Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Mom update

I didn't post for almost a week and now I have so much to say I'm posting twice in an hour.

If you aren't related to me, you may want to skip this post. It really is intended to update the friends and family members who aren't close enough to hear this in person.

Mom had her PET scan last Thursday. Many of you may not have known that her last one showed two "hot spots". They assured us at the time that inflammation can show up that way and said that was probably all she was dealing with, especially considering she was having problems in the arm/shoulder where the largest spot was located. Just to err on the side of caution, a needle biopsy was ordered-but they couldn't get to it.

We were referred to an orthopedic oncologist for his opinion on the PET scan. He was leaving the country the next week so he decided to try physical therapy rather than doing surgery to get a biopsy.

Physical therapy helped her pain and range of motion greatly-and reassured all of us that it probably was an injury, rather than cancer.

Which brings us to yesterday's clinic appointment. Not only is her PET scan "perfect", but since she is two years post-transplant and having no issues, the doctor removed all her previous restrictions.

She was practically walking on clouds when we left his office. She hasn't been able to do certain things due to her immature immune system-things like gardening. She isn't an avid gardener (her back protests too much) but tell someone what they can't do, and what is the thing they most want to do?

So, when spring finally gets here, Mom will be able to go outside and dig around a little. Then when her back starts hurting, she can go back inside, satisfied that she got her hands dirty.

She has been through a lot, but God has been with her every step of the way. He has healed her when the doctors thought she wouldn't make it. He has restored her to a quality of life we didn't know she could have. We have so much to be thankful for.


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