Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Surgery was a success

They finished up about 8:00 and came to talk to us about 8:30. The surgeon said he thinks he got more than 95% of the tumor out. He thinks what could be left isn't alive. They sent the tumor to a pathologist and he will be able to tell us that, if there is anything left in Cohen's abdomen, if it is alive. (Sorry it's been a really long day and that sentence doesn't sound right to me but I can't think of any other way to say it.)
Cohen is intubated now and they hope to get him off of the ventilator tomorrow morning. He lost all of his blood throughout the day so he has brand new blood in him (thank you donors!) He is really puffy and his heart rate kept shooting up because he was uncomfortable and waking up. His nurse gave him some more morphine but he really likes to fight medicine. It's so hard to see him this way. You'd think we'd be use to this from Kelsi and all but I couldn't help but get teary eyed. Poor guy shouldn't have to go through all of this...
Thank you so much for all of your kind thoughts and prayers. He is such a trooper.


Shauna said...

We're so glad to hear that everything went well. Please let us know if you need anything at all. We're praying for you guys!


Carl and Shauna Curtis

Kenny & Michele Kingsford Family said...

Wow, what a long and stressful day you have had! I'm impressed you can put two words together, let alone make sense of all those medical terms surgeons use! I'm so relieved to hear that things went well today. Hopefully you can all have a restful night of sleep (too bad you can't get some meds too). We continue to keep you in our prayers.

Hang in there!

carolyn q said...

I am glad that it went well. I can imagaine how the day felt like it was never going to end. Good news tomorrow is a new day and now he is past this surgery and can recover. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

"Learn from Yesterday, Live for Today, Hope for Tomorrow"


Lizzybo said...

I'm so glad he's through this difficult part of his challenge. I hope and pray for a very quick recovery and nothing but good news.

You are doing a great job at explaining all of this. It's tough to take what the doctors tell you and translate it so that everyone else can understand. I think you have become quite the expert at all of this medical stuff - and have also become really good at helping the rest of us understand.

Love you!

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