Probably a Migraine

From James:

As I saw it, there were two-worst case possible causes of So Young’s extreme headache on Thursday that resulted in a trip to the ER: intracranial pressure (ICP) or bleeding in the brain. Today’s MRI and the subsequent consultation confirmed that it was neither. Dr. Redmond, our radiation oncologist at Johns Hopkins, said that So Young’s tumor looks “terrific” (as tumors go) and essentially unchanged since our last visit six weeks ago. This is a relief, because a year ago, So Young had two similar headaches, and at that time our neurosurgeon was considering installing a shunt to relieve the pressure in her brain. Dr. Redmond suggested that we talk to our family practice doctor about the possibility that it is a migraine and approaches for preventing a recurrence.

My main concern is to have a plan for differentiating between harmless and harmful headaches in So Young in the future. Dr. Redmond said that she immediately became concerned about bleeding in the brain when she heard about So Young’s headache and nausea on Thursday. She said that a trip to the ER was the right thing to do. However, she agreed that the trip doesn’t need to be repeated every time such a headache occurs. I simply need to be able to tell the difference between it and something more serious.

Thanks to everyone for your prayers and support over the past few days. Mom and Dad really stepped in today. Mom cared for the girls after school and fed us all a feast for dinner. Dad took over when she had to go to her Bible study, while So Young and I were still driving home, doing the Tour of DC Traffic from Baltimore to Woodbridge.

Mom and Dad, we’re so grateful for you. We aspire daily to be the kind of great parents you are, and we hope to be the same kind of grandparents as well someday.


4 Responses

  1. Glad to hear that all is well, James. I hope you and the docs are going to be able to figure out the differences between the headaches. Take good care of Ruby and yourself and needless to say, the girls.

  2. Praise be to God! His love endures forever. I am grateful for so many things. I am glad that my children turn to God first for help and then to His people. I am grateful for those that pray for my children, So Young and you, and my grandchildren. I am grateful for those that, in an instant, drop what they are doing to help us, bearing our burdens. I am grateful for the wonderful doctors that have worked so hard to save my daughter, and therefore our family, from more suffering. I am grateful that God blesses us beyond abundance in the midst of our troubles. Praise, honor, and glory belong to our God who cares for us because He loves us, as He does all of His people.

  3. Although migraines are no fun, it is still good news that nothing else has changed….hopefully it will not happen again….

    In prayer for you always…


  4. I will walk by faith even when I cannot see….

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