When I carried Jax back to the operating room yesterday, he was excited! He said “Hey, Doctor! It’s really awesome in here, isn’t it?” And everybody laughed and said “Wow, you’re a brave boy!” It’s true – he is a brave boy. Much braver than his mama, that’s for sure.
We spent 10 hours at the hospital yesterday. Our anxiety about the MRI results was through the roof. We didn’t eat well and we didn’t get any exercise. We were prepared for a rough recovery because that’s how it was last time.
So, when Jax’s bright smile and jokes roused us from an exhausted slumber this morning, we were surprised. His pain is non-existent. He has had zero bladder spasms so far thanks to a new medication. (Last time the spasms were debilitating and he screamed in pain for 10 days. Really, it was heartbreaking.) This time, Jax is outside playing. Let me say that again – Jax is outside. playing. the day after surgery.
We also got a call from Jax’s oncologist late last night. Great news – the tumor is slightly smaller and the spine deposits are stable. Next MRI is in 10 months! Whooohoo!
There are a few things I have learned since my little spit-fire joined us on this planet almost four years ago:
- Nothing ever goes as planned.
- Sometimes, that’s a good thing.
- Anxiety is a waste of time and energy. (But try telling that to anxiety.)
- If you want guidance on how to act, feel, or be in a particular situation, watch a child.
- Eventually, even the scariest and hardest things become easier.