We have good news and bad news. The good news is that Chip is home with me when I need him most. He does not have pneumonia. The bad news is that the pulmonary specialist said the ct scan showed a mass in his chest. It’s all very surreal to me at the moment. I keep expecting to wake up from some horrible nightmare. But the physical ache in my chest is just too real to be a dream.
The drs let him come home today because the antibiotics and and breathing treatments couldn’t really do anything to make him any better. The mass is slightly wrapped around his left hylam (the tube going from his windpipe to his lung) and behind(between?) his lung, near his heart. It’s in the mediastinum. (All this medical jargon is more for personal reference, but I thought some of y’all might be interested since you’re in the medical profession). It is definitely NOT pneumonia.
The pulmonologist wanted to consult some colleagues as to the best way to do it, but Chip will be hearing about going for a biopsy. The dr is supposed to call to schedule it sometime in the morning. It’s in a difficult place to get at and he wasn’t sure what the best way to do the biopsy would be. It will hopefully be either a bronchoscopy (tube down this windpipe and needle through the brachial wall) or a needle biopsy. The only other option is making a small incision in his chest and spreading his ribs to get to it.
The dr says it does NO good to speculate at this point because they really just can’t know until the biopsy is done. Honestly, I’m just really not sure how to do that tonight. I think I kind of knew in my heart last night that this was more than simply pneumonia. Tonight, all I know is my heart aches and my world feels like it’s crashing in on me.
But I’m counting my blessings. My husband is home tonight. We have friends who are rallying around us and want to help. We have THOUSANDS of people all over the world praying for us. Right now I’m thankful that so many are praying because I’m just not sure I remember how other than with groans and tears.
I’ll have more to say tomorrow after we hear about the biopsy.