good afternoon! it has been quite a busy morning today.
i went home to rest overnight and upon walking in this morning around 9am, mom hopped out of the chair and exclaimed “let’s go do my hair!” the floor here at in the cancer center has a “spa room” that has a special jacuzzi tub for patients and a hair wash sink like the ones at the beauty salon. so we washed her right up and dad helped her blow dry and curl her hair. she’s lookin’ good y’all.
i missed the surgical rounding team this morning, but mom and dad said she may be able to go home tomorrow! her originally planned discharge date was 3.18.2014, so mom in typical overachiever fashion is 2 days ahead of schedule. to be able to go home, she has to be able to tolerate regular foods today and the transition to oral pain medication.
i did get here in time to talk to the pain team and our very favorite anesthesia fellow. he is specifically doing a surgical anesthesia fellowship and was with mom in the OR. he’s amazing and we knew mom was in good hands after talking with him before surgery. they stopped her epidural and started her on oral pain medication. they came back later this afternoon and removed the epidural since she wasn’t in extreme pain after her first dose of oral pain meds.
most importantly this morning we got her final pathology report from surgery. this confirmed what they originally thought. the gallbladder polyp was benign. the neuroendocrine tumor of the pancreas was malignant, but completely removed with clean margins with no disease outside of the tumor itself ((no lymph node extension, no metastases and for the medical peeps it was staged as T1)). i don’t know that any of us breathed a complete sign of relief until we read that final pathology report.
once i get her to take a nap ((no small order, let me assure you – she much prefers entertaining)), hopefully she may be able to hop on here and write y’all a little note herself. we got her to rest between her innumerable walks yesterday ((and he doctor even walked by her and complimented her on how fast she was walking!)) and i’m hopeful she’ll rest some today as well.
as always, thank you SO much for your continued prayers and support. i really want to share the story of the “angel armies” with y’all, but we will save that for next week. we love you all and are so, so incredibly thankful in you walking this journey alongside us.
- good pain control on oral pain medication
- continued diet tolerance
- that mom would not develop a pancreatic fistula (hole). this is the most common post-op complication from the enucleation procedure (69-70%). please pray mom will be in the 30% that doesn’t have this complication
- no other post-operative complications (infection, bleeding, blood clots in legs/lungs)
- and mom’s “most important” request of all, “that God would be glorified through it all!”
. . .we love you all – any questions/thoughts/and messages for mom please continue to leave in the comments.
she LOVES when we read them to her. . .