I haven't written an update on Mason for a while, so here comes some nap-time blogging. Mason is doing absolutely wonderfully! We are happily living life, and Mama is not spending every second worrying about her boy's head...a much welcome change. In fact, some days go by that I don't even think about it. He's climbing on everything in the house, putting words together into sentences, and learning so much every day. We had our first post-op check up in Dallas back in November, and Dr. Fearon said he looks great, he's very pleased with his head shape, and he doesn't need to see him back until he's 5!
I am confident that we made the right decision to go ahead with the surgery, though it was the toughest decision of my life. I know that is was right for Mason. Within days after the surgery his vocabulary just exploded. Coincidence? Maybe, but I don't think so. It might have been increased pressure in that area of the brain, or maybe the reduced blood flow along the fused suture, but my mama intuition tells me that the fused suture was definitely affecting his language ability. Also, before the surgery he used to pull on the back of his head and fuss. He has not done this one time since the surgery. And the shape of his head...what can I say...it's perfect. (I've no doubt in my mind that Dr. Fearon is not just a surgeon, he's an artist). His head will always be slightly narrower than some, but completely within the scope of normal. Hats fit him great now and we won't have to worry about helmets not fitting later in life. Most importantly, Mason's brain has plenty of room to grow, and we don't have to worry about what consequences raised pressure might have on his development.
I know, I know, you want to see pictures. As soon as I find my camera cord I will post some recent photos of our amazing Mason J and his beautiful head. Love to you all and many, many thanks for your support before, during and after the surgery and our time in Dallas. I can't imagine going through something like that without family, friends and community.