The short of it is two-fold. One, the radiation-damaged areas on his spinal cord have not repaired themselves as we'd hoped they would. And two, there's a spot in the nerve fibers low on his spinal cord that's enhancing. I don't really have to tell you all what that may mean. There's no official word on what it is yet --that'll come sometime tomorrow-- but the reason the hospital called was to ask if he'd had any recent or sudden issues with incontinence (no). If he had, they'd have had him go in for a steroid shot. (Because of course, he hasn't already been pumped full of enough steroids at this point.)
So there you go. I'm utterly devastated. My heart is breaking into a million pieces, but tomorrow is Abby's 7th birthday so I have to hold it in; save the crushing emotion for a more convenient time.
It's true that we don't yet know what all of this means. Or what it is, for that matter. The person who called said they weren't happy to see the spot enhancing, but she added that the radiologist was still completing the read so there's not yet any official word. We knew that there was a good chance that he'd need to move on to another course of treatment for the spinal injury; the notion that something else may be going on is simply too much to bear.
PLEASE pray for us. If I could write pray pray pray pray pray for healing a million times over, I would. Pray for my sweet, wonderful little boy who deserves better than this. Pray for that miraculous healing that I just know is available for anyone who reaches out and asks for it. Pray that the Holy Spirit will fall afresh on him and make him WELL; heal his little body and restore him to our family.