On Monday morning, Evan and I will be going to the oncologist. And we are praying that we will not need to see him for a very long time. Nothing personal, we love our Doctor (and Dupont Children's Hosp). We just would like to limit our visits to once a year. You may be wondering why Evan sees an oncologist...
When Evan was born, 2005, he had a very large tumor at the base of his spine. The tumor was the size of his head! Through a program for orphans in China called "The Tomorrow Plan", he received the surgery he needed to remove it. But during a follow up check up 4 months later, it appeared to be growing once again.
(This is not Evan, but his tumor was similar to this)
In the meantime, the Lord had led us to this dear sweet son of ours and brought him home in 2006. He came home in Sept, and had another surgery in Oct. to remove the regrowth. But once a biopsy was done, it was determined that it was not growing back, it was left over from the original tumor...
At that time the tumor team felt it was necessary to monitor and test him monthly with blood work and CT scans every three months to make sure nothing is growing back. Then taper it off in time. Well, he is down to every 6 months now.
(Waking up...Dec 2007)
Evan recently had his 6 month CT and blood work and we are scheduled to see the Doctor on Monday to discuss the results. If all is well, I'm praying we will not need to do this for another year. He needs to be sedated before his scan and requires IV, etc. He hates it, I hate it. And I don't like the idea of so many scans. Even if the doc says to scan him again in 6 months, I'm praying about saying no...in a year... or maybe in 9 months. There is a risk involved with being exposed to so many scans. Not to mention doses of medication needed to put him out. Not to mention how traumatic this can be to a 3 year old.
He is so brave, and such a good boy. Pray for us, for wisdom and to hear from God.