When “not normal” really means just fine

Last week we shared some quasi-news about Lola’s recent MRI. This week we are feeling kind of awkward because what we were told wasn’t correct.

That’s right. Lola’s brain is most definitely NOT underdeveloped. In fact, her brain pretty much looks like a “normal” developing brain. Here’s what happened. The initial call from the first doctor gave us incorrect news. We followed up with the Neurologist who said “absolutely not.” He explained that the only thing they can see on the MRI is a typical pattern of children who suffer from migraines. He feels that the migraines are due to vision and environmental stress such as lighting and straining to see. A second opinion and call confirmed this.

At first I was just kinda floating there, like what in the world just happened? And then it hit me. Gratefulness. With every single bit of Lola’s history in consideration it’s a flat out miracle that her brain is developing normally. Her vision alone should prevent some of that from happening. It confirms all the things we have seen in her over the past two years. The constant progress, the rapid learning pattern, the social growth and overcoming many barriers related to her sensory processing disorder.

So, while we have some work to do regarding environmental stress and getting Lola to relax and not tax her eyes… we could not have hoped for a better outcome. The Lord is and continues to be good to us.

About the author


Erica is an advocate for simplicity, family time, making a cozy home and loving others well. She is the community coordinator for One Orphan, the orphan care ministry of America World Adoption Association. Erica and Calvin have four young children; Elliott, Charlotte, Lola and Liam. They currently reside in Nashville, TN.

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