Monday, February 9, 2009


What can I add? :)

Okay, I guess I can add that it was snowy this morning. It took us an hour and a half total for a drive that usually is around 50 minutes. But that was the worst part of the day. For me, at least. Jacob would vote having the IV as the worst part of the day for him.

After the IV placement in his hand and blood draw in the outpatient lab, we were off to Medical Imaging where we had the shortest wait in, well, ever. We hadn't been sitting down two minutes when they took him for the chest X-ray. And while he was gone for that, they came looking for him to take back to MRI. All told, we were out of the hospital (for the first time) at 10:15.

Then it was off to Hot Topic (for Jake) and Cheesecake Factory (for me) to kill a couple hours until our clinic appointment with his oncologist at 1:00. A brief hiccup when we arrived in clinic--they sent us back down to MRI because "they want to take a couple more pictures."

In the 120 seconds it took us to get down to MRI, I managed not to freak out. The doctor who read the scans was waiting for us and the first words out of his mouth were "The treatment area looks perfect." So then I could breathe again and listen to the rest of what he had to say. There was a small spot on the very edge of the MRI field that he wanted to look at better. So Jake laid back down and ten minutes later we were back in the familiar surroundings of the Hematology/Oncology clinic.

Where we got to hear Dr. Afify pronounce both the scans and Jacob as perfect. I'm getting to like that word. When she was finished with the exam and asking about school and commenting on his hair, she said, "Jacob is one of those patients that makes my job effortless."

Let's keep it that way, shall we?

Thanks for the prayers that got us here. Now I can breathe freely for the next 3 months.

Friday, February 6, 2009

We Might Need a New Picture

'Cause I really don't recognize the bald Jacob anymore.

I figure it's a good thing that this site lies dormant for weeks at a time. Awfully nice to not be driving to Huntsman every weekday as we were last February, or spending the night in the hospital every three weeks, or taking his temperature obsessively when he didn't feel well.

The downside is he has to go to school every day. But he's being brave about it.

Just a quick note to let you know that he will have his first off-treatment scans on Monday, February 9. MRI and chest CT. We should have the results that afternoon during our clinic visit. Feel free to pray that the scans remain clear as they have been since last spring. Scanxiety has reared its head around here and I can't wait until Monday is over.