Update on my son

Well, lately good things have been happening.

First, we found out that the lump on the back of my son’s head is simply a dermoid cyst, a benign saclike growth present since birth created by leftover embryonic cells.

Of all the things that it could be, this is the best.

Then, there was a question of how much the cyst was growing into his skull.

If there was significant growth, then he’d have to get part of his skull removed along with the cyst.

This type of surgery requires a neurosurgeon.

Well, yesterday we found out there is no involvement of the bone.

Meaning, my son has a benign growth that can be removed without any removal of his skull.

Woop woop!

The neurosurgeon is still going to perform the surgery on account of the cyst’s location on the back of his skull, but theoretically a pediatric surgeon could perform the surgery.

Of course, no surgery is without risk.

Especially one that involves general anesthesia.

And there is the risk of blood loss since surgery on the head is usually accompanied by significant bleeding.

So in all likelihood, we will need to donate blood for his surgery.

But no cancer.

No bone loss.

And for this I am truly thankful.

Life Goes On

Sorry I went AWOL on my blog for a few days.

As it turns out, producing a weekend long campout in the mountains AND dealing with your son’s upcoming neurosurgery simultaneously has made it challenging to blog on a regular basis.

Rest assured I will make every attempt to keep up with the flow.

My son had a CT scan yesterday that took 4 hours.

Why did it take 4 hours?

Because the Radiologist had to be consulted to make sure the right test was run.

Something that COULD have been figured out AHEAD OF TIME, but at least they were cautious.

The CT scan was done for the sole purpose of seeing how much of my son’s skull is compromised by the dermoid cyst.

As I’ve said earlier, my son needs to have a portion of his skull taken out in order to fully remove the cyst so it won’t grow back.

I appreciate that the doctors are insistent that we run all the necessary tests so that they know what they’re dealing with BEFORE they cut.

So there you have it in a nutshell.

The latest and greatest in my life.

Oh, and today is my oldest son’s 19th birthday!

So there will some celebrating despite the stress I’m under.

Life goes on.

And so will this blog.