On Friday, I had another CT scan done on my neck to review the damage resulting from the C4 fracture. A neurosurgeon reviewed the scan and called me on Saturday.
At this time, the C5 and C6 vertebrae do not look strong enough to support any repairs done to the C4. He does not want to have to do repeated surgery, one vertebrae at a time. Therefore, he is recommending radiation first to shrink the tumors in that area, most likely followed by bone fusing/rod placement surgery. Currently, I'm wearing a cervical collar that reduces movement in my neck. My spinal cord is not compromised at this time and the desire is to keep it that way.
I will have a physical exam by the neurosurgeon this afternoon (Monday) at 4:00.
A PET-CT scan has been scheduled for Wednesday, January 9. This is a crucial diagnostic tool that should let us know if there are metastases elsewhere in my body.
It is our fervent prayer that the PET-CT scan shows all cancer to be gone! Wouldn't that be a miracle that can only be attributed to God?!?! Complete disappearance of this disease in a matter of days?
Barring that miracle, we ask for the miracle of bone mets only.
Thank you for sharing our journey. We have today . . . let's make the most of it!