Dear family and friends,
I'm sure many of you are anxious to hear how things turned out with Ryan today. Well, as things have happened so many times in this long and arduous journey, we have mixed news to bring you.
Today Ryan received his second theraspheres treatment, and it was pretty uneventful. Like he was at Thanksgiving, he will be sore and sick for a few days. We might even actually be expecting jaundice and pain and other symptoms that totally threw us for a loop the last time and landed him in the ER twice in two days. He and his dad are on their way home right now from Zion and Ryan is doing just fine.
The prayer request part of this blog post is this: the tumor that we had mentioned in our previous blog post as a concern is now a major concern. Ryan has a tumor that is growing near the center of his liver that is not normal. It does not get its blood supply from the blood vessels that go to the liver; it is being supplied by blood vessels that supply his large intestine. What this means is that the treatment he has been receiving (theraspheres) is not going to be effective for that tumor whatsoever.
What does this fully mean? We are not sure yet. All that we know is that our doctors are not sure yet how to proceed and there is not a plan in place. There probably won't be a plan in place for a week or more. While this won't necessarily slow down treatment - Ryan will have to take a couple of weeks off after this radiation anyway - you all probably know how INCREDIBLY patient we Prudhommes are and how much we like to wait around for decisions to be made.
We will update you when we have more details. I really hate to leave you guys with more questions than answers but truly, we are in the same situation. We love you and continue to covet your prayers.
"Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord , 'He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.'"