Surgery Day

It’s after 12am so it is officially surgery day. I’m staying in the hospital room tonight because Travs nerves are on edge and he didn’t want me to go to my hotel.

We had a little bit of a teary day. It’s not easy being away from the “littles” and facing the procedures that Trav will be going through over the next few months.

A couple of great things happened today though. First, my dad and Trav’s dad and step mom came to be with us. It’s so nice to have them here. We all prayed over Travis tonight before they went to their hotel. Great to have family!

Secondly, we received so much attention from the doctors today. Multiple doctors spent large chunks of time with us. They explained so much and answered all of our questions. It was seriously impressive. This hospital is awesome. Not just the people but also the campus. It’s like a beautiful college campus.

Now to the facts. The surgery prep begins around 730 AM. Travis will need prayer during surgery prep because he is so over being poked and prodded (he hates needles). He will be getting MANY needle sticks tomorrow and one of the needle sticks will be his first epidural. Hopefully it won’t hurt because of local numbing, but it will totally “creep” him out:).

The surgery will start around 9 AM. It is estimated to last about 4 hours. The surgeons have studied his scans like crazy and they have changed their original plan for his surgery. They were going to take a large piece of his liver with at least one 2 inch tumor.

BUT, the head surgeon let us know today that Travs two big tumors are starting to cause some trouble for the right side of the liver. The big tumor is about the size of a soft ball now and then there is a slightly smaller one next to the big guy. They can not get to them because they are right on top of his portal vein and his hepatic artery. They are dangerously positioned.

Anyway, because the right side is starting to be compromised they don’t want to lop off a chunk of his liver and hope for the best. Luckily, he has 2 to 3 nice little tumors sitting right on the outside of his liver.

The surgeon said that those couple tumors will be staring at him when he cuts Trav open. He will cherry pick those tumors, removing only about 2% of his liver. He said that those tumors will be more than enough to grow cells from.

Pray for nerves, pray for a perfect surgery, pray that they open him up and the cancer is gone:), pray that he recovers in record time so we can get home to the littles.

Thank you all for being Travs Army.
Love and Hugs,
Carrie

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21 responses to “Surgery Day

  • Erica

    Carrie! You’ve got prayers coming from around the world! God has got this. I’m praying so hard for you all!

  • erin harvin

    We WILL be praying all day!! Thank you Jesus for this day!

  • Graham

    Praying for great friday miracle

  • Anonymous

    I have begun my day in prayer for you guys. Our God is a God of miracles and healing and I pray that Travis’s mortal body is healed and that you all get more time here together. Thank you so much for taking the time to share these updates with us all. Praying in Missouri!

  • frank

    Carrie & Travis,

    You are both in my prayers daily—-and especially last night & today.

  • Kay Van Curen

    Carrie, I have not had the pleasure of meeting you and Travis in person but feel as though I know you because I have been following your journey and praying for you both throughout the process. I’ve already bathed you and Travis in prayer this morning and even as I type this, I am praying in my heart for God to continue to do miracles and complete healing. I’m praying that Travis can lean on Jesus and let His infinite power give him strength to endure. Jesus knows what pain is all about as we spend today, Good Friday, remembering His pain and eventual death BUT He rose again. It’s Friday — but Sunday’s coming! For you and Travis as well. Thanks for all the updates.

  • Kim E.

    Covering you all in diligent prayers on this GOOD FRIDAY!!!! God was with Jesus on that faithful day many years ago, just like He will be with you all today and through recovery. God is going to show out again…that’s my prayer for you all!

  • Anonymous

    Oh sweet friend, we are praying, praying, praying! Hugs to you. So thankful you are surrounded by love ones. Praying God directs all who attend to Travis and I am expectant of success!

  • Linda M

    God is still the Great Physician. We will pray for you and Travis for successful surgery and healing. May God wrap His loving arms around your family.

  • Cathy Dunnagan

    Carrie and Travis, lots of prayers for you both. I also want you to know, I am almost 5 years cancer free from this horrible cancer. I too was stage 4 and inoperable but thank to God, 2strangers and my here Dr. Chapman, I am alive!! (That is exactly how Dr. Chapman would list it) I am proof there is HOPE and miracles. I have an amazing story to share full of so many miracles, so when life is little less chaotic for you I would love to share it with you or check out video I was asked to make for Barnes-Jewish Hospital with Dr. Chapman (yes there is an actual video talking about CC)!!
    Lots and lots of prayers for HOPE and MIRACLES-Cathy
    jrdunnagan@gmail.com or 618-567-3247

  • Anita Zimmerman

    Thank you for taking the time to update us so often. Your emails are always a blessing and encouragement to me as I read them – a testimony to the Lord’s “grace in times of need.” I have prayed for you this morning and will continue to do so – that God will work through these doctors to bring about healing, and that you will feel His arms wrapped tightly around you every moment of every day.

    Anita Zimmerman

  • Danielle

    Praying for Travis and all of you!!!

  • Connie Hensley

    Thank you for taking your precious time to keep us all updated! My prayers are with you.

  • Nancy and Rene

    Praying and sending you good thoughts on this scary day. Travis has such a fighting spirit which has led him to today. Hugs to you all.

  • Felicia Conwell, Kaiser Permenente

    Heavenly Father Author of Life, Healer of Wounds, Source of Abundance, Unconditional Love and Mercy, please hold Travis Lee Robert, in the palm of your hand and look at his liver,heart, intestine,etc…. more closely, examine it, heal it, strengthen the weak parts, reconnect the areas that are loose, mend it and make his body new again. Please direct, guide and bless the hands, minds, eyes, and instruments of the team of professionals, the surgeon, the anesthesiologists, specialized nurses, medical attendants assigned to do the surgery today and every person that touches him. Invite them to focus their minds to the tasks at hand and make each one of them perform their assigned tasks O Lord perfectly and precisely attuned to your command as the Great Conductor, Divine Healer and Comforter. Holy Spirit and Comforter breathe love and peace to the family and love ones, that they may continue to feel your warmth and love on this day of the surgery. Assure them that Travis will be healed fast and soon as he will continue to serve you in the ministry you called him to do for the proclamation of Christ goodness, grace and mercy. We call on the intercession of all the angels and saints in heaven, today. We lift up our prayers in the Name of God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit who lives forever and ever. Amen.

  • Bob bracewell

    Praying in California for peace, healing and miracle’s. Friends of Tyson Bell following your journey!

  • Kelly Ricci

    Praying for success!!!! Praying Travis will stay strong and healthy as he recovers and enters this trial, praying for his WBC and praying that he feels the strength that all his friends, old and new, are sending him at this time…..and of course prayers for his dear family.

  • Vicki and Walt Gansser

    We are sending you prayers for Travis’ successful surgery and quick recovery. Much love to you both, Vicki and Walt

  • Kay Pigg

    We are praying..for BIG miracles!

  • Linda messer

    Still praying on this Good Friday for good results,

  • Anonymous

    Travis and Carrie,
    My prayers are with you and your family. Remember you can do all things through Christ that strength you. Trav this is another test that God is putting you through. So that you can continue to give your testimonial.

    Love you all
    Darlene

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