Our team of doctors and other personnel continues to grow. This morning, I tried to count how many people were in our tiny room for this morning's rounds and updates; I got to 10 before I was too distracted to listen to the doctor. Doctors, residents, fellows, social workers, nurses, not sure who else. We came to a realization that this is our new extended family; they will continue Scarlett's care no matter how long and what direction this takes, so we better get cozy.
Scarlett will have a biopsy at 7:30 tomorrow morning, December 22, 2010. This process is minimally invasive (or as minimally invasive as a brain biopsy can be). There is a portion of the tumor that has been eroding through the skull, so the bone is very thin. This is where they will enter for the biopsy. The actual procedure should be only 30 minutes, but preparations, anesthesia, etc. will make it about 2 hours. She will have just a few small stitches, and should feel very little.
Afterward, she will be monitored closely. Our doctor hopes to keep her out of PICU, but we will go wherever we need to. If she is recovering well, they want us home for the weekend. We're betting on Christmas at home.