Thursday, August 7, 2008

An Answer

Well first off let me start by thanking everyone for all of their kind words and support! You are all the best and we really feel blessed to have such wonderful friends and family. It has been a crazy week and for those of you whom I talked with at the beginning of it I am doing better and actually feel good about things right now. For those of you whom I have not talked with let me bring you up to speed.

Lorenzo’s Developmental pediatrician called Monday to schedule an appointment to discuss some lab results that had come back. We were able to meet with him and the geneticists and it turns out that Lorenzo has a deletion or loss of copy number in the short arm of chromosome 16. In simpler terms he is missing a small section of his number 16 chromosome. This is found in people with mental retardation as well as autism. So after over 2 years of guess work and different assumptions and guilt as to why Lorenzo is, for lack of a better word “different.” We now have some conclusive evidence as to what is causing all the mayhem. I was a bit freaked out after meeting with the doctors on Tuesday. They had told us they would not give us any info over the phone that they really needed to see both Jeremy and I in person so I was sick all Monday night. Then when we get in there it was not much better as they were really there to pass on some info and to console us. I felt like all we kept hearing was how sorry they were instead of what we need to do now. We already knew he had a problem we just need direction an how best to help him. So while it was nice that they wanted to offer their sympathies I really needed to hear were to go next.

We met with his psychiatrist later that day and passed on the lab results and he said this does make things a bit different but he was much more positive and we both walked out of there feeling better. He has a game plan and gave us some direction as to what we do next. I am so thankful to this doctor. Things have really started to happen with him and he is really concerned about Lorenzo on the whole and not just the psychiatric side of things. He has really helped us and is a great advocate for Lorenzo.

Jeremy and I had been fasting this last weekend and although I failed to see it at the time of these findings I can now see that this was a direct answer to our prayers. We now have what we need to really put pressure on the school, and we hope that things will get better on that front now.

I feel so blessed for so much right now. The testing that they were able to do is called microarray analysis and it is really new and super expensive and most insurance companies will not pay for it. I am so thankful for the navy and the 2 excellent doctors that we have been working with that have not given up trying to find out what is going on with Lorenzo. Most of all I am grateful to a Heavenly Father that always answers our prayers.


Holly said...

I'm glad they found out what the cause has been - and I'm glad the Dr has a plan for you. :) Hopefully the school will wake up and help you - or at least help with tuition for the other school for Lorenzo.

Holly said...

Did you turn off the feed on your blog? It will no longer catch updates on my bloglist.

∂∫∂ Lockhart Clan ∂∫∂ said...

It must be so empowering to finally have an answer to hold onto. What a blessing that is and how amazing to be able to see clearly the Lord on the path the entire time. We will continue to pray for "our Rhode Island friend Lorenzo and his family" (as Zackary says) and wish you well on this continued journey.

Amy, Sam, Zackary, Jacob, Ellie, and Addie :o)

Lisa said...

I just got caught up on your posts here. I'm glad that you are getting answers, and I hope your school will be more helpful now. Lorenzo is a lucky little guy to have parents who go to such lengths for him. We will keep all of you in our prayers.