Monday, August 23, 2010

Headstrong

Today began a weeklong series of tests for Matthew.  The results of these tests will determine what types/levels of chemotherapy and radiation Matthew will need leading up to the stem cell transplant.  Today, he was put under general anesthesia and underwent and MRI, CT Scan, bone marrow biopsy, and an Omayya tapping.  All of this before noon.  We received word this afternoon that the MRI looked great.  So much so, that Matthew will no longer be undergoing cranial radiation (he will only have general / full body radiation).  This is awesome news.  Cranial radiation, to put it bluntly, is extremely nasty shit.  Radiation in general is pretty horrific but to concentrate it on the brain is many times worse.  Needless to say, we are very happy about this.  The road from here his steep and it is great to not have to worry about this.

Back to work for me.  Working a full time job while going through this is the best experience ever!!

7 comments:

Mary (White) Kincaid and family said...

Hang in there.....we're praying for you every day!!

Garbis Grapevine said...

Super happy that the brain is okay!!!!! Keep up the great work, you guys can do it!!!! I am amazed everyday by your strength. Sending positive energy and prayers your way!!!

Carrie said...

Continued prayers for Matthew and your entire family. Happy to hear about not needing the brain radiation.

Jennifer said...

That is great news about radiation. Jacob also did the total body radiation before transplant. Keep strong and your little man will be just fine!
Prayers for Matthew and your family.
Jennifer Kowalik (Jacob's mom)

Don and Steph said...

Great News! We'll be thinking of you guys, hang in there!

Don & Family

R. said...

Great news. Mighty prayers as you warriors enter the battle. I love you guys!

Lara V. said...

Wonderful news...love that noggin!