Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Family Update

A bunch of you have asked, so first of all:  thanks for asking.  It's good to be cared about and cared for as a family.

I took the Peanut up to Dallas to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children this past week.  The Bear and the Ninja stayed home with the Queen and went to school and did things that kids their ages do.  Yes, they got to go shopping for new jeans and so forth too.  I know.  I know.  Excitement abounds.

But I digress...

The point of the visit to Scottish Rite was to have an MRI done to see what was up with Peanut's arms, her muscles, her joints, etc.  Some may not know that she was born with arthrogryposis and has complications pertaining thereto.  So the question that we were hoping the MRI would answer is whether or not the tricep-tendon transfer surgery would work.

I heard a phrase I've never heard before:  evacuated anterior cavity.  Peanut has no bicep.  Nada.  Zero.  Zilch.  Zip.

The good news?  The surgery is a go.  Can you call surgery good news?  I guess so.  And in this case, we're praying for a good outcome which will mean she gets a whole new level of function that she's never had before.

Now the question that haunted me throughout this deal was answered by my completely awesome, Doctor of Physical Therapy wife:  how can a tricep tendon help us out because it seems that the triceps muscle would work against itself when it fired.

Ready for the answer?  You're not ready.  Get ready.

This particular tendon is innervated by a different nerve.  The rest of the muscle has another nerve completely.  Peanut will learn to fire that nerve only and it will contract her triceps but flex her elbow.


When my wife told me that, I literally thought, "I know who made it like that.  I know who did that!"  I knew that when God wired the body together, He knew that one day my Peanut was going to need a functional bicep.  So a little extra wiring and booyah.

We are fearfully and wonderfully made.

But that's just me thinking thoughts...


  1. God is an amazing and loving designer. So happy for your little peanut. We'll be praying for the sugery.

  2. Overjoyed to hear that this should all work out. Praying for the surgery and following PT are all highly successful. Remembering that God is capable of way beyond our highest thoughts or desires.