Update: Brady's blood counts are back up, with the exception of his platelets. He doesn't need the GCSF shot anymore...horay! Still waiting for a call back from the doctor to discuss her conversation with Sloan...thinking she might call tonight.
I asked over the weekend for prayer regarding a response from Sloan. Prayers are answered! Our oncologist called this morning to tell us that she heard back from their office. The next step is to organize paperwork, scans, and insurance information. Apparently their doctors want all of Brady's info in a certain format. This process will take a few days, then all info will be sent down there. Our doctor asked what Dr. Laquaglia's surgical schedule looks like in the coming weeks. The office person thought maybe the end of March would be a possibility. So I'm setting my sights on about 3 weeks from now. Matt had asked the doctor how she thought the surgeons would access the tumor. Our doctor thought maybe it would involve collapsing Brady's lung in order to get at the mass in his chest. Then of course a neurosurgeon would need to be involved to get the remaining tumor out of his spine. This leads me to think that our trip will be at least a few weeks.
Of course worries about travel arrangements, time away from home, and organizing help with the kids comes to my mind. I have emailed a group called Corporate Angels who "donate" extra seats on corporate jets to cancer patients who need to fly to places for their treatment. They can only work on getting you seats a week or so in advance, so we have to make other arrangements with a commercial airline once we get an appointment. Then we contact them and see if there are seats available through their organization. Matt and I are thinking that we will both go down with Brady and stay until his surgery is complete. Then we will take turns flying home to be with the kids for as long as he needs to recover.
I know that with prayer these specific needs and concerns will be taken care of. We serve an awesome God, and as my new favorite praise song says, "He can move the mountains!"
I'll update later if we get any more info, we are waiting on catecholamine and blood work results!