After twelve wonderful hours of sleep I woke up with such a smile on my face. Yesterday David was in rare form making us laugh and enjoying our undivided time. Because the visit included no IV, no labs, etc... he was not worried at all and did great in the CT machine.
After the CT we grabbed some lunch in the hospital cafeteria then headed over to clinic to wait for the news. Dr. Belyea is truly amazing and came out to check on us and let us know that the server was down and the report could not be read yet. This is the amazing part of the story because we were both ready to hear answers and we were worried, but we both felt peace. As always, when times have been the hardest and scariest during David's journey is when our God has made his presence felt so strongly. You would not have known from watching us that we were waiting on such BIG news. David was being silly, Mike was reading an educational magazine, and I was scrolling my phone and almost fell asleep. That is God's peace and presence!!
Then Dr. Belyea came and got us and sat around a computer with us. Most doctors would have read the radiology report delivered us the news and moved on. It touched my heart that he took the time on a busy clinic day to sit and show our untrained eyes these images. Fist off he showed us the shadow from Friday. Then he showed us the scans from yesterday and the shadow was all gone!!! It truly was just a shadow.
But then he started showing us David's last CT scans from ten months ago. He showed us his ribs and then showed us his ribs from yesterday scans. In ten months one of his ribs has had a change in it and that had to be reported. Dr. B and the radiologist both confirm that this change is not cancer but it was labeled "ground glass opacity" which basically looks like the rib has a bone spur on the end of it. It has either come from a prior infection or it is damage from all the radiation he has had during his journey. In ten months he has not had any lung or respiratory issues.
So it was great news yesterday! We would have preferred for the CT scan to be 100 percent crystal clear but it was not. The doctor assured us that this change in his rib is not cancer but they cannot tell us a definitive answer what it is. Dr. B and the entire team of oncologist and radiologist meet every Friday to talk over cases. He is going to show the team David's this Friday and see if they have any further ideas. Dr. B and I will talk Friday to come up with a return date for a repeat CT. It will be interesting to see what that rib will look like in a few more months.
Thank you dear prayer warriors for your love yesterday. When days are hard and scary you learn how important your circle is and yesterday we felt your prayers and your love. It continues to blow our mind how many folks love our boy and lifted us in prayer yesterday to our mighty and amazing GOD!!