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,