Friday, January 02, 2009

Hate, hate, hate the Blackberry.

They wheeled LM into the OR at 7:42 this morning. The surgeon came to talk to me at 10:00. He said everything went well. He took out ~8-10" of colon. The suspicious looking spots on her liver that showed up during an x-ray a few days ago didn't look suspicious upon examination during surgery so they opted not to biopsy those. He said the liver looked good, the spleen looked good, the rest of the bowels and intestines looked good.

Her colon was swollen and clearly had been obstructed for some time. There was some evidence that her stool had contacted the appendix so to reduce the risk of infection/appendicitis they removed the appendix while they were in the neigborhood. A colostomy was installed and a hernia was repaired.

She'll have an NG tube down her throat for a day. She also has an oxygen mask because apparently they nicked her lung (pnuemothorax) a couple of days ago when they installed the central feeding line near her neck and don't want her lung to collapse. If it doesn't heal by tomorrow they may put a tube in through her side between a couple of ribs.

They will try to get her up and walking tomorrow and may start her on liquids tomorrow or the next day if everything looks ok. They expect her to stay ~5 days in the hospital. Not sure when the pathology results (for colon and lymph nodes) will be received, hopefully by the end of the week. With the holiday yesterday and the weekend coming, they expect a backlog on Monday but the oncologist said he will try to expedite things.

She has been in quite a bit of pain this afternoon and is giving the PCA machine a real workout, clicking the button every couple of minutes to get her morphine fix (although it only works once every 10 minutes). But it seems to be her back more than the stomach area. They have just given her another injection for pain and she is resting better now.

We thank everyone for the prayers, text messages, calls, and flowers. If I wouldn't have somehow screwed up her blackberry, I would have posted this 6 hours ago. I am at home doing this. ABOUT THE FLOWERS, although we do appreciate them and they are lovely, please do not send anymore now, the room we are in is very small and if we get any more they will be sitting on the floor. I hope that doesn't sound ungrateful.

Well, what else can I say. Why did life decide to start happening so fast? Hey, Michele just got here with some food for the kids. I think I'll go steal some before I go back up to the hospital. Thanks again to EVERYONE. I will try to post some more tomorrow. I know we're not out of the woods by any means yet, but I feel a little better today.

11 comments:

Jennifer said...

Sean, thank you for taking the time to give the update. Please tell Lisa Marie she is in my prayers.

Renee said...

This sounds like the first of many answered prayers. Rest well.

Leslie said...

Glad to hear all went well with stage one. Hope yall can rest Lord knows yall need it. Grandma Carole wants yall to know she sends her love and lots of it. Again, she is ready to go when you need her. I will get her there if you just give me a days notice. Take care and know yall are in our prayers. Please continue to keep us posted. Love Leslie

Stephanie said...

We're so glad to hear that the surgery went well. We hope you can get some rest. You're all in our thoughts and prayers.

Mama T said...

Thanks, I've been hitting refresh all afternoon. I'm glad she's through this and being tenacious about her pain meds!
Keep up the positive spirits, Sean, it's going to be a long ride.
Tiff etal

cuz said...

sounds like things are going good..hope you both get some rest...cousin leslie is a blackberry expert..and remember..pain meds are our friend..keeping you both in my prayers...love ya

Mama T said...

Hi there Sean, thank you for the update. I'm glad to hear all went "well"; although it sounds horrible, it also sounds like everything will be o.k.
Please do keep us all updated as things progress.
Sending warm thoughts from the frozen North...
Ben

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the update and the good news. Get some rest, hug your kids and try to rest a little. We are all here supporting all of you. Best wishes and many prayers are being sent your way. Love, Allison

Margaret said...

Day by day, day by day. I pray the days get easier than the one you had today. Our love and prayers are with you. Margaret

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the update. I know it has been the longest of days for you and we all appreciate the update. You know to call if you need anything. Please give Lisa Marie our best and tell her again that we are here for her. Love you guys.
Kathryn

LM's brother said...

Thanks to Sean for the blog update as well as the phone call. All my love and prayers to all of casa McLaughlin. I know it is so scary but I hope every day that you know that you are young and strong and you can beat this.