Today we met 1st with the Neurosurgeon. He informed us that the radiologist's findings were that there were no changes in the tumor since his last July scan; however, he believes that as he has looked over the last several scans, the enhancement of the tumor is continuing to change which worries him. Although he stated that Caleb's case does not have a cut and dry answer, his stance was that he believed he needed treatment due to the continuation of metabolic activity which could lend itself to irreversible damage.
This was hard to swallow as we waited for almost another hour and a half to meet with the Oncologist. However, Dr. Esbenshade came in with a much more positive outlook than we had expected! Praise the Lord! Although he did recognize the enhancements occurring, he stated that he did not feel it necessary to take action unless the tumor itself had grown- and in yesterday's scan it showed no growth! So, the plan is to continue to watch it closely. We have an appointment next Thursday with the Endocrinologist (hormone specialist) and then another MRI scan alongside of an eye examination in January.
We are very very thankful for no treatment at this time. The Lord has delivered us again today and we will worship Him! When I dwell on today, I am thankful; however when I begin to think what tomorrow may bring, I honestly can become paralyzed in fear. And so our prayer is that we will set our minds on things above, dwelling on His deliverance today; that we will trust Him today and lay tomorrow in His hands. For He has said in Lamentations 3:21-23 Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Thank you is not enough for your prayers. I honestly believe they are a sweet smelling aroma to our Lord- he is hearing our cry and delivering us!