February 07, 2007

Round Trip to Dallas

Our quick trip - in and out of Dallas in a day went well. We got home in time for Jack to run around the children's wing in the church for 45 minutes before church began. He needed to stretch those legs after a day of sitting in a car and in a doctors office. The visit with the radiologist went well. The facility we went to is a part of UT Southwestern. The radiologist spelled out the process to us and gave us the pro's and con's and said that he would recommend the gamma knife. So we signed the paperwork, and they gave Jack a look over and we were on our way back home. The procedure will take place within the next month, still no date. Now that we have signed the paperwork they will find a time that will work for all of the people involved. The radiologist said that pedi radiation is a big rigamaroe. They will do the procedure at the Zale Lipsky hospital which has an underground tunnel through Parkland Hospital and then to Children's Hospital. They will have a pediatric neurosurgeon and a pediatric anasthesiologist come over from Children's then they will meet with the radiologist to do the procedure. From beginning to end it is about a 7 hour process. Jack will be under general anasthesia the whole time. They will do an MRI, then the computer will graph out the plan, then put something called a halo, which looked more like a helmet to me on Jack's head, and affix it with 4 pins, to keep it precisely in place. Then the procedure will take place and I think that actually takes about an hour. So after all that is completed then Jack will wake up. There are risks involved but I am not going to write them all out, because that could just freak me and you out needlessly. We are just praying for the best and trusting in the Lord. Thank you for your prayers and keep on praying.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to let you know that prayers for Jack are going up daily in Grants. He has been on our prayer list continually the last two years. We like you'll are praying that this will completely remove the tumor. We are lifted up by your expressions of faith everyday when I read your blog. We love you'll so much and are praying for healing for Jack. The pictures of the Birthday Parties were so fun! Hope to see you'll soon.
Love,
David & Sally Stewart

Anonymous said...

Dear Tammy,
I am a friend of Elaine's and have met you in the past but I'm sure you won't remember me. Just wanted you to know that the church in Grants is praying for Jack's full, complete and speedy recovery. God is faithful and He loves Jack so much. I was so encouraged to read about you and about your trip to Dallas. I'm believing God will work a miracle here. Thank you for your faith and obedience to our Lord.
Jeanne Killough
PS Does Elaine have an email address? If so, could you send it to me at nanajmk@yahoo.com? Thanks so much. Please give her my love.

Anonymous said...

We are praying and will continue to every night.
Love, The Farrs from AZ

Anonymous said...

Your faith and positive outlook is awesome. If I were in your position, I'd freak out and try to justify myself to the Lord; but because of that, I'll start prayers (not big on prayer) for Jack's full recovery. God bless U.

Wairimu
Nairobi - Kenya