Thursday, May 21, 2009

MRI Results

Today started very early for us, we left our house at 5:30am for Xavian's MRI at Children's Hospital. This early departure would have been challenging normally, but it was extra challenging this morning because Dante had been up throughout the night. He's got pink eye and a double ear infection. Cassie got a migraine late last night, but the medication she took last night and this morning didn't work, so she's been vomiting most of the day and is now pretty much immobilized. I went to the urgent care clinic in Trussville last night because I felt horrible and found out that I have strep throat. Xavian, surprisingly is the healthiest of us all right now.

Xavian's anesthesia went well this morning and the team was able to get all the detailed pictures they needed with the MRI. We waited for approximately an hour before our doc came in with the results. We all slept the whole time. The results of the MRI showed a significant decrease in the residual tumor. Doc told us that it looked like most of the tumor was gone and that she was pleased with how it looked and how he looked and it was all good news. She also talked to us about a possible procedure for removing fluid from a small pocket where the tumor had shrunk into protein type matter (or something like that). It's something they expect, but sometimes they feel it necessary to remove some of the fluid, but not all of the fluid. That part was a little confusing, so we'll have to do some research to get further clarification. Doc seemed upbeat about everything and said that she didn't know if we would start the next round of chemo next week or if we would do the procedure to remove fluid next week. Our nurse practitioner will call us and let us know in a few days.

I've had a ton of text messages and calls, but I haven't really been able to respond to anyone, but just know that we really appreciate everyone's thoughts, prayers, and caring. It means a great deal to us and it makes a difference, there's no doubt about it.

Dante is feeling much better today than he was yesterday, so he went with his Nana to Montevallo for the rest of the day and tonight, so that Cassie and I could get some rest since we're both feeling pretty rough. Xavian has been a wild man since we got home and is now resting, so hopefully Cassie and I both can take a much needed nap and start feeling better.

Thanks again for all the prayers. There is still more work to do, so please continue to pray for healing and strength.

The good news is very refreshing!!


  1. Thanks for the update. Will continue to keep you guys in our prayers.

  2. What a wonderful answer to everyone's prayers! We will continue to pray for Xavian and the whole family. God bless you all!
    --Amy Herrington Reed

  3. I'm very happy there is some direction after the MRI. Praying that it will be clear and easily manageable. Praying for healing for you all!

  4. So sorry to hear that you and Cassie aren't feeling well. But WONDERFUL news about Xavian. He just keeps fighting through this. He is something very special. I know that Dante is going to be glad when his little brother is home for good. I am praying that happens very soon. I am praying that you and Cassie feel better soon. You both have had so much to handle. I cannot imagine the stress that you both manage. Just know that I love you all very, very much! Love, Aunt Wanda

  5. Hi Cassie and Matt,
    I have been keeping up with you guys through Troy mostly and your blog, so thank you for sharing the information. You are all in my prayers and I am also very impressed with both of you for the strength you have shown throughout all of this. Sounds like Xavian has been such a little trooper and I am so glad to hear the news from the latest MRI. God is taking care of him for sure! I hope you are both feeling better. I wish you guys were still here, but God knew you needed to be by family, so I am glad he sent you to Alabama when he did.
    Cassie, I'm sure you could use a GNO! We have only had one I think since you moved. Take care of yourselves and know that the Mississippi prayer chain is in action!
    Love you guys, Linda Benedict.

  6. Promising post! God is good! I'll keep praying!