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New MRI results are in….

Article posted on Friday, August, 7th, 2009 at 5:51 pm

Neely went for her first “out-of-the-hospital-MRI” on Friday morning. Her Doctor (Greenville, SC) has warned us to keep our expectations in check – while we would all love to see a “clean MRI” – that was not going to be a reality. Recovery from ADEM or Acute Disseminating Encephalomyelitis is very slow.

The IV was without a doubt the hardest part for Neely! It took about 10 seconds to get the IV in her foot, taped down, and wrapped up in bright orange wrap. Neely took one look at the finished product and started to cry. Worried that she was in pain, we asked her what was wrong and if she was ok…..Her reply was simply, “It doesn’t match, mommy!” She wanted the pink wrap (which would have matched her pink and green outfit) The nurses were kind enough to comply.

Our prayers were for the the MRI to show significant improvement – and prayers were answered! Neely showed an 80-90% improvement over the last test. There is still some swelling and inflammation present – But the tests indicate that she is still healing, and we should continue to see improvement.

We are all working hard with Neely in therapy, the entire family gets in on the action. She is currently seeing 2 speech therapists and has Physical Therapy on both water and land. There are 3 doctors and 5 therapists that currently oversee Neely’s progress and treatment plan. Trying to master her schedule is a full time job – unfortunately, it doesn’t pay much. :-)

Our treatment team has decided that it would be best for Neely to skip pre-school this year. The chance of her having a recurrence would be increased in an environment where children (and germs) are rampant. And that is a chance that we are not willing to take.

We will just keep putting one foot in front of the other….

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