Today started very early for Dave, Gerrit and I. We aren’t early risers, but we managed to get to the children’s hospital, in downtown Atlanta, by 8:00 a.m. – right on time! (with morning traffic, it’s a little over an hours drive.)
After he was registered and “tagged”, we headed over to radiology and prepared for the “tunnel”! We found out that he was getting dye (so the doc can see everything clearer) and had to have an IV. No big deal really… for us. He wasn’t real happy, but nobody likes getting an IV.
The nurse just loved him because he has such wonderful big veins! She actually said, “OH Gerrit, I love you! You’re every nurses dream!” I am sure after trying to get IV’s into tiny little arms every day… his big veins were a welcome break.
He doesn’t stomach seeing blood very well, so the nurse covered up the area where it had spilled all over (as it came pouring out of those great veins!) with a towel!
At the last-minute I opted out of going in and sitting with him during the scan. He can’t see us anyway, it’s VERY loud, the chairs are very uncomfortable, and I had some things to do along with me, so I stayed in his little room with the news on. It was actually nice. I got a lot done!
So he and his dad went off to the big magnet tunnel.
Even though we joked around, and laughed about stuff, tensions were high. It’s like we couldn’t wait to find out the results – and yet we wanted to enjoy these last few minutes of “normal” before having to deal with the stress of the bad news. Not being pessimistic really… just more emotionally prepared this time.
After about a 45 minute scan, we headed over to see the doctor.
(Just like last years picture only he’s bigger and I’m older!)… right before the doc came in.
its GREAT news!!
The cyst in his spine has not gotten any bigger. It’s not any smaller either, :( but just so long as it’s not bigger… we are good to go! No exploratory surgery. No drainage device put in. AND… we can go two years until the next MRI (unless he has some symptoms of course – then we would head back in before then).
We are so grateful, excited, elated and crazy happy! We praise the Lord for answering our prayers! And we want to thank all of you who have been keeping him in your prayers too! Thank you, Thank you!!
On the way home, as the sun came out from behind the rain clouds, I thought of all the trips we’ve made up there to the hospitals. All the IV’s that kid has had in his lifetime, and how many times we, as his parents, have had to hand him back over to God. I was feeling so grateful and blessed right then… knowing that God has had Gerrit in his arms the whole time. He’s been holding us as well. I know he has great plans for Gerrit. Great plans… and I can’t wait to see what those are!
So, thank you again for your kind words and prayers for Gerrit.
Now, off to a good nights sleep!
Hugs to all,