Sunday, November 28, 2010

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

8 Week Follow Up

We saw Dr. Jackson today and got a great report. Everything looks fine. Rob will have another follow-up in 2 months. Dr. Jackson still rocks & even calmed my nerves :)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Week 4 Post-op

When I asked Rob what to write for today's update, I got a really, really long answer: "Tell them I'm o.k." So, there ya have it:) Seriously, today isn't one of his best days. Like any major surgery, this one is taking a good bit of time to recover from. For someone as active as Rob, this is a big adjustment, but he's doing remarkably well.

I had the day off, and we went to physical therapy, lunch, and to get Rob's haircut. Rob went to physical therapy today, because he has some weakness in his right arm/shoulder. Dr. Jackson had told us that this was possible/probable, and nothing to be alarmed about. We planned to stay at the salon for pedicures (yes, Rob gets pedicures occasionally),
but after waiting for about 30 minutes, Rob was done. So, we came home and both took a long nap instead!!! His feet aren't "sanded" (his term for the pedicure stuff) and my toenails don't have a fresh coat of Koala Beary, but we're rested.

We are hoping to go to Atlanta for a day or two this weekend, to celebrate Rob's birthday. We'll see how the rest of the week goes.

Well, I'll let you go now.............

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Leah Brinson and her precious family. Robby, Susan and Sarah

We've had so many people praying for us, and for that we are so grateful.Rob said: Why don't you post Leah's link on my blog, and ask them to pray for her, too. Rob wants to ask for prayers for Leah Brinson and her family. Leah is the daughter of Robby and Susan Brinson and sister of Sarah. She was diagnosed, yesterday, with AML, a type of leukemia. She was diagnosed and admitted yesterday to Egleston Children's Hospital in Atlanta. If I was understanding the last update, she will begin on chemo treatments tomorrow. Having just been through a cancer diagnosis with Rob, I cannot imagine the stress of finding out and then being admitted for major treatment to get underway the SAME day. No time to adjust to the fear, anger, disbelief. Not to mention, actually wrapping up things with your home and job prior to being gone for a month. Just a situation that's so incredibly stressful. You can follow her updates and find out what is going on, by visiting her care page @ http://www.carepages.com/carepages/followmytreatment

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Whew! I'm behind:( July 28, 2010

Last Wednesday's post was titled something along the lines of "is it Wednesday"? It applies to today, too. Amazing how easy it is to lose track of the day/date when your routine is interrupted. I did figure out, late this afternoon, that it IS Wednesday.

Rob is doing so well. We met his co-workers a couple of days last week for lunch, and today he joined them for Johnny's pizza. Johnny's Pizza Wednesday......Kind of an office tradition. While at Johnny's last week, Dr. Jackson called to let us know that the lymph nodes were NEGATIVE. NO PERINEURAL OR PERIVASCULAR INVOLVEMENT. She did say that the thickest area of the tumor that was cancerous was 6mm. Anything greater than 4mm requires excision of lymph nodes for evaluation. So, he would still be facing the neck dissection later, if only the partial glossectomy had been done to just determine the lesion size. As it is now, NO additional treatment is required. We went back, yesterday, Tuesday, the 27th, for a 2 week follow up. He has a hematoma (small pooling of blood) at his incision site, which she drained. His scar is still completely numb, so he doesn't feel a thing when it's poked on. By last night, it was fuller again:( So, he went and had it drained/aspirated today. Less fluid, but still there. A concern with a large hematoma is infection/abscess formation. He started on antibiotics yesterday, and we are planning to have it evaluated again tomorrow. He also got some muscle relaxers that seem to completely knock him out, and ,in his words, make him cranky. Not sure how those are gonna work out.

Our friend/his co-worker, Steve, used to work as a physical therapy assistant for many years. He came over to pick Rob up for lunch and helped him with some strength and range-of-motion exercises. Rob is already moving his head/neck better.

Nothing about his case makes sense! Why Rob, at 37, would have this cancer. Why did he not need the skin graft or a tracheostomy? Why is he not still on a liquid diet? Why are the lymph nodes negative? God has a plan for Rob, and for me, too. Lots of people have commented about God's goodness, and his answering our prayers for healing. He is good, and he did answer our prayers. But, what about those whose prayers aren't answered with healing or a positive outcome? I'm not gonna lie. This is something I still struggle with. I may never understand it, but I'm going to share what I heard today. Sometimes God allows things in order to give us a witness, a "story" if you will. People respond to amazing, unbelievable, wild, scary, heroic stories. They just do, they're human. So, when we've lived through these experiences, we not only want to share, we HAVE to.

Throughout this whole process, I have been worried about Rob's suffering. I can't stand to see him in pain or sick, and since he's never sick, this was a really odd situation. I had so many thoughts. I imagined the best case and the worst case scenario, and everything in between. One thing I knew. If Rob "left", he would be in a better place. As a Christian, when this life ends, we have the hope of eternal life in heaven.

We have been amazed by the number of people who have reached out to us through this. I'm afraid I'll forget someone, but please know that we appreciate everything!

My brain is a little fried and overwhelmed. So, I'll let you go for now...............
The lymph node report is clean. No additional treatment needed.
christy jackson

At Home Relaxing

We got home yesterday around 12, It was great to be home. The Dog's were excited to see us. Christy's Mom and Step Mom were there to help Christy unpack the car(Thanks). I went straight to bed, and slept for a couple of hours. We just relaxed the rest of the day.

This morning Olivet Baptist Church came over and cut the grass. Thank you so much for that.

We are just waiting on the Lymph node Report. I know it is going to be clean. Just would like to be sure.

My next doctors appointment is July 27th (Tuesday) with Dr. Jackson. Just for a checkup.

Thanks for all the Prayers. Love You All
Rob & Christy