A Trip to the ER

From James (with parts excerpted from an email I wrote to my Dads’ Group, great guys who have been a tremendous encouragement to me over the past nine years):

So Young woke up today with a dull headache that eventually became a huge one, accompanied with nausea, that resulted in her calling me at work in tears, asking for help. On a scale of 1-10, this was a 10 in terms of pain, she said. Our family doctor said to go to the ER, so I took her. The ER doctor ordered a CT scan, which showed no bleeding or anything like that, but only the tumor and a slight possibility that it might have encroached into an area it hadn’t been before. (The “encroachment” bit isn’t something we’re really worried about, because CT scans aren’t detailed enough to definitively indicate such things, or so the doctor said.) Anyway, her headache subsided by the afternoon, and she is asleep now, exhausted. Johns Hopkins wants us to have our follow-up MRI six weeks early now because of this, so it will probably be next week-ish instead of April 30.

I’d appreciate if you would pray for this particular aspect of So Young’s health. She has only had three major headache events like this in the past year that have left her crying, and she has a high tolerance for pain. As you might imagine, intense headaches are a common symptom of brain tumors and have you thinking that something very bad is happening.

Much thanks to Laurie for stepping in at the last minute to watch the little ones while we were at the hospital today. Amazing friend. She even gave us a present when we came to pick up the girls! They left her house in very good spirits, more so than at the end of an average school day. Thanks also for everyone’s responses to yesterday’s post. These encourage us more than you know.


4 Responses

  1. Scary! keep your spirits high! I’m thinking of you both and the kids.

  2. I’m glad So Young is feeling better. Laurie is a gift from God. We all love her so much.

  3. Hello Friends,
    I can’t tell you how much you are on my mind. I hope So Young was able to have a restful weekend and was able to enjoy the magnificent weather. I would love to make arrangements to come by and see So Young sometime in early April…in the meantime hugs and positive thoughts are coming your way.

  4. I stumbled on your blog a few weeks ago and I really can not get enough!
    Please keep writing!

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