Monday, June 27, 2011

Bone Scan

I'm sitting in the waiting room at Baylor Dallas while Tanner is having a full body bone scan.

He came home from Montana full of wonderful stories of activities, new friends, dreams - and a sore left tibia. This is the area where the cancer was first discovered in June 2009 when the bone snapped in two and has been so slow to heal.

He did so many things... zip lining, hiking, climbing ropes, basketball in the pool... I think he over exerted the leg (though the right leg that just had the rod inserted has done great) and a knot came up and has been causing him some discomfort.

We went to the Orthopedic Surgeon's office on Friday and when they pressed on the area of swelling, he cried out in pain.  They did x-rays and the nurse practitioner said there is a definite crack through the bone and she doesn't know if it's new damage or just the initial crack that still hasn't healed all the way.

She said the best thing to do would be to have a bone scan performed so they can check it out - and when we went to the schedulers office, we were surprised to see that they scheduled a full body scan instead of just the leg.

Tanner had a little bit of an emotional break down at the doctor's office and ended up in tears.  It's been a while since he's broken down and I'm thinking maybe it had something to do with the fact that he was exhausted from surgery on the right femur followed by the trip to Montana.

He handles his health issues so well.. I'm surprised he doesn't have these emotional melt downs more often.  I told him that I can hardly imagine how hard all of this is for him to handle and that all I could tell him is that I too, as his mom, have difficulties comprehending why this happened and that if I ever lose him, I will want to follow him.  That's just how a mother's love works...  Anyway... we ended up having a heart to heart in the doctor's office on Friday and today here we are, once again, at the hospital.

We are supposed to get the results on Thursday, but I've since remembered that he has chemo scheduled on Thursday so I'm going to have to do some rearranging..  He is actually hoping they will just go ahead and put in a rod in this bone too.  He said it's been two years and he's tired of worrying about it breaking - and that when we go to Hawaii for his Make A Wish trip in August, he doesn't want to end up in the hospital...

I think it's because he has his mind set on para-sailing....

1 comment:

  1. Angie: As always, Tanner is in my prayers. Praying for good news, on Thursday.

    Hugs to you!!