Thursday, August 2, 2007

The Amazing Brain

This is the brain of the beautiful and amazing little boy from the last post.

On Monday, July 30, 2007, he had his 7th seizure. The first since March 11th. But this one was different. He was conscious, responsive, trying to talk, and regained head control during the seizure. This is an image from the CT scan they did at the hospital. It should be all gray in the middle.

If I knew how to do it, I would put a picture of his first MRI on here for comparison (all I have are films). Just look at this one and imagine mostly black, outlined in a thin layer of gray, with the white on the outside. The gray is the brain matter, the white is the skull, and the black is fluid.

Is it any wonder they said he would most likely be a vegetable? And yet there he is. He laughs, sings, talks, signs, plays, and makes jokes. Physical development has been slow, but even that is improving.

I don't question whether or not there is a God. Only He could create such a complex and delicate organism. It defies all understanding and controls functions we don't even think about. Intelligent design requires an intelligent creator.

Needless to say, the doctors at Children's Hospital were stunned to see how much improvement he has made over the last 2 years. They were also very pleased with his high functioning skills. The neurologist's jaw dropped when I told him that Stephen had signed "Momma, turkey", then when I asked him if he had just called me a turkey, he smiled and signed, "Yes."

Psalm 139:14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Philippians 4:13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength.