On Tuesday, June 26, I noticed Reid's eye was slightly swollen. No one else in the world would have noticed. The next day I was going to call his pediatrician's office, but decided to give him Benadryl and wait another day. Reid and I went to our local library because Wyatt was at camp at Istrouma. We actually ran into our pediatrician at the library. She said it looked like an allergy and to keep giving him the Benadryl. So I did that for the remainder of the week and weekend. The next Monday I called the ped's office because it had not gotten any better. We had an appointment for Tuesday morning, July 3. I took him in, and I could tell she was slightly concerned. She wanted us to go to an ophthalmologist. We went to the ophthalmologist Tuesday afternoon. She gave us some cream and told us to come back in 3 weeks. Fast forward to Tuesday, July 17. I took him back to the pediatrician because there had been no improvement, and it was actually getting worse. She wanted an MRI done immediately. We landed in OLOL at around 5 p.m. on Tuesday night. The MRI was scheduled for first thing Wednesday morning. A few hours later on Wednesday, we had a doctor in our room telling us that Reid had a 2 cm tumor over his eye. Then an oncologist came in next telling us that she suspected Rhabdomyosarcoma. A friend from high school has a son who was just diagnosed with this same thing in February. How in the world is this happening?
A biopsy was scheduled for Thursday morning. The surgeon told us that it would be a 30 minute procedure. That turned into 1 1/2 hours. It turns out that he was able to easily removed 50% of the tumor. THANK YOU GOD! He was not able to remove the whole thing because it would have been an extensive surgery. The oncologist had already told us that he would not remove the whole thing. After the surgery we were told we may know something by the next day.
Friday afternoon the oncologist came in to tell us that indeed it was Rhabdomyosarcoma. She scheduled a CT scan and blood work for Saturday morning. We had those tests done, and praise God they were both clear. We were finally able to leave the hospital Saturday at around 1:00 p.m.
Today we found out that we will travel to St. Jude on Thursday, and we will have more appointments on Friday. We are not exactly sure of all of the details.
A beacon of light in our stay in the hospital was our nurse Rikki. She was an angel among us. She contacted me yesterday via Facebook to say that she had been thinking of Reid and our family. She asked me to keep in touch with her. I was looking at her pictures because she said that she had a little girl that just turned 3. On one of her little girl's pictures, there was the following Scripture. "He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted." Job 5:9 I am claiming these wonders and miracles for Reid. He was never supposed to be born. We were told we had a less than 1% chance of having another baby "naturally". He has beaten the odds once. We are waiting to see his second miracle! God must have BIG, BIG things in store for him.
Please fall down on your face, and pray for my baby's healing. Pray for miracles to unfold every single day. Pray for peace and wisdom for Lance and for me. Pray for comfort and peace for both Reid and Wyatt. We are so thankful to our friends who have brought us food the last few nights, and for ALL of the gifts that Reid received in the hospital. We are blessed BEYOND MEASURE with wonderful friends and family!
"But you, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head." Psalm 3:3 Pray for a shield around Reid. Pray that he will be shielded from Satan's arrows. Pray for a straight path from here on out. Pray for minimal pain for Reid. Pray that he would be healed!