The doctors did find a mass located at the base of her liver near the bile duct (which we already knew that the bile duct had cancer). The surgeon took that tumor and over half of mom's liver, along with the bile duct. Then he reconstructed the duct and did the repair work.
It will be at least a week before the pathology report comes back on the tumor, so we don't know for sure whether that was malignant or benign. But the surgeon did take several other biopsies yesterday and had three pathologists standing by to read them--and they all came back "clean." Praise God!
When asked if mom's remaining liver will regenerate in her lifetime, the doctor smiled and said that with proper nutrition, her liver will regenerate in about a month! God's design of the body
is nothing short of amazing!
Here's my mom and dad pictured with our son when he moved into his college dorm this past fall.
Mom had a good night last night, her pain is under control and we're hoping she gets out of ICU today but that remains to be determined. She'll be in the hospital for another 7-10 days. The greatest obstacle right now (as we await the pathology report on the tumor and to find out if the cancer has spread) is the threat of infection. With all she's undergone--the invasive surgery, the tubes and drains, etc.--she has a 50/50 chance of infection setting in, which will bring unwanted complications.
But we all know that God doesn't let percentages bother Him. Nothing can stand in the way of His will. Whatever that is. Bless you all, again, for standing in the gap for me and my family. While I love words, sometimes, wonderful as they are, they fail to express our thanks.
And to the kind friends who stayed with us in the waiting room yesterday, helping the hours to pass...God bless you. Your laughter and love made all the difference.
One last request, please...if you've visted CBD.com and have frequented their "Author Shop" (located here), then you've been blessed by the work of Dianne Burnett, the Fiction Coordinator at Christian Book Distributors. Dianne's husband, Wayne, was very recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was told his diagnosis at best is a 2-5% chance of recovery, and the doctor gave them no hope.
But we know better, do we not, that God can heal with a thought if it's His will. Would you please join me in praying for Dianne and her husband, Wayne--for healing, for a miracle, and for an immovable faith as they walk this road.
Now to get a few words written before heading back up to the hospital.
P.S. It's mom and dad's 55th Wedding Anniversary tomorrow (the 21st), and we'll be celebrating their life together. Of course mom won't remember due to the morphine, but oh well... We'll tell her about it. :-)