Thank you to everyone for your messages of support! I slept well last night and I’m not the least bit nervous about my surgery this morning.
At 10 am, Dr. Michael Burke will perform a partial gastrectomy, removing my tumor along with half of my stomach, adjacent lymph nodes and possibly my spleen. Amanda will post an update here as soon as possible.
Mom didn’t end up going in for surgery until around noon. She didn’t get out until 4 or so, and by 6 was finally in her own room. The surgery went well. They ended up taking only about a third of her stomach, “several” lymph nodes (she asked how many, but that was the best answer they had), and her vagus nerve, which controls the sphincter at the bottom of the stomach, which regulates how fast the food moves through. When she had met with her oncologist previously, they had said that they wanted to do everything they could to avoid taking it out, but her doctor says she should be fine without it….
She’s doing well now, but her back hurts and her throat is really sore from having a tube down her throat during surgery. Every 10 minutes or so, we’re allowed to give her a single ice chip, which she is always very excited to receive. 🙂 She apparently was taking too many too fast earlier, so they had to restrict how many and how often she could have them. She was also happy when Dad and I brought her pillow, because “the pillows here are crap.”
She is now trying to rest a bit to the pleasant sounds of Rick Steves’ Europe. 🙂
The nurse just walked in to bring Mom sponges on sticks to keep her mouth moist. She seems to really be enjoying them. 🙂 “Sponges on a stick! Wheee!”