Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Laproscopy done!

Nick and I arrived at Huntsman a good 30 minutes late - thank goodness they didn't start without him! The fine medical staff still managed to get him wheeled in by 9:30 a.m. - right on time. The procedure took about an hour and they only needed to make 2 tiny incisions. Dr. Andtbacka met with us (the two fairy godmothers were with me in the waiting room) afterwards. All went well, as expected; they found about 100 seeds throughout his abdomen wall and lower intestines (about the size of peppercorns). He took a few of them to be biopsied to determine if they are alive and well or just dead pieces of cancerous scar tissue. There are also a couple of pockets of fluid again up near his liver, but not significant in size yet. The entire procedure was captured on video and will be fed x'd to Dr. Lambert in Massachusetts. We should have the biopsy results and Dr. Lambert's opinion by Friday.

If Dr. Lambert wants to go ahead with surgery, we'll schedule a conference call immediately. I couldn't get a read on if this a probability or not although Dr. A said it would happen sooner than later, definitely before Christmas. Hmm.

Soooooo, until then, Nick and I will catch a flight to Long Beach tonight. Lee is already in Newport Beach with Carly & Kelsey waiting for us to catch up. We will have some of nature's healing with the ocean, and Disneyland, of course. The plan is to drop off Nick in Las Vegas as we drive home on Sunday, so he can go with his cowboy buddies and attend the national rodeo finals Monday night. Thank goodness we have an awesome dog sitter (aka house sitter) to keep things on the homefront humming along.

I get many compliments on my ability to stay calm through this storm, managing it all with a wave of a hand, a smile on my face. So not true. Let me give you a glimpse of my reality; I have Lee scheduled to be in Chicago coaching on Dec 13th, 14th, & 15th. No worries, we have a whole WEEK to prepare. Lee received some questioning emails regarding his coaching classes on Dec 6th, 7th & 8th. What? Someone must've made a mistake. Hmm. My bad. I handle all of Lee's calendar and travel, etc. - so it's an obvious error on my part. I was up late last night rebooking his flights and hotel, rearranging how he will have to fly from Vegas to Salt Lake with enough time to race home, repack then go back to the airport to catch the last flight out of Salt Lake on Sunday night. Looks like the girls and I will be driving back home together. Catastrophe averted but I can't help but smile as Carly & Kelsey have Lee wrapped around their little fingers, dragging him to Universal Studios today with no lines, so they can go on each ride as many times as they want (just spoke to Lee and he is green, dripping in sweat, vowing not to let the girls know his nauseous predicament). Now there is a Prince Charming.

Also, one of Nick's fairy godmother's - Denise and her Prince Charming and best friend of 26 years, Jerry, finally made it official and got married yesterday. Congratulations, Denise & Jerry, we love you!

I'll post again once we get the results and opinion of surgery. Oh how I wish I had a picture of Lee at Universal Studios!!!!

With love,



Anonymous said...

HA! Lori - this means you are human! Good work on getting things sorted. As I'm writing this you are all in California... Have a wonderful time. Nick - hope your soreness has disappeared and you're ready for fun times. Always by your side... GM Jennie xx

Chris Ulvin said...

Welcome to California Lori and family, I know the ocean, sun, and Disney fun will lift your spirits. May time together as a vacationing family strengthen you for all that lies ahead. I will continue my daily prayers for Nick and will add Lee's frantic travel schedule to my ever growing list. Love and hope,
aunt Chris

P.S. Extend our best wishes to Denise and Jerry - may they enjoy 27 years as newly weds.

Chris Ulvin said...

Dear Nick
Today is another God letter day. May the trial begin and the results be victorious! Amen.
Love, aunt Chris