Wow it's been a fun and busy fall. Ben and Alex competed well through football tournament play. Although we lost in the final round to go to the Super Bowl, they played tough and with heart. We're so proud of them. Chris is glad to move onto focusing on Big Red Basketball... his teams are practicing well and it's nice to have a couple of extra nights free again now that football has come to an end.
Wynnie is getting brain surgery performed on Thursday for his hydrocephalus. He has an obstruction in his brain that is not allowing the fluids to properly drain, thus it's putting a tremendous amount of pressure on his brain and has forced his head to grow at an abnormally fast rate (compared to the rest of his body). After a cat scan and a sedated MRI, it was clear from his neuro surgeon Dr. Sacco that his quality of life was highly dependent on moving forward with the surgery. Instead of doing a typical shunt procedure (where is foreign object is placed within in brain to facilitate draining), he suggested doing a ETV (Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy). With ETV, they drill a tiny hole in the floor of the 3rd ventricle to allow for a new "natural" way of draining the cerebrospinal fluid. All the pressure on his brain has slowed his development (both physical and social). Dr Sacco said we should see a reverse of this regression within the first couple of weeks of surgery. If left untreated, excessive pressure on the sections of the brain that control the heart, lungs and movement could prove fatal to Wynnie so we agreed with the doctor to move forward at quickly and cautiously as possible. Although it's major brain surgery, if all goes well as expected, he could be sent home within a day after surgery.
So keep Wynnie in your prayers as his nugget goes from supersized to regular :)
Ben and Alex are excited about the upcoming holidays and have fun finding their Elf "Jacob Lester" every morning. Due to their inattentiveness, they allowed Luna to poop inside the house while Chris and I took a quick 36 hour trip to Indianapolis for the husker's Big 10 football championship game. When we came back I wanted Jacob Lester to leave them a note of his disappointment in their care for Luna and have a trail of chocolate chips behind his bottom. Chris deemed it inappropriate although I thought it was the funniest thing ever so I will just have to keep that gag to myself.
Well I'm off to a work meeting in downtown, but just wanted to update everyone on what's going on in Johnsonville. Late breaking news... Viktoria, our nanny, got ENGAGED over the weekend!! We are very happy for her!! I think Ben is jealous. Dori is beyond angry with the news... she is his girl. :)