kids.

    You are in my prayers and thoughts. Keep well and God bless all of you during this difficult journey.

    Ria Mynhardt

  3. Hi Kristen and Kirk, thank you for sharing this experience with us...and for giving us the opportunity to pray for Kol and your family. Kol has been in our constant prayers and also the surgeons and nurses. How amazing they are. We have much to thankful for in answered prayers for your little guy. We will continue to pray as he heals. I was reminded this morning of the saying "More things are wrought by prayer than this world ever dreams of" - Lord Tennyson. Kol is blessed with strong parents - you have displayed great courage throughout this journey with Kol - 'Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 Love, Jake & Joanne