Monday, July 21, 2008

It's been a long day

It has been a very long day today that started at 4:00am. We arrived at the hospital at 5:30 and by the time we got checked in and had a chance to speak with the Doctor, it was just after 7 when they took Evan away for his surgery. They anticipated the surgery would take around 6 hours but it took 10 hours. As the hours ticked by, someone would call me to let me know how Evan was doing. Finally at around 7:00pm the surgery was over and the Doctor came to speak with me. He said that the tumor was larger than they thought it would be so it took them longer than expected. He said that the tumor was about the size of a large grapefruit and was fully removed. He then said that they didn't remove the two tumors in the liver because there was no point in removing the two and leaving 100 behind. They will biopsy the tumor to verify that it is Carsinoid cancer as they originally thought. If it is Carsinoid then they will do nothing at this point with the tumors in the liver but if it is another form of cancer then they will have to do chemo. We should find out the results of the biopsy on Wednesday or Thursday. They took Evan to the ICU and told me to wait until they came and got me. At 9:00pm I still hadn't been called back so after some checking, JayDee, Matt, Melody and myself were able to go and see him. It was very difficult to see him so miserable but it was good to see that he had color to his face. He was still not fully awake by the time that we all left but he knew we were there. It is now 11:55pm and I have only been home long enough to make this post. When I left him he was in room 507 but they will probably move him by tomorrow. Thanks for all of your prayers, phone calls and posted messages. I will continue to post information as Evan progresses through his recovery. We send all of you our love.

Evan & Julie


Melody said...

Yes, it was a long day. Julie, you did great. You were so sweet with Evan. I know he is in good hands and will recover quickly because of your gift to discern his needs. I watched as you tenderly stroked his hair and put your fingers in his hands and asked him to squeeze if he wanted a cool washcloth on his forehead, which he did. You knew he was hot and removed the excess blankets. You covered him so he would be modest. It is a lovely thing to see a wife love her husband to the extent that you do. I love Evan. He is my brother, my sweet youngest brother. I am so happy that he has you in his life. May our Father in Heaven pour an abundance of blessings upon you and your family as you go through this trying time. My heart and prayers are with you. Let me know when you need something and I will be there. Remember, my house is open to you if you don't want to be far from the hospital. Love you all so much. Love, Mel

Anonymous said...

Hi Julie!
You and your family our in our hearts and prayers! You have such a sweet spirit and a lovely family. That is what will guide you through and never look back, just look forward and stay focused on the goal! You all will make it!
Love Stacy F. (UDOT)