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Aug 23, 2018 Latest post:
Sep 7, 2018
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support, prayers and words of hope and encouragement.
A few months ago, our 15 year old son, Carson, mentioned that Judd's driving had gotten really bad. I assumed he was being a little over dramatic and chalked it up to Judd just not paying attention. At the same time, Judd mentioned that he thought he might need to get his contact lens prescription tweaked, so he scheduled an eye exam with our local optometrist (Doctor #1). He came home and was a little perplexed that he had failed the peripheral vision part of the exam and that the doctor couldn't get his right eye to 20/20. He was sent to an ophthalmologist (Doctor #2) who couldn't find anything wrong with his eyes but decided to have Judd get an MRI of his head and neck. We went back to the ophthalmologist who said that he a lesion on his pituitary gland and he would most likely get prescribed some drugs that would counter the hormone production, shrink the tumor and be on his merry way. But, he sent us to a neurologist(Doctor #3) just to be sure.
The neurologist told us that Judd has a large tumor, craniophyrngioma, on his pituitary stalk that has taken over the pituitary space and is pushing on the optic nerve (causing Judd's lack of peripheral vision) and that we would need to see a neurosurgeon.
Five doctors later , we finally got to meet Dr. O, the Emory neurosurgeon , who will operate today with a team of doctors to remove the tumor. We are optimistic that Dr. O will successfully remove the tumor. Judd is scheduled to be in the hospital for around 5 days.
I will do my best to keep this sight updated. We would greatly appreciate prayers for Judd and his medical team.