The New Normal?

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After a whirlwind tour through Alberta Children’s Hospital with stops in Oncology, Diagnostics and Neuroscience, we will be heading home tomorrow morning. The doctors and staff were absolutely wonderful. I only cracked up once – when Lyndan was told that they were thinking of doing a biopsy he got so scared at the thought of being put to sleep and cut open, I started crying along with him, because I was so anxious about his emotional state and resistance to doing what needed to be done.

Turned out to be unnecessary as a second MRI determined what we needed to know: it was not a tumour but a blood vessel overgrowth called a cavernoma. Good news right?  Kind of. Not a cancer, but the location of the bleed is right. In. The. Middle. Of. His. Brain. Basically the reason he has been having symptoms is whencthe malformed blood vessels break,  pressure gets put on parts of his brain that are pretty critical to his life. And if it were not operable (which thankfully it is) then he woud be a ticking time bomb until he had a catastrophic bleed that kills him.

Still, the neurosurgeon explained that the surgery will be so complex that there huge numbers of things that could present as complications from temporary physical effects to permanent damage. Thankfully not to his higher brain functions,  but little things like, swallowing, breathing, sight, mobility.

So while we are thrilled that he won’t require things like chemotherapy or radiation, he is not out of the woods yet. We are left for 2 weeks with a boy who can’t see anything to his right and can barely stand up on his own. We have no idea if this will be his new normal or there is yet hope that he can return to the active,  strong boy who was almost taller than his 11 year old brother and loved riding his bike.

And he gets brain surgery for his birthday… It’s a gift to us but I don’t know if he will enjoy it that much.


One Response to “The New Normal?”

  1. Jenny says:

    We pray for you and your church plant through the Women of Grace Mission group in the Grace Polaris Church and our support of Nathan and Jennifer Bryant. Our family of 7 (mom, dad, 4 boys, and a girl) are also praying for Lyndan and the rest of you. We are thankful that this doesn’t come as a surprise to the God you serve.
    Psalm 27:13-14 I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.

    Our ladies meet on the 13th and have a time of prayer – we will be lifting up the surgeon, Lyndan, the rest of the boys, and both of you especially on that day.

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