Yesterday was an amazing Christmas day! I made David and me a delicious breakfast and then I counted down the minutes until the kids would arrive. We had a wonderful afternoon of opening presents, playing games, and eating yummy food. I love my family so much. They are my world.
And then they left and the house was quiet again.
Having the kids over yesterday was a welcome distraction. On Thursday, Kayla had her 3-month follow-up with the oncologist. Things have been going well and we expected to go in, hear that things continue to go well, and then go on with our lives until the next follow-up in three months. However, when the doctor came into the office (after an unusually long wait), he didn’t seem to be his cheerful, joking self. He started out by telling us that Kayla’s blood labs continue to look good; her tumor markers are normal, showing no signs of cancer. Her CT, though, showed a small mass on her left side in an area between her ribs and kidney. Since June, the mass has doubled in size. The doctor was quick to reassure us that the mass is very small and is growing very slowly. He’s not sure what it is. It could be a rogue lymph node. He said we could continue to observe, he could do a biopsy, or he could just go in surgically and completely remove it. Kayla has decided she’d like to have it removed. I agree. Whatever it is, even if it’s nothing, just get it out of her before it turns into something. The procedure is planned as an outpatient laparoscopic surgery, which will be awesome – no hospital stay, although there is a chance that the doctor may have to open her up and she’d have to stay for a day or two at the hospital. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen.
We walked out of the hospital in complete shock. Things have been going really well and now Kayla has to have another surgery. Our family is strong and we are staying as positive as we can, but I’d be lying if I said that we aren’t scared and worried. If I don’t stay constantly busy, my mind starts going to places that I don’t want to go. Kayla wanted to have the surgery after New Year’s so that she could enjoy the holidays and so we have a couple of weeks until her surgery. The two weeks could feel like two years or it could get here in a flash. Regardless, Kayla will get through the procedure surrounded by loved ones and positive thoughts and prayers. She has been through much worse and she will get through this as well. Hopefully this is just a small bump in the road for Kayla’s remission and it will be smooth sailing from here.
Courage for Kayla!