Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Official Diagnosis

Jeff had his follow-up with Dr. Taylor yesterday, and all is well.  His official diagnosis is "Fibrous Hamartoma of infancy.    "Fibrous hamartoma of infancy (FHI) is a rare, benign soft tissue tumor that usually occurs within the first two years of life."  It is unlikely to recur and is completely benign.

It is pretty rare though.  Not a commonly seen type of tumor.  It is always treated with surgical excision.

Thought you might like to know!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Update - Jeffrey

I would like to thank you all for the prayers you have offered up for Jeffrey and for the doctors and nurses in whose care he was trusted.  His surgery was performed this past Monday, and all has gone very well. 

We arrived at the hospital at 7 am, as we were instructed to do.  Soon after, we were in the Pediatric Surgery holding area, where we were informed that his surgery was to be delayed, due to an emergency appendectomy that needed to be performed.  No big deal, though, because we knew that this could happen.

When it was Jeffrey's turn, the nurses gave him a sedative about 30 minutes before his surgery was to begin.  This made him a little drowsy, but mostly just plain old silly!  He was speaking funny, moving in what seemed to be slow motion, and toppling over.  You couldn't help but laugh.

When it was his time to go, the nurse carried him away.  Jeff was super calm, which made things much easier on me and Paul, for sure.  We waited for his procedure to be completed for about 45 minutes.  Finally, Dr. Taylor came out and let us know that the surgery went very well!  In addition, she showed us a photo of the tumor, which she was almost sure was just a lipoma, or "fatty tumor", and nothing to cause further concern.  Thanks be to God!

While we won't know with 100% certainty until this coming Monday, we are greatly relieved.  I had expected bad news, based on her original thinking.  I can only attribute her great news to the plethora of prayers said on Jeffrey's behalf. 

Jeff's follow-up appointment is this Monday, October 17 at 2:30 pm.  We will have the definitive results from the pathology lab at this time.  I am sure if the news were negative, we would have received a phone call to come in earlier. 

So again, my dear friends and family, thank you for your prayers.  It has meant all the world to us. 

Our love,

The Davison's
Paul, Jessica, Andrew, Amanda, Jeffrey, and Peter

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Prayers, Please...

As you may know, Jeffrey has a lump in his right arm that has been there for a while.  At his well-child check this month, the doctor felt it and said it was most likely a "fatty tumor", and nothing to worry about.  To be on the safe side, though, she referred us to the pediatric surgeon upstairs. 

At our visit with the surgeon, she asked a bunch of questions, felt the mass, and ordered an ultrasound for his arm.  We had the ultrasound last week on Thursday.

Yesterday, I received a call from the surgeon, Dr. Taylor, with the results, which are inconclusive at this time.  She said it does not feel like a fatty tumor to her, but the US indicated it could be.  It is not calcified, it is solid with perhaps a little liquid in it, and it is not vascular.  It is not a hemangioma or a lymphoma.  It could be benign, or not.  Beyond that, she really couldn't (or wouldn't) say.

She did strongly recommend surgery to remove the tumor, however.  I know, I know, she's a surgeon so she will want to cut.  I did ask about doing a biopsy first, but they would have to put Jeffrey under general anesthesia for that due to his age, so they really may as well remove the entire tumor anyway.  He is scheduled for surgery (outpatient) on October 10 at 8:15 AM.  We won't have pathology reports until Wednesday, the 12th.

As any sane person does these days, I spent time yesterday googling tumors in the arm.  Much of the things I read are a bit worrisome to me.  For instance, calcification in a tumor is usually good, because they are mostly benign when calcification is present.  Jeff does not have calcification.  I am scared to death that he has a malignant tumor and will have to have further medical procedures.  I am not sure how this momma can handle those words.

All of that to say this:
Please, if you are a firm believer in our God, or have even an inkling of suspicion that there might be one, please please please offer your prayers for Jeffrey.  I am praying for a positive outcome for him with all my heart and soul.  I know God is listening, and hope he grants my petition.  Please add yours to mine, and ask your friends to do the same if you are so inclined. 

In the mean time, I will be holding my boy ever tighter, because I love him so much.  I hate that he has to go though this, and wish I could do it for him.  Thanks in advance for your prayers.  I will feel better knowing we are not the only ones praying for my baby.  Love to you all.


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Worst Internet Ever

I really hate my internet provider.  You see, I live out in the middle of nowhere.  As a result, I can't get DSL through the phone company, or cable internet either.  Nope.  We are stuck.

We are stuck with Hughes Net.  Yeah, that's right.  The only way I can get internet is through satellite.  And it is ridiculously expensive - like $90 a month.  Furthermore, I have a download limit each day, which means that you can forget about streaming music or videos because they use too much data.  Oh, yeah.  I can't do the work I was doing from home, either. 

Someday, they say, the internet will reach these here parts. Until then, I'll just have to deal with this crazy satellite connection I have.  I think internet will be a priority next time we move, and it will make us consider a move much sooner than we otherwise would have.

This isn't a new problem.  It has been an issue since we moved here.  We were told internet would not be a problem.  Well, they lied.  And I am finally fed up!