As many of you know Nick has been complaining of some worsening lower back pain for a couple weeks now. The last few days, Nick's pain level has increased while he began experiencing numbness in his legs and recently pain in his right shoulder. We tried to get him to go to the ER a couple days ago, but he INSISTED he was going to get through Christmas.
At 4 AM, he got me up saying that he couldn't move his legs and that he was in excruciating pain. By 9:30 AM, we were at the ER at Mayo. You would think that with it being Christmas, things might move a little quicker...however, they seemed to move slower than ever. They admitted him to a room about 2:30 PM, and at 5 PM they took him for a full spine MRI.
They came back with the results about 7:45 PM and unfortunately they found two new tumors, one up around the neck/shoulder area, and one in the lower spine. It's not so much the shock of the news, but its the heartbreak of having to watch Nick endure the pain and suffering emotionally and physically that gets me. We don't have all the specifics yet, as we were only able to speak with the attending physician.
Hopefully, they will assemble a team tomorrow and we will need to make some decisions on how to proceed based on the info that they give us. Nick has already started steroids for pain and inflammation, and he's pretty heavily sedated from the pain meds. As of now, we are asking that there be NO visitors until we are able to get a treatment plan in place and make sure Nick is comfortable.
As you can imagine, this was not the Christmas Aaron, Nick, and I had pictured. But I will say we were able to have one of the best Christmas Eves you could ask for...lots of family, love, and laughter, just the way Nick wanted it.
This has been such a long journey. Nick said tonight that he doesn't want to be picked apart by this disease, and we pray that God is merciful in that. As news becomes available, I will update you.
In the meantime, please be in prayer for:
1. Nick's pain
2. The right treatment options
3. Wisdom for the physicians
4. Strength and peace for me and Aaron
5. ...and still, without a doubt, a MIRACLE.
I know you all are saying "Why is she just telling us!!!" but it was Christmas, and we wanted you to enjoy this time with your family as God allowed us to do yesterday. Aaron insisted on being with me every second, and was an amazing source of strength.
Nick said to tell you all he loves you.
Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”
The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him;
it is good to wait quietly
for the salvation of the LORD.
With a heavy heart,