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Bakersfield, CA, United States
Hans was a busy, happy, sweet and fearless three year old when he was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma. He fought his disease like a "gladiator" for nearly 6 years. Hans was an animal lover to his core. He was 'guarded' at home by his three cats, Black, Orange and Cotton. He also had his Golden Retriever, Honey, to keep him company. Hans enjoyed swimming, biking, gardening, grilling (he had his very own grill!), horseback riding, playing video games, building Legos, and flipping between Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and Animal Planet. Hans loved all members of his family and he was a loyal friend. He had to go through a lot of treatment in his life. But Hans powered through it. His attitude was let's get this done! His motivation was always to get back home, to his family, pets, favorite foods and pool.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

stable with a false alarm

I'll just start off by telling you that all is well! Hans scans ultimately read Stable today. But, we did have a big scare. Hans was just out from bone marrow aspirations (a general anesthesia procedure) when Dr. Mosse came to find me. "There's a new spot." she said. The bottom drops out, and she goes on to explain that it is a spot above his left eyebrow. But, she explained that she had already ordered a CT/"spect"because she wasn't 100% convinced it was a progression. Sooo, over the next couple of hours I experienced a very specific level of NB hell. We got right into the CT scan, and quickly back up to our office visit. I was ultimately relieved to hear that Dr. Mosse's intuition was right. The CT scan revealed that Hans' original spot was there on the backof the skull, but the new spot was completely normal. This actually suggests there was some contaminant on that part of his head. It should read perfectly normal in a couple of days. Exhausted, Hans and I went to celebrate at MadMex. Chips, salsa and a strawberry margarita for me. It has been a week of rather extreme circumstances for us. Right now, the four of us are separated one three coasts (if you define 'coasts' loosely). Kevin is already at work in the new position in Bakersfield, putting an offer in on a house today, Elle is back in The Woodlands, staying with Kelly, one of her BFF"s, and here we are in Philly getting freaked out by contaminated MIBG Scan!


Anonymous said...

Wild ride! So happy everything is good :) Safe travels home!

Love you all
Aunt Holly and Uncle Michael

Shannon said...

Glad to hear "stable" but sorry for your NB hell today! I hope that Hans enjoyed his chips & salsa & that you really enjoyed your margarita :)

Kate said...

Wow! Like you needed a false alarm!! Sooo thankful everything is ok and Hans is stable!

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Anonymous said...

I'm so glad that this was a false alarm! Hang tough, you will all be together soon...and in CALIFORNIA no less!!!


Anonymous said...

WHOA! So sorry about the day's drama, but THRILLED to know all ended well with the word "stable!"

Home for you and Hans!

Love and hugs,
Aunt Susy

Anonymous said...

Gosh La - Only 1 margarita? Too scary but the end result was A-O-K ! And, we are all so very glad to hear that. Love, pl

Anonymous said...

Well all that's a roller coaster you did not ask for. Super glad that all turned out fine and that there were chips and salsa and margaritas to soothe the nerves. Tell Hans, salsa-love is in the genes: his great-cousins Erin and Quinn went through quarts of the stuff (literally) over summers at el rancho in New Mex. :) I still do. :) love ya. erin

Halie Pigott said...

So sorry to hear about the scare! Rejoicing with you guys that all is well!