Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Thomas's Story, Part 3 of 3

So I walked back in after the surgery and I remember my dad standing up, and I thought, that's right, that's right.

But I had good news. From what I have heard, most infants don't survive ependynomas because the tumor is too large and too tangled up in their nerves by the time it is found. Thomas's tumor -- we found out Thomas has probably had his own tumor, unique as a snowflake, all along -- "released easily" according to our neurosurgeon. When he said this, he made the motion your hand makes when it lets go of the refrigerator door. In my mind, the evil rams-horn tumor face lifted off the stage and flew back to wherever it came from in the rafters.

So Thomas has a pretty good shot given the fact that our neurosurgeon seems to have removed the entire tumor. At least, that's what our oncologist says (We got our very own oncologist before the week was out). He says that if Thomas was older, he'd radiate right away, but that no one does that on six month old babies whose brains are still developing. So we wait. Six months of chemo to hold that evil rams-horn tumor at bay, and then we get to radiate the sucker into smithereens. That's the plan anyway.

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At 7:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm praying for your son and I know he will recover. God will be with him.

At 3:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have faith. God answers prayers.

At 9:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Psalm 121
A song of ascents.1 I lift up my eyes to the hills— where does my help come from? 2 My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. 3He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; 4 indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. 5The LORD watches over you— the LORD is your shade at your right hand; 6 the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. 7The LORD will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; 8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and for evermore.

At 2:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will pray for you and your family. There is no need to worry let the LORD do his work and take care of your son.
I wish you and your family hope.

At 5:32 PM, Anonymous Christi Beard said...

I'm sorry to hear about little Thomas. You guys are in my prayers...every day.

At 6:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know this must be a hard time. don't give up hope is ther. YOur whole family is in my prayers. I hope little thomas get well very soon. Keep Faith in God
God Bless YOur family and your son

At 7:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My son was in Mr. Bickle's science class. The kids miss him. We are so sorry for this sickness to be happening to your baby. We are sorry for your baby, and we are sorry for your family. He is such a cute little kido. We want you to know you are not forgotten, but remembered and thought of, and cared about.

At 7:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not trying to worsen your hospital bills worries, but most likly first the bills will get worse, then the hospital bill collectors will negotiate.

Hospital bills are overwhelming for everyone in the hospital. Hospitals know this and are negotiable. Even if a balance after insurance goes on your credit report as unpaid, the sky will not fall. Insurance will take about one year to sort out, and creditors might put it on your credit report earlier than one year. It seems frustrating, but it is the way insurance and health care bills roll in 2006. Don't let these bills depress you, you have more important things to do.

Wishing you only the best


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