Not A Good MRI
The spot the doctors have been watching has gotten larger, enough so that Dr. Nabors is concerned and wants to do a biopsy. This morning he had the neurosurgeons and tumor board at UAB review Gorman’s MRIs and they agreed. All signs point to it being just scar tissue because Gorman has no symptoms of a recurrence, plus the MRI does not indicate blood flow to this area (tumors need a supply of oxygen) but they want to be sure. When you are talking about the brain, a needle biopsy is difficult but it is possible to drill a hole through the scull (is your head aching yet?) and insert the needle. But this morning we met with Dr. James Markert, Director of Neurosurgery, and because of all the arteries in this area, he will reopen the old incision to do the biopsy and thus, it becomes major brain surgery, again. So surgery is scheduled at UAB for next Tuesday, April 2. We wanted it done today, right now, as soon as possible but that’s not the way the medical world works, of course.
We have just gotten home from Birmingham, exhausted, but happy to be home. By the way, the MRI also showed terrible blockage in Gorman’s left sinus. This has been hanging around for months, despite a round of antibiotics but they want this on the road to being healed by next Tuesday so he starts tonight on more antibiotics.
So yesterday we were both walking around like a couple of zombies after the MRI news but we have settled down, prayed, held on to one another and know without a doubt that our Lord is walking with us. We feel that peace only He can give and we feel all the prayers of you, our dear friends. We know that all will be well, whatever the outcome, we will be fine.