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5/18/2016 Latest post:
Welcome to Cody's CaringBridge site. We've created it to keep our family & friends updated. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most.
Hello family & friends! A friend made me aware of this website as an avenue for sending information & updates rather than trying to text and send emails. Although most of you know how we arrived here, I've provided the story below.
You may or may not know Cody suffered a concussion on April 15th playing in a soccer tournament at Pelham HS. The initial effects made Cody “coo coo” as one of the coaches on the field described. He couldn’t get off the field without assistance, & was very disoriented & confused. He was ambulanced to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, where he went through the whole gamut of x-rays, & CT-Scans & all looked good! He stayed disoriented & confused for a couple of hours & then everything kinda fell into place & the clouds cleared . . . disorientation & confusion gone! Headache & sensitivity to light, however not so good. Anyway, of course they diagnosed him with a concussion, but said he should be fine to go to school & participate in everyday activity. GREAT, we’re outta here! Not so fast. The doctor came back just as we’re about to be released & says the radiologist that read all his scans was looking at an MRI from 2014, when he had another slight concussion, & highly recommends we get another MRI to follow-up & compare. Long story short, Cody had another MRI with contrast on 5-03-16. On 5-09-16 when we went for the results, we found out that what the radiologist saw, was still there & that it had in fact grown in the last 2 years. RESULT - Cody has a tumor at the base of his brain stem & it has to be removed. It’s not causing him any pain nor is he having any symptoms from it. Surgery is scheduled at Children’s Hospital for Tue. 5-17-2016 at 8AM & will take about 5&1/2-6&1/2 hours. We’re told he’ll be in the hospital 3-5 days & recovery will be 2-3 weeks.