May 7, 2015


We traveled four hours back to Duke Children's Hospital for Ashlyn's MRI.  She hasn't had an MRI for three years so I was a little nervous how the results would look, but I was hopeful. 

The last time we tried to have a scan at Duke, they sedated her with Precedex but Ashlyn wasn't in a deep enough sleep so they had to give her more.  Giving her more Dex resulted in a increased heart rate and her oxygen dropped and they had to stop the scan.  I relayed these concerns to the nurse and doctor this time around.  

For this MRI, the doctor wanted to try to administer Dex through Ashlyn's nose, which would mean, no pokes. (It was a little like a flu mist).  If Ashlyn woke during the scan, then the doctor would use Ketamine, in the form of a shot in her upper thigh, which Ashlyn did end up needing.

Waiting for the sedation to kick in...

After the hour and a half scan, Ashlyn was VERY sleepy and it took a long time for her to wake up.  She ate a few fishy crackers, with her eyes closed, and we were on our way to talk to her neurosurgeon for the results.

Ashlyn continued to sleep in my arms throughout the appointment with Dr. Fuchs.  But, we received great news!!  Ashlyn's scan looked wonderful.  Her brain is right where it should be and the spinal fluid is flowing great as well.  Awesome!!

Dr. Fuchs recommended that Ashlyn return to see her neurologist regarding her headaches.  At this time, we will hold off on that.  Her headaches aren't horrible and I don't want her on medication unless her headaches get unbearable.  She is getting one or two headaches a week, so if that frequency increases, we will see the neurologist.

So, we were on our way, with great news!  Ashlyn continued to sleep and a few hours later she said her belly hurt and she ended up vomiting because of the sedation.  After that, she felt much better and there were no other side effects.

Ashlyn won't need to see the neurosurgeon for one more year!!

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