November 01, 2007

The Full Report

So here is the long version of what we were told today. Posting on my phone is so nice, but it makes me want to keep it short and sweet.
First doctor we saw was Jack's original neurosurgeon, the one who had her fingers in Jack's brain and removing the bulk of the tumor almost 3 years ago. We went to what was called clinic today, the dr.'s rotate who attends to clinic, so it is not necessarily your doctor you see. So Dr. Price saw us today and it was so nice to see her again. She has such a calming affect on me, she is like a fresh breeze off an ocean coastline, so needless to say, I love talking with her. She said the news looked good. The scan looked great and she saw no new growth. She would talk to Dr. Weprin and Dr. Timmerman about Jack's current steroid dosage and tapering it, and also on how long they want the hyperbaric treatments to continue.
Then Dr. Bower's came in and did an exam on Jack, he reiterated that the scan looked good and he thought Jack looked great. So then we got back home to Abilene with a phone call on the answering machine from Dr. Timmerman, Jack's radiologist, the dr. who performed the Gamma Knife Radiation treatment. He said we were going to SLOWLY decrease Jack's steroid dosage, so we are now giving him meds 3 times a day rather than 4. I am supposed to call Dr. T back in 2 weeks with a progress report on Jack, then he might lower it a bit more. I talked with him for a few more minutes about Jack's side effects from the radiation and then I asked him, how large the tumor looked currently. And he said..."I don't see any tumor anymore, all I see is radio-necrosis." I shook my head, and said, "What did you just say?" He repeated it again, I don't see any tumor, just necrosis. Which he said can be larger than the irradiated tumor. I said, "Really?" So then he said that we need to wait for Jack's brain to heal from the radiation and that it could take years, so there is still healing that needs to take place, but if he is right then the tumor is gone. He said the Hyperbaric Oxygen is obviously helping Jack and he wants to continue for another 30 treatments. Then he said that Jack's brain was in very bad shape just 6 weeks ago and has made significant improvements. Probably good that I didn't know the "bad shape" Jack's brain was in - or atleast not to the extent of it anyway.
But that is neither here nor there except to be thankful and grateful for the good shape he is in now.
So the good news was abundant today. In all things praise God, good or bad, praise God. I have praised Him many times today and I will continue to praise Him.
Jack is due to have his eye surgery on November 20th - please continue to lift Jack up to the Father, and praise Him along with us.


Susan said...

Hi Tammy,

I've your articles on Heartlight and always enjoy them.

I emailed you once about your son Jack, and I'm just so blessed to read this wonderful report!

My son has a brain tumor, if I'm not mistaken like Jack's.

Your blog is just beautiful!

So glad I found it tonight.

Blessings to you!


Roxanne said...

I can't believe it's been that long since "This little light of mine" was able to make him smile after his surgery. I am so thrilled at the good news. Thank you for sharing the information--and even though I've never laid eyes on you OR Jack, big hugs to you both.

shellie said...

Thanks for sharing the wonderful news Tammy. You knew in your heart the news would be good, but it is a blessing to hear those words from the doctors. Ashley is very faithful to remember Jack in her prayers and we will not cease to lift him up.

Linda said...

Praise God......I will continue to pray for Jack as he continues the treatments and just keeps getting better and better. Blessings, Linda

Amber Joy said...

I'm praising so hard that I'm crying!

Yay God!

Scott F said...

Hallelujah! What a wonderful day to be thankful in praise! I know that every day this should be the case, but days like this make it SO easy to do to where it just comes bursting out!

Cathy Messecar said...

Oh, I'm tearing up and bouncing with joy in South Texas. Hooray! Hooray!

Like you said, praises should ring out. Eeven through gray rain, the trees in reality are green.

I join you in praise to God for this sunshiny news....Cathy

karene said...

We are so very thankful with you!

Anonymous said...

I cry often with your posts and this is no different. Some are sad tears but today is an overabundance of joy and praise. Horray Jack. We love you.

Becky and family

Anonymous said...

We too, praise God for the good report,you recieved about Jack. What an awsome God we have. Hugs, Glenda

Mount Ohana said...

We are so very happy!!!

Thank you, God!!!

We just love Jack and your whole family.

Vanessa and Nic

Jan & Tom said...

Tom and I are so delighted at this awesome news!!!

Hugs to all of you!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Tammy,
I came to your blog today to thank you for putting me on to Amy Stroup's music, and now I'm so happy to hear about Jack's good report! Praise to God from Tennessee for you all too!!
I thank God for you, Tammy.

Anonymous said...

We are thrilled with the excellent report! We will keep praying! Love you all. Jacki

christycate said...

Praise, Praise, PRAISE the Lord! I love you all and am SO thankful for God's everpresent grace and mercy!