Sunday, June 14, 2009

Hannah Update 1.4.09 (5:00 p.m.)

"Praise God from Whom all blessings flow..."

We just heard from the resident doctor who is here on duty in the ER. The MRI showed no dramatic changes from the one done a few weeks ago! She said that the tumors on the brain stem were slightly more bright than they were on the last MRI, but there were no new lesions or any major changes that had taken place. She said there was no real clear indication of increased intracranial pressure, but that the tumors are in a location that could cause that, and they believe that the symptoms Hannah is having are due to slightly increased pressure in her brain. So...they are going to admit us and keep us overnight, starting her on a fairly high dose of steroids in an attempt to decrease this pressure. They also just want to observe her to make sure there are no increased symptoms. Basically, as she explained it, it's kind of a good news/bad news situation...the good news being that her MRI is relatively stable with no obvious indication of any new problems, and the bad news being that they don't know exactly why she's having these symptoms, but they have a plan to bring them under control. So we are breathing a sigh of relief tonight, and praising God for answered prayers again!

Tomorrow we will have our regularly scheduled clinic appointment, and we will be able to discuss all of this with our regular oncologist. As far as we know she will still receive her chemo treatment tomorrow.

Thank you so much for all of your prayers for us today....we have really felt them throughout this rather difficult day. God truly is good all the time, and we are so thankful for His people!

Jill & Brad

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