Friday, January 1, 2010

Sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug..

We found out yesterday that Mike has a tumor on his pituitary gland.

He spent four days, very sick in bed ~ thought it was just a nasty flu.
He had a severe headache and nausea. We went and saw the doctor in Beaver after two days.
He received two injections and two prescriptions. There was no improvement, so we called doctor back yesterday. He advised us to take him into ER for an IV re-hydration. When we saw the doctor he was very concerned that Mike's violent headache had not subsided, so he called for a CT scan. Then we received the horrible news. We are just stunned and shocked!! It came on so fast and he had no sypmtoms at all until Sunday night.

We came back home from Beaver this afternoon and plan to get in for an MRI as soon as possible. We have an appointment w/ a neurosurgeon on Wednesday.

At this time we don't know if it is benign or cancerous, but we understand that it is very rare for it to be cancerous. The problem is that his headaches will only get worse until we get it out of there. We also understand that this is not that uncommon and they remove it by going thru the nose or the roof of your mouth. *sinking heart* I feel so sad that Mike will have to go thru any of this.

This picture is of our wonderful friends up in Beaver. Ten minutes after we got "the news", they all came streaming into the room. What a wonderful sight it was to see our very dear friends walking in, when we needed them most!!! This is Tanji, Chelsea, Me, Mike, little Kayla and Jennie. Mike and Marie were there most of the time, but left right before the picture. Mikey Baxter took the picture :) Timmy wanted to come, but he said he got stuck at home with the rug rats. LOL

Mike and I are truly blessed to have such wonderful friends and family. I can not imagine going thru all we have gone thru without them. I know we can bear anything knowing we have them.

Please keep Mikey in your prayers.


Southern (in)Sanity said...

My thoughts and prayers are with y'all. Hope everything turns out OK.

Gina said...

Mike is in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry and hope it's benign.

HUGS to you all!

Debbie said...

Oh I'm so very sorry to hear this. But it sounds like there is good news.

First, they can go in through the nose, no big incision.

Second, that these are mostly benign.

I will be praying for you all during this time. Please keep us up to date.

Praying for good news, praying for the doctors doing the surgery, and for a quick recovery.

Also thankful that your doctors made the diagnosis so quickly. This could have gone on for much longer had you not had such great doctors.

Right Truth

Terri@SteelMagnolia said...

Thanks you guys..
and yes Deb... we are soo lucky we had an on the ball doctor that requested that CT scan!! We are blessed!

Gina.. you need to come down now!!
You can stay w/ me in the cabin... how far are you again?

Gunfighter said...

Be strong, Terri.

God be with you, Mike.

Merle Sneed said...

I will be pulling for Mike and for you too.

RNSANE said...

I sorry to hear about this sad news at the start of the new year. Michael and your entire family will be in my prayers. Even if benign, as we all pray, this will be difficult, at best, and you will need the support and care of many. I add my best wish to those who of your family and friends.

Julie said...

Praying, praying, praying...

((Big Hugs))

Kate said...

Terri - you and Mike are in my prayers. God is holding your hand through all of this as witnessed through the love of all of your great friends. Sending you the biggest bear hug!

Michael said...

As you can tell by the picture I have been soaking this for all it's worth. "Brain tumor" gets a lot of sympathy from the ladies! I wish we were in Canada though so we could draw this out for several months. This damn "broken American system" is gonna have me diagnosed, tested, treated and back to normal in 2 weeks! Thank you all for your prayers.

Shelley said...

Terri, our family will be praying for Mike and your family! Sending warm hugs and good thoughts from Michigan!

Chris H said...

All the best Mike.. I will keep you in my thoughts... hopefully it is able to be taken out and you make a full recovery.

Klin said...

Sending positive energy to the universe for you and prayers from our home.

I'm so glad you have great friends. Not surprised. You are a great person. Great people are surrounded by great people. Hugs to you.

The Portas said...

Praying so hard for you guys. Sending you all our love! xo

Terry said...

Oh no. :( I'm sorry, Terri. I will be praying for Mike and your family! You guys have had more than your share of health issues already! You're a beautiful family inside and out. Love you!!!

Terri@SteelMagnolia said...

A doctor was telling us yesterday that it was probably the altitude that made his head so painful.

So in the end, it was probably a good thing that it was b/c then we went in for a CT scan.