Monday, December 13, 2010

Update, Part I

Finally, at 4:45 p.m. after another 2 batches of coconut bread, 5 loads of laundry, dishes, dusting, working with the plumber, going to the store and decorating the tree, we finally heard from Dr. Lambert! She apologized for the delay in calling, as she had hoped to talk to Dr. Andtbacka one more time before he left for the other side of the world - she didn't. She is unclear about the remaining tumor left on Nick's small intestine, fearing it is intertwined, making her unable to resect the tumor. She explained there are many blood vessels there, etc., and that you can't live without that part of your small intestine, therefore didn't feel the surgery would be beneficial for Nick. She wanted Dr. A's opinion on the appearance of the tumor.

I told her that when Dr. A came to talk to us while Nick was still in recovery after his laproscopy, he described the tumor as "loose". Dr. Lambert said that if this is the case, this is good news (a loose tumor is resectable) and now considers the surgery beneficial, especially now that Nick has ascites again. She will shoot him an email tonight and if he confirms, she'll go ahead and schedule the surgery. She'll call me tomorrow.

She said to plan on coming out a couple days before surgery, sometime after the first of the year, to meet the surgical team, blood tests, current ct, etc. After we hung up, she called back again saying she will rearrange her schedule and can schedule Nick for Dec 21st. We'll discuss details and make flight arrangements after she calls tomorrow.

So, after all this information, making plans still depend on another phone call. But I'm a much calmer person now and tomorrow doesn't seem that far away. Neither does the 21st. Nick is just anxious for tomorrow as his tummy is getting pretty bloated and he is uncomfortable. We are to be at the hospital by 8:00 a.m.

Thanks, everyone - more tomorrow...

Love Lori


Anonymous said...

WOW!!! What a roller coaster... The only beneficial thing about having to wait and wait and wait for the doctors phone calls is that you are doing a lot of baking so there's more goodies to go around!! Hey - there has to be a "silver lining"!
So glad Nick that you are getting your tummy drained this morning. I'm sure you'll feel like a new man once its done.
Fingers are crossed that Dr. A. has responded to Dr. Lambert's e-mail and that you can finally book Boston and "get down to business".
Sending out my league of "angels". Sending love, light, healing and positiveness - GM Jennie xx

Chris Ulvin said...

Dear Lori and Nick and family,
My prayer is "Give us this day our daily bread" Amen. It seems the next couple of weeks will be day by day and even changing in the same day. May God be putting all things good in place for what lies ahead. May the miracle of December shine through Nick.
Love, aunt Chris