Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Thomas's Story, Part 1 of 3


The way it usually works is this: new mother says to the pediatrician, “Doctor, my baby is irritable and running a slight fever. Clearly he has a brain tumor.” And the pediatrician says, “Oh, sweetheart, don’t be silly. It’s just an ear ache.”

So imagine my surprise when the situation was reversed. As the nurse checked Thomas out for his six month appointment, I explained how Thomas had some symptoms left over, I thought, from various recent illnesses.

She checked his head size three times. I figured I was distracting her with my senseless talk about symptoms that were obviously typical kid stuff. But she kept asking questions, and I found myself answering yes. Has he been particularly irritable lately? Has he been hitting his head or crossing his eyes? and finally, have his developmental milestones slowed down recently? Now that you mention it, yes.

She brought in the pediatrician. “Mom,” the doctor said, because we’re just Mom or Dad at the pediatrician’s office, “I have some concerns. I’m not certain what it is, but this is very serious. They’re going to test and see if it’s perhaps a tumor or maybe meningitis. I’ve called Children’s Hospital in Dallas, and they’re ready to admit you when you arrive. You should call your husband.”

Nothing really registered except the last part. Scott had the first exam of his graduate career that night. “Can I wait until we know what it is before I call Scott?”

Our pediatrician looked at me puzzled, and then very kindly, and I replayed what he’d just said in my mind. That’s when I started to cry.


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4 Comments:

At 5:21 AM, Blogger shannon said...

you need to disignate this website as "not work safe" - specifically because you'll probably end up crying while you read it also.

 
At 1:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Sarah&Scott, I read the article in the paper and saw the beautiful picture of your sweet baby boy. My heart goes out to yall. How is it going today? I don't have much moneybut would like to help somehow.Please let me know.My name is Gail Miller.

 
At 12:05 PM, Blogger Kim12872 said...

Dear Scott, Sara and Thomas,

We know your Grandparents in Odessa - we all go to church together...know this...we're all praying daily for you guys.

Be expecting something from all of us very soon...we'll try to do our best to help out as much as we can.

God's got a plan for that little man of yours...so know he's gonna do well and be strong before you know it!

We're praying and will continue to lift you all up as well!

Love you all!

 
At 3:25 PM, Anonymous candy lane said...

Sarah, I teach with Angela Serna. At this moment I am living in Houston (for the second time)helping my 27yr. old fight to get his life back from a form of leukemia. He has been fighting for three yrs. now. The part of Thomas' story that hit home with me was when the doctor told you the hospital was waiting for you, and you were just having a checkup to find out why he had a few symptoms of something you knew wasn't serious. I just told my son about your son and we both sat quietly pondering the unfairness of it all. However, I am thankful that your support group is far-reaching! Angela knew I would pray for Thomas and that I knew just what you were going through. She and her family are prayer warriors. They make me feel safe in God's arms and I am blessed because she asked me to pray for your family. I can tell you are strong...but I also know how you feel when that overwhelming rush of where are we and what has happened to our life comes over you. Just know you are not alone. My son's address is www.caringbridge.org/tx/clintbowers
Give Thomas a hug for me. Candy Lane

 

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