Saturday, March 26, 2011

Cooper's Latest MRI Update

I realized that I had not updated the blog after Cooper's last MRI (March 7th). We are so thankful that Cooper has had another "ALL CLEAR" scan!

We went that morning, and in true "trooper" fashion, Cooper slept until I woke him up to leave for the hospital, never even asked to eat or drink, and even bobbed his head around dancing and smiling to the music in the car on the way! It's amazing how these little details are so important, especially at his age.

Once we went back to Radiology, he suddenly realized where he was and what was going on. His face went from just fine to horrified the minute the big doors opened. After pulling out a bag full of his "little men", which are his favorite thing to play with....he settled down.

We are so thankful, yet a little sad that we know the nurses, anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, and radiologists on a first name basis at Vanderbilt. They are amazing people and do their jobs beyond expectation. We were happy to have our nurse, Christa again this time.

Cooper with his nurse Christa
It definitely took longer to wake up from anesthesia this time and he has had a more difficult time over the last few MRI's, as he is getting older. He likes to point that finger and tell everyone "NO", if anyone tries to talk to him! He also threw up all over himself in the car on the way home.......not fun!

We met with Dr. Pine, one of his oncologists, on March 9th. Sadly, we found out that she will be leaving Vanderbilt to move to Utah soon, working with a Hospital specializing in bone marrow transplants. She has been such a blessing and will be missed. Dr. Ho will continue as our primary oncologist with Cooper and has been following him from the beginning.

Cooper with Dr. Pine
Basically, we got the exciting news from Dr. Pine that Cooper can now go 6 months between MRI scans until he is about 5 1/2 - 6 years old. If all scans remain clear between now and then, he will be discharged from the care of the Oncologists and considered in complete remission at that time!!

God is so good and we are so very thankful for this news!