The colon portion of the surgery lasted about 2.5 hours. It too was successful and we had a chance to speak with Dr. Shelton when he was finished. After about 1.5 hours in recovery Amy’s parents and I had a chance to see Amy for a brief visit. Then she was to be transfered to her room at around 3:00 a.m. But, her heartrate stayed high and had to be brought down with medication slowly before releasing her from recovery.
All that to say, me with jangled nerves and running on adrenaline, and her groggy and in a bit of pain, were settled in her room by about 6:00 a.m. Since then it’s been a flurry of doctors and nurses, all with good reports and encouragement about her progress.
We know for certain we have been carried along by all you thoughts and prayers. You are an amazing bunch of supporters and we can’t thank you enough.
Goals for Amy today: rest, control pain, and possibly try and walk a little
Amy is still in surgery, but Dr. P has finished with the liver after six hours of work. He was pleased with the result and was able to get a good margin of good liver tissue around the area. He even brought a picture of the liver and tumor. That's my kind of surgeon:) I'll spare you it now and let Amy decide if she wants to add it later.
Now on to the colon...
Well today is the surgery day. We arrived and met with Dr. Shelton our colon surgeon (the first Dr. we met at Stanford way back in August) and Dr. Poultsides (liver) as well as two anesthesiologists and the nursing team.
Amy's parents, her sister Nicole and I were able to spend the pre op waiting time with her, laughing and sharing funny stories from Christmas. Four grand kids made for some great moments Christmas day. And, lets just say that Nana and Papa found some interesting surprises around their house after we all left. I'll spare you the details.
Surgery started at 1:30pm. Thank you so much for the many texts and emails of encouragement yesterday an this morning. Please join with us in praying for her and the surgery team. We're expecting the liver surgery to be around five hours, followed by the colon taking two to three and recovery around two hours. We'll keep you posted as the doctors come out from each stage of the surgery.