Brock Rocks

October 6, 2010

What A Day

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vanessa @ 3:30 pm

One year ago, today, we walked into The Children’s Hospital.  We didn’t leave for 19 weeks.

I have lots of thoughts and feelings to share but (as usual) no time to do it right now.

I did want to give you an update from our two appointments today, though.

Appointment with the surgeon – he just went over everything we’d talked about with the fellow last week (remember our attending was out of town).  We decided to do the surgery next Monday, October 11th.  He’ll do a thoracotomy (through the same incision he made last April), drain the air out of the cyst that’s in his lung, then stitch up any leaky airways and spray his lung with this powerdy material that causes it to form scar tissue and prevent any future air leaks.  (Thoracotomy with pleurodesis, to be exact)

Appointment with the oncologist – to my surprise we didn’t even discuss the whole prophylactic antibiotic thing that I’d mentioned in my last post.  She said she (and the entire team of oncologists) had looked over his ct scans decided they didn’t think there were any areas of active fungal infection (praise the Lord!).  AND, even though the infectious disease doctor wants us to remain on the iv antifungal medication, all of the hem/onc doctors agree that we can stop it.  Did you hear that?  Stop the iv antifungal that he’s been on for 49 weeks!  I was shocked.  I’m still shocked.  Totally not what I was expecting from that appointment.  They felt like all of the bacterial line infections he’s been getting lately are a greater risk right now than the (hopefully eliminated) fungal infection is.  He’ll still take an oral antifungal every day and we’re praying that that will be enough to keep the fungal infection away.

God is so good.  I have more to write later.  Thank you so much for continuing to pray with us!


  1. Praise the Lord! What good news to hear! I hope that the line infections now cease. Way to go Brock! we think of you everyday and pray for you every night!

    Comment by Melissa Scopes — October 6, 2010 @ 3:50 pm

  2. yes, God is so good!!! Wahoo!

    Comment by LIndy Mades — October 6, 2010 @ 3:53 pm

  3. Holy cow! What incredible news !!!

    Comment by soonerhawkeye — October 6, 2010 @ 3:58 pm

  4. I just want to say that I’m always in awe of mothers like you and Ryan (Tully) McLaughlin. You show so much faith and strength against so many obstacles. It’s truly inspiring. I keep your family in my thoughts and prayers. God bless!

    Comment by Shauna B — October 6, 2010 @ 4:03 pm

  5. Nice to hear the good news. We are still praying with you guys and thank you for the update.
    As always if you guys need anything we are glad to help.

    Comment by Clifford Family — October 6, 2010 @ 4:04 pm

  6. What a beautiful gift from God!! I hope and pray that he has many more to send : )

    Comment by Rachel Kolb — October 6, 2010 @ 6:58 pm

  7. Great to see little B at the studio and to see Jaycie so bouncey and happy. I am praying Jay’s back pain is relieved tonight and that God puts his angels around all of you.

    Comment by vicky bass — October 6, 2010 @ 8:27 pm

  8. That is such good news!! God is good. Stay strong and I pray for courage to outlast this attack. Can’t wait to hear the next good news!

    Comment by Shelley Stevenson — October 6, 2010 @ 11:56 pm

  9. So happy to read ths update Vanessa, you were in my thoughts all day and I emailed the prayer network of friends and family who have been praying for Brock to celebrate what a milestone the 6th was. Keep up the incredible work you two, you are awe worthy. Love Angela (Campbell) and family in Colorado

    Comment by Angela — October 7, 2010 @ 8:49 am

  10. Fantastic news! Much Love, Keren

    Comment by Keren — October 7, 2010 @ 1:55 pm

  11. Praise the Lord! Amen and Amen!

    Comment by Cindi Cartwright — October 7, 2010 @ 4:09 pm

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