As usual, this is your pre-reading warning, this post is coming from David and not Kristi.
On to Andrew, he began receiving twice daily injections on Wednesday, with hopes this will help with his pain. Poor guy, he hates getting these injections and they seem to be rather painful, but after 5 days of having them, his pain does seem to have slightly improved. Therefore, we are hoping to have him transition to a once monthly injection, rather than twice daily. In addition, Andrew is now taking methadone and oxycodone for pain management. While this seems to help, the methadone also makes him rather tired; therefore, any free moment Andrew has, whether in the car or at home, we discover him somewhere catching a quick snooze. Also, it seems rather crazy that two of our three kids have now been on methadone... now we just pray that Abigail never is in need as well.
In regards to Andrew's biopsy on Thursday, the Interventional Radiologist was able to get a biopsy of the tissue, but he was unable to verify if it was from the pancreas or if it was from the lymph node; however, the pathologist did confirm that the tissue biopsied was also a Neuroendocrine Tumor. We will hopefully have the full results from the pathologist by this Tuesday. Andrew's oncologist and surgeon in Iowa are meeting on Tuesday and we should have an answer from them sometime between Wednesday and Friday as to when they would like to schedule surgery. It will most likely be scheduled sometime in June.
Let's not forget about Abigail, she has been such a trooper through everything. Honestly, it has been so helpful that many of you have come alongside of her and loved her well. Your love and care for her has really made a difference in her outlook and ability to handle all that is going on around her. We are thankful for her and continue to be blessed and amazed by her selfless attitude and heart. Abigail has really kept it all together, with the exception of her birthday, but even then her sadness had nothing to do with herself. Since Grace and I have been in the hospital, Abigail has been a tremendous member of the team in getting things done at the house: doing the laundry and folding clothes, doing the dishes, and managing Andrew's medicines when we aren't around (not without adult supervision and our instruction, of course). She hasn't complained about the extra responsibilities, if anything, she is asking for what else she can do. It seems like the break from soccer came just at the right time for the family craziness. I know that I just bragged a lot about Abigail, which I didn't realize until I just finished writing this paragraph, but in all honesty, we are really proud of her and thankful for her maturity and character. We praise God for her heart and little woman she is becoming.
Andrew was able to go on a play date with some sweet friends from our church who have created a special and unique bond with our kids. We are thankful for Alan and Kathy Hunt!
Andrew off to the movies with Kristi's parents
While Abigail and Kristi had the opportunity to get away to a Houston Dash soccer game!
Thank you for continuing to walk with us on our journey! We couldn't do it without you and praise God for you!