We have returned from Spokane and wanted to update.
The doctor compared the 2 MRI's and said that everything looked just about the same. Which wasn't what he was hoping for. He was hoping that the mass might shrink. Which I somehow missed at the 1st visit. So once again Heavenly Father was guiding our lives--here I was complaining that the Dr had forgotten us but if we would have gone in any sooner--the Dr would have just wanted to keep waiting and watching anyways! So that along with the fact that the pain is increasing also instead of decreasing has caused him to change is mind and recommend surgery. His main concerns about the surgery are--the surgery itself, recovery and the chance that cleaning it all out might not fix the pain problem or could cause more or a different kind of pain. He said it will take a good 3 months for her to get back to normal activity.
I just wanted to say how much we appreciated everyone's prayers and thoughts. It was so good to come home Monday evening and read all the love! And I know the prayers were answered because instead of panicking I felt very calm and at peace when he put it all out on the table and Phil and I were able to think and communicate so clearly and make a decision before he had to leave back to work today. Thank you all so much!
Phil and I feel like it is time to do the surgery. It is scary and there are no guarantee's but the not knowing when the pain will attack, missing school, the intensity of the pain are all bad by themselves but together are really wearing on her mental health which really brings down her quality of life. We really trust the Dr and Heavenly Father and we feel this is the right time and thing to do.
Kelly is still deciding and praying about it but I am going to go ahead and try and schedule because it will be rough trying to find a time that the Dr can do it and my husband is home. We can always cancel it if she feels strongly the other way.
So there you are--life is crazy! Surely I didn't sign up for this??!! Thanx again everyone--and thanx for all your great posts--it is great to go to all your blogs and read about and be inspired by valiant women coping with and conquering their trials--you guys are amazing!