Caring Bridge Site


Tiffany has set up a Caring Bridge site. It is not filled in yet, but we will get to it shortly. It is located at:
 
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Friday morning


We have now confirmed that the mass is cancerous. We are now figuring out staging to determine prognosis. No matter what, she will have six months or more of treatments, including chemotherapy. It is not the hand I would have like to have been dealt, but it is the one I must play with. I will write more when I have more news. 

Thursday morning update


Two bits of good news over the last day. First, her bone scan came back normal. I am not completely sure what this means, but I know it is good news. Second, they do not see other masses in her torso, although they still have to rescan the right side lung.
 
She is a bit moody and tired of being in the hospital but she is eating and the fever is better. Today or tomorrow we should find out what is wrong and what the next steps are.
 
On the other side, we still have three other girls. We sat them down with Child Life yesterday and talked a bit about what was going on. All of the children are a bit distanced from it. They have homework to write down a question they want to know about Miranda.

Morning Update


The procedure was successful and they have what they need to determine what is happening with Miranda. Now we just have to wait two or three days to find out what is wrong. She is doing better fever wise, but needs to start eating and drinking to be let go.
 
For those following the blog, I have removed a couple of entries at Tiffany’s request. I am a very open person, so I am more inclined to talk about everything. She is more reserved and feels uncomfortable about it. As I respect her deeply and love her dearly, I am agreeing to respect her wishes on specifics, especially when nobody is 100% sure what we are dealing with. I will definitely let everyone know how she was doing and will update what is happening when there is more firm information.

Scan planned


The sectional CT scan and the biopsy are scheduled for 3 PM today. They are going to scan the full trunk and also do two sticks, guided by either ultrasound or CT. The first is to biopsy the mass. The second is to get some of the fluid surrounding the mass. The fluid is likely from the pleura, but they want to check and make sure. She will likely be under a bit more than an hour.

Morning update


Miranda is not on the schedule yet for the biopsy. My wife talked to the resident this morning and she was going to find out when she would be scheduled this morning. I am heading over to the hospital shortly to see what is going on. I will update as soon as I know more. 

Dinner time update


I have been mushroomed through much of this and I only get small amounts of information. I am finding that some of the information I have is incorrect.
 
I now have a clarification that the mass is NOT liquid, but there is liquid around it. I would guess this is the white blood cells attacking the infection source (the mass?). They took an X-Ray and the liquid has increased in volume, so it is a critical time to get some antibiotics in her system to fight the infection. We can then focus on the mass.
 
THeyhave tried six times to get an IV started and it finally took in her foot. Her case has been turned over to haematology and oncology, so blood and masses (potentially cancer?) are the focus now. She is still in an emergency room bed, as there are no rooms at the inn.
 
I feel a bit blind at this moment, as I am separated from my wife and child, so I have to trust in God and the doctors that are caring for her.
 
I thank each of you for your prayers. They are appreciated.
 
Peace and Grace,
Greg