The results of the MRI are in.
The shadow they thought was an angioma wasn’t.
It’s scar tissue.
Turns out Little Man had a stroke before he was born, which is causing all of his problems. Guess that explains why it’s his right side that’s predominantly affected.
In one of those bad-but-good situations (bittersweet?) we were told “Well, if you have to have a stroke, it’s best to have one before age 2.” Since he’s still so young, his body is malleable and adaptable. There’s a good chance that he’ll be able to regain full use of his legs and arm and all that good stuff.
He had a pediatric appointment yesterday, and he’s quite a bit underweight (off the bottom of the chart for his age), but he’s growing taller so the pediatrician isn’t worried yet. He got 4 vaccinations, which he cried during but then immediately forgot about as soon as I sat him up.
While I’m relieved to finally have a definite answer instead of wondering “Is it this? Is it that?” I admit I do feel a bit “Say wha?!” but I’m not freaking out or anything. I don’t know what this diagnosis means yet for the future. For now I’m just going to take it one day at a time, and one test at a time.