Well, we went for the ultrasound this morning at 9:15. As usual, he was a great patient and acted so grown up. It was done in a jiffy, but we had to wait around to see our doctor at 1:30.
We went to our good friends' place, Brian and Stephanie, for lunch (yum) and to pass the time away. Thanks, guys!! Then we went back and he broke the news to us...all is well.
Even by the time we got back to talk to the doctor, his cheek was starting to decrease in size a bit. But, the ultrasound just showed swollen lymph nodes. Whatever that bacterial infection was all about, for some reason it REALLY aggravated his lymph nodes. The doctor said that he couldn't tell us the why, but that is what it is. So, the antibiotics that he is on seem to be knocking out the infection...finally (now that he is on 2 different ones). We will just finish out the antibiotics and plan that he continues to progress and return to complete health. Right now he is doing great and running outside, playing in the woods with Hadley.
You guys, seriously, thank you SO MUCH for all your prayers and for genuinely being so concerned for our little guy. We love you much and will continue to let you know the status of Grady's 'fat cheek.' :)
I'll leave you with a little 'funny.' We were about to leave out of the clinic where we got the ultrasound. I had to use the bathroom. Joel and the girls were in the car, so I sat Grady down in a chair right outside the bathroom and told him not to move off of that chair, no matter what someone said. I was about to wash my hands when I heard a ruckus outside the door. Some lady was yelling and screaming and cussing. I recognized that struggle and was right in my assessment...a poor girl with some psychological/behavioral problems (I had a good many patients like that in my day). She had about 5 people holding her down on the floor when I got out there. She was yelling and cussing. Anyway, when I walked out the door, Grady was sitting on his chair (about 10 feet away from the disturbed female). He very sweetly and calmly and completely non-dramatically said, "She is so fussy, right Mama?" Kids are so funny and matter-of-fact and simplistic, aren't they?
O.K., now that Grady is on the mend, we are back to packing. We basically lost these past 4 days, so now we have SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much to do in the next 3 days to get everything done before we fly out on Tuesday (oh my gosh!!). We have to sort and organize (going to Brazil vs. storing here vs. giving away), pack up this house that we are living in, stow things away in storage, pack our suitcases, clean, etc. We had planned to be all done with all of that by today...we have several things planned for this weekend already, but with these 4 days lost, we are definitely in crunch time now. So, off to get busy. By the way, Happy Birthday to Hadley!! We already had a party for her (again, I'll blog about it sometime in the future maybe), but today she is now officially 4!
Thanks SO MUCH, again, for your prayers for our sweet boy. We felt them for sure. Keep us in your prayers still...for continued progress in Grady's recovery, for speedy hands to get all these things done, and for the not-so-fun goodbyes that will be coming in the next few days. I might not be blogging until we get back to Brazil next week (we fly out Tuesday and arrive in Brazil Wednesday), unless I need to blog about extra prayer needs. So, until next time, I'll leave you with a fun picture taken a couple of weeks ago. We sure do love a bathtub!! :)
Love you guys!