Don’t be scared. I know this won’t be fun, but it’s gotta be done. You see, at your 6-month check up last month, Dr. A noticed that your skull bones seem to have fused too early. It’s called craniosynostosis, which is a big long fancy name that even your momma can’t pronounce. The problem is that the cure is surgery.
So, we made you an appointment at the Helmet Clinic, where there’s a team of doctors on Monday mornings who see little boys just like you and recommend a treatment right then and there. Normally kids go to the Helmet Clinic when they have a flat head since they’ll fit them for a helmet to encourage the head to grow in the right shape. But they see other kinds of problems too. Since we couldn’t get in until December 10th, Dr. A had you go to the hospital for a skull x-ray. Remember that big machine that took pictures of you head? And those nice nurses that helped you lay down nice and still? That was it.
Good news! Your x-ray came back pretty good, so we just did a quick follow up with Dr. A today. Your head is still getting bigger, which is good – it means your brains have lots of room to grow! Bad news! Dr. A still doesn’t like the way your head looks. (I still thinks you have the cutest little baby head, but I admit to being biased.)
So we’re going to the hospital again next Wednesday for a CAT Scan. You aren’t going to like it. You’ll be confused on why Mom won’t give you a bottle when you wake up that morning and are hungry. You’ll be confused on the big machines and all the people you don’t know. You’ll have to breathe in some weird stuff that will make you go sleepy. But mom and dad will be here to help you through it. We’ll do the best they can to give you comfort. But it will be hard.
I think that Dr. A is being over cautious cause your head is still one of the cutest I’ve ever seen, your brain seems to be growing, and you’re meeting all the major milestones, but we’d rather know for sure. We’re praying that this Thanksgiving we’ll be grateful for the blessing of a good report. But either way, we’ll be thanking God for you and your cute little noggin.