Today is my Chipper’s birthday. Have I ever told y’all how much I adore that man of mine? Oh, that’s right – I have.
We’re not doing much to celebrate today. He had a drs appt this morning, had to work this afternoon and will have to teach at church tonight. Hopefully we’ll be able to get someone to watch the kids on Friday night so we can go out for a while. He still hasn’t gotten to see Talledega Nights. He did however get a nice sum of money for his birthday from people at the church. With which he bought himself an iPod Nano. I told him that if I’d had a dollar for every time he’d told me he wanted an iPod, I’d have been able to buy us both the most expensive one on the market. It’s nice to see him enjoying his birthday gift each day.
The drs appt went really well this morning. He went for a repeat follow-up with the pulmonologist. Most likely, what Chip had is/was hystoplasmosis. It’s a fungus that is very common in the IL/IN/OH area and if he were to pull 10 people off the street, the dr said that at least half of them would show signs of this in their body. He said that a healthy immune system will usually fight it off. Since Chip was already so sick with pneumonia, when he got this fungus (it’s in the soil in farming communities in the Midwest and Ohio River Valley – it’s kicked up during harvest and inhaled with the dust in the air) it just went wild with growth in his body. The dr said that the “horn” that went up and wrapped around his bronchial tube is almost completely gone. There is still something there, but it is significantly improved and they are just going to keep an eye on it. He’ll go back in 4 months and they’ll follow him with CT scans and such until he hits the 2 year mark – so March of 2008. Again, the dr reassured us that this is NOT cancer because “cancer does not get better.” God is just so good!
Time to go get some mac & cheese started to go with the ribs Chip is slow cooking for dinner. Happy, happy birthday, Chip! I love you more than words can say!