We hope this finds everyone safe from COVID and everything going on in the world today.
I am sure most of you have been wondering how things have been going for Jason. His 6 month check-up was supposed to be in May this year. But with COVID in May, the hospital didn’t schedule the test. So when things settled down in late June, and the hospital’s were at lower capacity, Jason asked when was appropriate to go in.
So July 20 was the day they decided to get his testing done. He went in the morning at 7:30 for his MRI & MRA. He was to meet with the Neuro Dr. at 12:30 the same day. He was done with his MRI’s by 9 am & went over to the DR.’s office early to wait for his appointment. They told him they could call him with the results if he wanted to prevent spending an extra 4+ hours in a hospital during a pandemic and he gladly agreed.
True to their word, they called him about 12:30 & said there was no observable change in the tumor size & no change in blood flow, coming out of the vein in his brain, so that is great news. Jason again decided not to have the radiology treatment for the remaining brain tumor yet beings there was no change to the situation or danger warnings from the doctors. They also could see on the scan’s the area that his spinal fluid is still pooling up in his brain around the scar when his head is horizontal or lowered...like while sleeping. Once he is up for the day it goes away & then starts all over the next day. She said it is still doing this because the membrane is not fully healed yet. Hopefully it will heal with more time but they will look at it again in 6 months. He should keep walking and doing non-strenuous things however. They want him to avoid getting his heart rate really high or spending too much time in positions that cause the fluids to pool to minimize aggravating the membrane tear so he can heal faster. So no running, power lifting or bench press type of workouts but regular activities are a go. May have to get a bed where he can incline his head to help with the spinal fluid, 50/50 chance it will help. But might be worth a try.
They would like to see him again in 6-8 months for MRA & MRI, to check how everything is doing. And if everything is good they will make the next appointment closer to a year out.
So thank you God for a good report & things to continue as they are. We are truly blessed. And Thank you to everyone who has been 🙏🏻 for him.
Jason did find a Townhome in Woodbury this weekend, so we will see how that all plays out. If all goes well he will be able to get moved into a new home in a month or two. Then he can get his old home in St. Charles fixed up & sold. Jason has done many small repairs around the house. But with his higher risk status he did not want people in his house working on some larger projects he can’t complete himself in order to get his house On the market. So lots of moving pieces in the near future.
Jason is still cautiously looking for work. With COVID going on, in an election year, nobody is really hiring or looking for additional help until things settle down. He has some head hunters looking and some potential short term work he hopes comes through. I am sure once COVID starts dying down there will be opportunities out there for him.
Thank you for all your concerns, asking how Jason is doing and all your prayers. We know that prayers work and we continually feel blessed.
Prayers that all of you & your families are staying safe, healthy and happy in these challenging times. God Bless each of you reading this, and your families. Hugs & prayers for all. 💕🙏🏻