Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Good news!

I just heard from brother Charles this morning about my nephew. I am just going to put the whole message here.

I want to thank all of you who put Charles J in your thoughts and prayers.

Have a beautiful day!

Good morning everyone. I got back to Ardmore late yesterday afternoon. I had talked with CJ (Charles Joseph) at about 8:00, but he had not heard the results yet (it was only 5:00 there). He called me at 1:00 this morning with GREAT NEWS!!!!. He will not have to have the surgery on Saturday. He will however still have to have the spinal tap.

Let me try to explain what they found.

They performed a MRI, CRI, blood work, and other tests yesterday. Several weeks ago, CJ had a sudden loss of the ability to interpret words. The letters and numbers appeared all mixed up. The doctors diagnosed it as dyslexia. They took all kinds of tests and found nothing wrong other than he couldn’t read. After awhile his abilities returned and they continued to test. What the tests showed yesterday was that the blood showed a chemical imbalance in his system. This imbalance caused his blood pressure to elevate. That elevation caused swelling in some arteries in his brain which in turn caused them to put pressure on some nerves and areas that control the language function of the brain. This caused the dyslexia. Once the pressure returned to normal, his capabilities returned also. This swelling in the arteries was verified in yesterdays tests – they noticed a movement in the arteries in his brain from the MRI. They saw a reduction in the size of the arteries and this with the fact of the chemical imbalance cause the doctors to determine the problem. The great news is that this chemical imbalance can be controlled by medication. They told him yesterday that he would not have to have the surgery.

There was a very relieved young man on the phone this morning and a joyful and thankful father. I will not be flying up to Alaska. He said that he doesn’t need me for the spinal tap. The doctors are going to continue to monitor him because what they found in him may be a reason that others have dyslexia. This chemical imbalance that they found may be in others and therefore a potential solution/cure for dyslexia. Some of the experts/scientists that they called in for CJ’s situation are very interested in this diagnosis and want to continue to study him. Should be free if that is the case.

Anyway, long story short, God is the Great Healer!!!! I give him all the praise and glory for educating the doctors and giving them the skill to interpret these tests and the results. Praise the Lord!!

Thank you for all your prayers, love, and support. CJ really felt this worldwide network. He thanks you from the bottom of his heart as do I. He is going to come down to Oklahoma sometime in Jan-Mar 2007.


happyowl said...

I am so happy to hear the good news about your nephew. Please keep us(me) posted on his progress.

Brightest blessings to you all


Kati said...

Yeah, Glad to hear your nephy won't need surgery!!!! May the spinal tap be as painless and quickly done as possible, and may the meds cause no additional sideaffects. (If I may ask, where in AK were you headed??? I'm in the Fairbanks area.)