Since my last posting, the decision was made to repeat Phil's MRI this morning before going to surgery. His surgical team felt that with the invasive nature of the surgery, Phil's underlying fragility, and the many risk factors, it behooved them to gather up to the minute information before taking him to the operating room. Additionally, his immune system has just begun to function on it's own and they wanted to give him every opportunity to mount his own response to this infection, to better equip him for the challenges of surgery.
Clearly, whomever said no news is good news hasn't sat around waiting for an MRI to be completed. However, the wait was worth it. The scan showed that there has been more improvement and Phil's immune response has made a difference. His eye is definitely better since yesterdays MRI. It also shows that the infection has been spreading through the venous system into he brain and not through the dura, which basically means that the antifungals should be able to penetrate the infection given more time. So, NO SURGERY IS NECESSARY TODAY. In fact, Phil will continue his current course of treatment and have his next scan on Monday - 4 days from now!!! This is the first good news we've had and we couldn't have been happier to receive it.
He will need the antifungals for at least 6 weeks and chemotherapy is still on hold. Surgery is still a very real option and not one of us is deluded into thinking Phil is out of the woods. This is still a day to day existence of prayer and thanksgiving and enjoyment of one another. Family is gathering and we continue to ask for and bask in your enormous outpouring of prayers, love and support. Team Conrad continues to grow as word has spread of Phil's fight and we feel connected to you in a powerful way.
Let us celebrate Phil's victory today. Livestrong!