Friday, August 28, 2015

Spoke too soon

Mark was all cleared to go home from Round 4 this morning, but a few tests remained that didn't quite get wrapped up in time, pushing his departure later into the day.

An abdominal x-ray was performed yesterday that found no obvious abnormalities other than a little acid reflux, which was more or less expected.  This was part of an overall investigation to see if there was something unknown contributing to his difficulty eating and keeping food down.  Since that came up with no obvious causes, other tests were planned that didn't get done until today.

During an ultrasound done this afternoon, small air pockets were found around the veins in his liver.  We don't know much about what this means yet except that the ultrasound doctor indicated that in some cases it can be very serious depending on what caused it.

So, in order to investigate further and get a handle on the situation, Mark is being scheduled for a CT scan tonight, pushing his return home out by at least a day.

Spoke too soon about how easy things were going.  This has the potential to be a very serious complication, but we hope and pray that the outcome is otherwise.

Thanks for reading.


  1. Prayers for Mark and the Billington family.

  2. Sigh. We are continuing to pray. Thank you for keeping us updated. Give Mark hugs from the both of us and give yourselves some too. We love you.

  3. Praying as always :( So much up and down emotionally... :( hang in there.

  4. I hope it's nothing serious. I will pray for u guys. Hugs!