good morning from the wake forest baptist comprehensive cancer center!
we got a bit of sleep last night and mom continues to be pain-free. mom was awake and alert following surgery ((thanks to an epidural and no narcotic pain meds so far)). this morning she was started on a clear liquid diet and as long as she tolerates this, they will advance her diet. other goals for today include getting up and moving, remaining off oxygen, and keeping her pain well controlled. not surprisingly, before her surgical team rounded this morning at 6:45am, mom already had her shoes out to let the team know she was over this being in bed mess. 🙂
the team has sent the tumor removed from her pancreas for final pathology which will be back in a few days. however, the initial pathology from the biopsy taken did suggest malignancy.
we continue to be immensely impressed with wake forest baptist health system. the physician teams, nursing staff, and all ancillary staff seem genuinely happy in their jobs ((even night float!!)) and are caring, attentive, and always willing to help. and as someone who works in a hospital myself, i have to say i am hard to impress.
and most of all, we are thankful for YOU. for your continued support and prayers. you have reminded me of the story from exodus 17. this story talks of how Israel prevailed when moses held up his hands and when he became too tired to hold them up on his own, aaron and hur came and held his arms raised. so we say thank you. from the bottom of our hearts for helping us hold our arms up throughout this journey.
we have been reading all of your messages to mom, and she wanted me to pass on that she loves you all and is so, so grateful.
- continued pain control without the need for narcotic pain medications
- diet tolerance, mobility, and remaining off oxygen today
- 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 i quote from mom, “that God would be glorified through it all!”
. . .we’d love it if you’d continue to communicate via the comments.
we are sharing them all with mom and it just tickles her pink to hear from all of you!