Monday, April 19, 2010

Trip to Mayo: Day 1
Today was a very long one at the Mayo Clinic, but an encouraging one. My son had an early morning appointment with a specialist, so that meant that I had to wake up much earlier than I would normally like to. Ahh -- the sacrifices we parents make!

Although nothing is ever certain, it seems likely at this point that we won't find out the most terrible news -- that the cancer has spread far. This type of cancer, unfortunately, tends to spread to the lungs if it spreads. His chest x-ray came out clean. Yea! This is a very good sign. It does not mean cancer has not spread -- but it is great news.

We were surprised to hear that even though the pathology reports identified cancer as the likely diagnosis, our specialist said that the biopsies of this type of cancer are often wrong. We will only find out for sure when they take out the mass.

My son is scheduled for surgery sometime tomorrow. We will find out what time later tonight. The best case scenario is that they will find out that the mass is indeed benign, the surrounding nerve is not damaged, and he will be okay. We are certainly hoping for this. He would need to be in the hospital for only one night and we would be on our way home within 48 hours. If cancer is found, there will need to be additional tissue removed and at least an additional night in the hospital.

Thanks to all you great bloggers for your care, concern, prayers, good karma, and good vibes. We are optimistic tonight and hope to be able to give you a great report tomorrow.

A special thanks to OhCaptain, who served as our unofficial tour guide for the clinic and surrounding area. We had lunch together and were able to even discuss the next December blogger gathering!

I plan on playing in tonight's BBT5 match. Cya on the virtual felt.

17 Comments:

Blogger OhCaptain said...

You guys are in my thoughts tonight. It's my pleasure to help you guys with any you need. Keep me posted!

9:21 PM  
Blogger Memphis MOJO said...

That's great news, thanks for the update.

9:52 PM  
Blogger SmBoatDrinks said...

Best wishes for a speedy recovery for you son!

10:08 PM  
Blogger Mondogarage said...

Your family continues in my thoughts, and for a successful procedure tomorrow, soon to be followed by even better news. Thanks for keeping us posted. Be well.

11:15 PM  
Blogger bastinptc said...

36, I missed your post from last week. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with your son and your family.

11:58 PM  
Blogger yestbay said...

I hope all goes well for your son and that the results are the best they can be. Positive vibes are headed your way.

6:23 AM  
Blogger The Poker Meister said...

GL and run good to your son. A speedy recovery from the biopsy surgery.

8:17 AM  
Blogger Wolfshead said...

here's hoping for the best case.

8:28 AM  
Blogger Dr. Pauly said...

Good vibes.

9:43 AM  
Blogger dbcooper said...

Thoughts are with you and your family

11:07 AM  
Blogger Josie said...

Lightbulb, thanks for posting the update...you've been on my mind...hoping things progress how you'd like.

There's a bloggers' gathering in december??? How does one join this club?

12:03 PM  
Blogger Crash said...

Sending concentrated vibes from one part of Minnesota to another.

2:43 PM  
Blogger BigPirate said...

Still sending out thoughts and prayers for your Son and the whole family,

3:19 PM  
Blogger Drizztdj said...

Sending good vibes down south to Rochester. :)

4:09 PM  
Blogger genomeboy said...

Hope everything went well...

7:24 PM  
Blogger BWoP said...

You and your family continue to be in my thoughts . . .

I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to say hello to you in chat.

10:52 PM  
Blogger Riggstad said...

Mojo and Karma and prayers... even had my kids include a quickie before bed time to the lightning family!

8:07 AM  

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