On vacation last week, my wife noticed my son squinting all the time with just one eye and also that his smile seemed just a little off. Something only a mother would notice. She took him to the ophthalmologist Monday, and the Dr. sent him for an MRI that day. By the time we got home, there where 2 call from the ophthalmologist, and one from a neurosurgeon. He had a tumor and we needed to check him into the hospital right away.
Last night my son had brain surgery. One tumor near the cerebellum was removed, but another in the brain stem remains. Medular Blastoma it is. Now we wait for the results of the biopsy and a treatment plan. Radiation, chemo, or both starting in about 3 weeks.
I was never as scared as I was yesterday. My family and I have it a little more together today. We are taking it one day at a time. Life for us has changed forever it seems. If you don't see much activity from me here, you will know why. Still, I value the knowledge and wisdom of the people I've found here, so I imagine AU will be of great value with my suddenly diminished online time.
That must have been very frightening for both you, your wife and son. How is he handling it? A rough experience for a child of any age.
He is handling it better than either of us! What a trooper, and what a sense of humor he has!
Thanks Curly G! He is 17.
I'm definitely putting my faith in science and medicine. Friends and family are welcome to put theirs in gods.
My thoughts are with your kid and your entire family, Bill. Kids are very resilient and optimistic. I'm sure it is scarier for you and your wife than for him.
We are starting to read up on medulloblastoma, and it's definitely scary! He does have age and health going for him.
That is frightening, not much I can say that hasn't been said.
My sister-in-law is stage four, and had tumors in the brain and down the spine. They used a treatment called radio-static surgery. High doses of precisely targeted radiation. It helped her greatly.
Good to know, Neal.
A good friend of mine, who drinks the Jesus Kool Aide, told me yesterday that you have to remember that everything happens for a reason. I just smiled and went along. I'm in no mood to fight those battles right now.
The idea that everything happens for a reason is B/S based on religious dogma.