I am pleased to report that Eliza's MRi was normal. No lesions, cysts, tumors or little green men crawling about in there. And it actually looked pretty spanky for a micro-preemie brain.
So what is causing this right sided weakness?
The jury is still out and I am waiting to hear from neurologist number two, but the "best" explanation is that Eliza's right sided weakness (mainly facial, but also apparent in Eliza's hand and gait) is simply the result of her extreme prematurity and nothing can really be done about it except perhaps thousands more hours of therapy to lessen the symptoms and a further diagnosis to come.
So the next time you hear a pregnant woman bitch and moan about how she "wishes this was over," or ask how she can bring on labor at 35 weeks since she is bored with her pregnancy or that her feet are swollen, or she has to pee every half hour, or that she is planning a 35 week c-section to accommodate her vacation schedule or that she very stupidly thinks that the 24 week mark is some magical mark at which her baby has reached viability and just needs a bit of fattening up, please, send her my way.