the best word to describe the last 24 hours would be "progress".
Yesterday afternoon after receiving my x-rays from that morning, texas children's discovered a mediastinal mass in my chest, meaning a mass in front of my heart. at 5:02 pm My mom, dad, and I unexpectedly headed to houston due to the urgency of my case regarding the Mass. Once we reached houston, we spent some time in the Er. during this time, I was both anxious and immediately cared for. We have met countless wonderful doctors, nurses, Fellows, and residents in just one day and I am so excited to continue to meet more. After a full night of more chest x-rays and labs, I was moved into a room on the oncology floor of the hospital. my night nurse danielle gave us a tour of the floor and talked through some information with us before getting to fall asleep around 2:30 am. Those 6 hours were probably some of the hardest and most challenging hours of this journey so far.
I am happy to say that I am currently sitting in my comfy hospital bed after being started on a steroid medication called prednisone. my medical activities today have included some IV action, an echocardiogram (an ultrasound of my heart), preliminary tests for my breathing, and finally a PICC line where I will now be receiving all my medicines from.
I want to thank everyone of you on the other side of this screen. Thank you for praying. Thank you for joining the team. thank you for your encouraging words. But most of all, thank you for surrounding me in a blanket of love that I feel everywhere I go. I feel it as I walk down the hallways of the hospital, and I feel it during the doubts and little moments of new medical experiences. Your words of kindness are making Team rye stronger.