Friday, July 25, 2008

Getting Ready

Ethan has to have a list of tests and examinations completed prior to his bone marrow transplant. These exams check various areas of his body to ensure he has no infection or complication prior to his transplant (in case some sort of problem or infection was discovered during and following the transplant, they need verification that it wasn't a problem that existed before-hand).

The tests/exams are as follows:
  1. An ultrasound of his heart
  2. A retinal exam of both eyes
  3. A hearing test/screening
  4. A body scan/MRI
  5. Urine/kidney functionality test - this will be done in Boston

So far, he has had his heart and eyes check and everything looked perfectly healthy and normal with each. He is scheduled to have his hearing test on Monday, his MRI on Tuesday, Adam and I (with Ethan) go to Boston for his pre-admission/tour/information on Wednesday, come back home that same day.... then we may have one more hospital visit in Connecticut for final sign off Thursday or Friday, then we leave for Boston again for Ethan's final admission early that next Monday morning.

I still haven't fully processed that next week is my last week here at home for a very long time. And as you can see, it is a VERY busy week. I feel as thought I'm not ready... but I'm also anxious to just go and get this all over with...

Thank you so much for praying. This is such a strange time in our lives.

I would like to ask for praying for Ethan's remaining test/examinations. He has done very well with the tests so far, and the results have been perfect. Please pray that the remaining tests can be done easily and that Ethan cooperates as well as he has been. I'm slightly concerned about his ability to sit still for 45 minutes during the body scan on Tuesday, so pray for that specifically (I'm not sure of all the details yet, except that I know he will get injected with some dye then we will wait for 2 hours, then he will have a 45 minute scan).

Daniel 6:26-27 ....For He is the living God, And steadfast forever.... He delivers and rescues, and He works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth...

10 comments:

Moz and Pam said...

Kasey, if I'm not mistaken, I believe they sedate young children & babies for the MRI. We'll be praying for all of his tests results to be normal!

codrington said...

will be praying that all testing results come out favorably. Looks like the Lord has provided excellent physicians for the tasks to come. I know first hand that it is a blessing to be surronded by experts who are focused on your situation and doing their due diligence.

kari said...

I absolutely LOVE all the pics you posted.....they just warm my heart!! I can look at Ethan in one picture and see Adam, and then in another picture he looks like a miniature you!! You need to post one of your baby pics side-by-side with one of Ethan's....it's uncanny!!

Always loving and praying...

grandma kay said...

You all are a truly amazing family. We will continue to pray for you in the days ahead. God is with you all.
Grandma Kay

Goodies for Mom said...

Thanks for helping spread the word about our "Blogging for Blood Cancer" Event!!!!!!

Sending lots of prayers that all the tests have excellent results and for a safe trip. Your little guy has captured many of our hearts already.

Lois

Jenn @ Friends of Heroes said...

Ethan is such a cutie! In his photos, you wouldn't know he has such a battle inside his sweet little body. He (and you!) will be in my prayers that the tests will go smoothly and that his body will respond successfully to the BMT.

Thank you for posting the Blogging for Blood Cancer button amidst all that you have going on. We hope to find a CURE for Ethan and other patients like him :)

Pautlitz Blog said...

Kasey,
You don't know me but I am a friend of Amy and Tim Corbin. I have been reading your blog since the start and have been crying and praying for your family with every blog entry.

I am so blown away at how amazing you are as a child of God! Through your strength I am inspired everyday.

I have added the blogging for blood cancer link to my homepage in honor of your beautiful baby Ethan. My family will continue to pray for your family!

Sincerely,
Jennifer Pautlitz

Anna said...

Just stumbled onto your blog...may God bless you in the coming days and weeks!

Elizabeth & Family said...

YOU ALL are a truely AMAZING FAMILY. Sending Lots of PRAYERS that ALL the tests have EXCELLENT results and for a SAFE TRIP...

Kelly said...

We are praying for you. I know this next week is going to be rough for you. We will pray for strength for all of you. You have been such an encouragement in your faith.
Your baby boy is just precious. We love looking at his pictures and "milestones"!!
~Kelly