The Cowboy received all great news today at the M D Anderson Centre.
It has taken us a while and we are probably still digesting all that they have told us but two doctors agree that he has what they’re calling a ‘T2 complex lesion’.
The first and best words that we heard were ‘easily treatable.’
We have a couple of options for treatment and we’re not sure at this point just what those options are.
Today’s tests included blood tests and x-rays along with the Doctor’s consults.
Very relaxed and comfortable waiting rooms with calming aquariums.
We couldn’t remember ever seeing this sign before. We didn’t experience any longer wait than 15 minutes.
Tomorrow at 8:45 AM he will have a laryngoscopy and a stroboscopy followed by an EKG. Then at 7:10 PM he will be prepped for a CT scan at 8:00 PM.
Laryngoscopy: an examination a doctor uses to look at the back of the throat, including the voice box (larynx) and vocal cords by using a thin flexible telescope that is passed through the nose and carries a small camera and a bright light. This enables the the doctors to look at the details of the vocal folds while they are moving and while you are breathing and talking. Because it is important to see the fine details of the vocal cords while they are opening, closing, and vibrating, we use a technique known as stroboscopy – a video version of the above.
On Wednesday we will be involved in more prep for upcoming procedures and consultation.
The team of doctors will be meeting on Thursday and will let us know on Friday what they suggest or what treatment they feel is necessary.
We can’t say enough good things about this centre. Everyone has been so helpful, friendly and professional. We really got the Team spirit feeling from everyone there and all of the procedures today went off like clockwork. We feel very fortunate and confident that we are in the best place in the world for the best care in the world.
At this point we have no idea how long we will need to stay near Houston for surgery and follow up but by the end of the week we will have more details.
We can’t thank all of you enough for your prayers. Your messages and comments have meant the world to us. We hope our words convey the relief that we feel right now.