Thanks be to God! If ever there was going to be a positive end to this rollercoaster year it would have to be this way.
Today Evan had a 5 hour ordeal for getting the ‘urgent’ PET/CT scan after the conforming diagnosis of malignant melanoma. Following a failed IV start, the good Samaritan nurses from the slow pediatrics department came and got things going. FDG radioactive sugar was put in his blood stream, and radio-opaque dies were ingested. 45 minutes later, a 15 minute procedure is started, completed and we were sent home at 2:00 pm. We leave with little hope of any news before Thursday at the earliest.
However, Attending Radiologists stayed late, and one particular Pediatric Oncologist Resident stayed later. Scans were read, additional research was conducted, and phone calls were made.
At 7:00 pm, Dr. Griener called with this news: As of December 31, 2007 there were no readily observable metastatic lesions. As of December 31, 2007 there was no abnormal ‘FDG’ uptake even at the original excision site.
What happens next? God knows! But we will celebrate a new beginning this evening with the four elements most closely associated with this season: LOVE, PEACE, HOPE and this evening a greater sense of JOY.