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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Quick Update

Okay, one more post from me for now.  Just a quick update.

Allyson got through her surgery in about 1/3 of the time she was supposed to.  Such an answered prayer.  They did exactly what they said they would do - get in, get the tumor, and get out.

She has not had any of the possible side effects from the surgery, praise the Lord.  She is walking (slowly but surely), talking, and moving all her very long, long fingers and toes.  :)

She has a three inch scar that starts just after her hairline.  She decided to opt for shaving her entire head so she has a lovely new hairdo that will grow out with time.

She has been home since Friday and her sweet mother-in-law is staying with them for a couple weeks.  My parents have gone home but I have a feeling they will be back before long.

She will return to the hospital in about three weeks for some follow up tests, and we are still awaiting the pathology reports.

Thank you for continuing to pray for the path results as well as a speedy recovery for her.  If you are interested in bringing a meal (sorry to all the people who have asked about this and I haven't responded), here is the link:

Please note that they are asking at this time that the meals be left in the cooler on the porch.  They just aren't quite ready to receive visitors, unless, of course, you have talked to them first!

Thank you for all your calls, emails, and texts.  I am only speaking for myself but I bet my parents would say the same thing - we love receiving them but the response has been so overwhelming that we just can't respond to all of them as quickly as we would like.  We love each of you and are truly, truly grateful for your care for us during this time.


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Awake and Sassy

I'm posting for Allyson until further notice, but know that she will be taking over when she can.

Her surgery, which was estimated to take 3-4 hours, took one.  They got in, got the tumor, and got out.  It wasn't deep, and it did not appear to have "tentacles." Writing that word about a foreign object in your body kinda gags me.  But I digress.

They monitored her motor function during the procedure and said they don't expect any issues.  Mike just texted me to say she is awake and already sassy so I am thinking her speech/emotions are a-okay.

The mass what exactly what they thought, part cystic-looking, part tumor.  It will be shipped to pathology today and we will know what it is and what our next step is, if any, in a couple weeks.

Please continue to pray for her recovery and that her pathology report is extremely boring and uninteresting.

Thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus to us during this time.  Every prayer, text, email, phone call, meal, babysitting, and the countless other acts of kindness you have shown us have not gone unnoticed.  We can never thank you all individually but know we are eternally grateful.


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

So. This is what's happening.

I am a control freak. I thrive on it. I'm good at being in control. I also will be giving up much of my control today. Here's why.

Tuesday evening (3/31/2015), while I was having nighttime prayers with Robin, I had (what we thought was) a mild stroke. An amazingly generous neighbor ran over to watch the girls while Mike and I headed to Baylor to see what was going on. X-rays and CT Scans sent me to Baylor in McKinney for an MRI. And then a second MRI. We spent the day waiting to see a neurologist, and were told they've located a tumor in my right frontal lobe. (Shocking, right? I know, we thought so, too.)

We've laughed and cried and had visits from friends and family. I'm ready to check in to the hospital now. I'll shave my head and have my surgery and we will focus on how this can bring glory to God. That's why I'm here and that's how we'll use it.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.  -Psalm 23:1-4