Michelle Swingle here, logging in on behalf of Jennifer. She composed the letter below and asked me to post it for you...
Once again we are in need of prayer. Surprise surprise. :) I took Samuel to the doctors at 7:30 this morning. (Samuel has continued to be in pain since Monday.)
After our doctor did a rectal exam he detected something was very wrong and sent us to CHKD ER.
After a normal ultrasound test and abdominal x-ray all that was left was a CT scan. It revealed an enlarged bladder. The reason for this was a baseball to softball sized mass. It blocked his bladder from urinating as well as made him become constipated. It's also causing his pain.
He has a catheter and IV now as well as enjoying the effects of morphine.
We have seen an oncologist and have spoken several times at length. Samuel is now a patient on the oncology floor under the care of Dr. Lowe.
We will be here all week-end into next week (at a minimum) running more tests, bone scan, MRI, etc. A biopsy will be in the future.
Although in all likelihood, according to the doctors, this is cancer we are still hoping, praying and crying out to God to heal our precious boy.
To say that we're exhausted and overwhelmed would be an understatement but we know and put our trust in our faithful God. He is our Rock. He is our Hope. Though the earth give way He will remain. He will sustain and carry us.
ps - Michelle will help me manage my blog and provide updates over the next whatever. :) Don't have blogging abilities in the hospital.