Not much rest…..
Luke had a spike in intracranial pressure (ICP) during the night, and again periodically in the last few hours. They took him for a CT scan, and the spike was attributed to swelling in the brain tissue. The swelling seems to be connected to the salt levels and so they are adjusting his meds to bring those levels back up, anticipating this will help with the pressure levels. He needs to be heavily sedated for the next few days with as little stimulation as possible. There is a lot they can do medically to keep his ICP levels down, but if they can’t sustain the ideal level of pressure for 12-24 hours, they will need to perform a craniectomy. A craniectomy is when they remove a part of the skull to allow for the brain to swell. If they have to do the craniectomy, they will not be able to do the neck surgery for now. Once his pressure levels are stabilized (12-24 hours), surgery for his neck can be scheduled. The next couple of days may be quite challenging as they work through this pressure issue. Of course, there are multiple doctors working together on Luke. Please pray for wisdom for them as they navigate through his course of treatment, that a craniectomy will not need to be done, for protection of his brain function, and for Ben and Lindsey’s peace of mind.
We are thanking God that a second MRI was ordered on Thursday, which showed the need for surgery on his neck. Based on the results from the first MRI, they would not have normally ordered a second one, but the Dr. had that nudge to do so. He acknowledged today, that “Someone” is watching over Luke. If the second MRI had not been done, the consequences would have been devastating. We are also thankful for the doctors and nurses God has provided for Luke. God is working through the care he is receiving from them. Thanks again for your continued prayers on Luke’s behalf. The power of praying in numbers has been very evident!