So many prayers were answered today. Our surgeon was able to get the enlarged lymph node without any trouble. In other words, they were able to get it with the smaller incision and the scope instead of the large incision that would have been much more painful and involved. Everything went beautifully. She only biopsied that one area because when she looked at the other two areas they were fine. The lymph node is going to be sent off to pathology and we will get definitive results next week, but our surgeon told us that as far as she can see, she feels like that it is likely not cancer. She had her doubts that it was cancer all along, but the oncologists were very concerned and pushed for this. We have yet to hear from them and they could have a different opinion, but as of right now, we are hearing good news. One thing in our favor at this point involving the lymph node is that it came out very "fleshy" and soft instead of being hard. Normally, a cancerous tumor would be hard in this type of circumstance. So, we will wait and see, but we are praising God that Caelan is alright, that they got everything they needed without complications, that they did not have to cut on him too deeply, and that our surgeon is optimistic at this point. Again, that is not the final answer because pathology has to do its work, but we feel better about this at this point.
God is so good. He has been so close to us throughout all of this and He will continue to be. We will be here until at least Saturday or Sunday. Caelan is in a lot of pain when he wakes up, but they are managing it nicely and he will sleep throughout most of the day. He has a chest tube to take off any fluid build up and that, combined with the incision is painful, but that will soon pass. He is doing well.
Thank you all so much for praying. We will continue to look to God and trust Him to do His work. God is so good.