I will proclaim the name of the LORD. Oh, praise the greatness of our God! Deuteronomy 32:3
The wait...was long, but not too bad! After Cale went off, we came back to the Fisher House to update the blog and then we went to the cafeteria for some breakfast. Or did we do breakfast first? Hmm...Anyways, after our little break, we sat in the waiting room. A little bit after we had been sitting in the room, we received a phone call from the OR that everything was progressing nicely and he was stable. Such a great phone call, and needed! It was extra special that they called because we had asked a couple times before and were told that we wouldn't hear anything until the surgery was over. I appreciated so much that they saw how important it was and made the effort!
A while later some very special friends came to visit! It was such a blessing that they were willing to come sit almost the whole time! They had taken Cale at 8:30am and said it was going to be a full day. The second phone call came about 20 minutes after 1pm with same news and the nurse said, "It's going to take time." Kathy and I were already prepared for a long day, so that didn't surprise us. After the call, we were able to leave and enjoy a lunch outside and get fresh air, knowing that if there was any news, Glenn would come get us!
Glenn and his wife Sharron :)
We also had some other visitors! There are a team of therapy dogs that come by and visit families as they wait. I loved it! It was cheerful and helped give us something to do for a while. I wore my comfy black pants today which happen to be the worst at collecting dog hair! haha! I didn't mind though :) Meet Prancer and Molly...
After waiting a lot longer...one of the members of the team working with Cale came in and said they were almost finished with Cale. Just a few minutes later, Dr. Sergani came out. He's the man! Whenever I see this man, even when we first got here, I feel relief (that's the only word I can think of to describe). When he walked in, I jumped up, ran to him, and gave him a big hug. This was even before any news! Haha! Then he proceeded to explain how it all went...
Oh goodness! If I would have tried to type this even an hour ago, there would have been no way to get everything out! The only reason I can get through it right now is because the rush of the day has worn off, and I'm now at the point I feel like I'm going to crash!
So, the surgery was awesome! Better than that! First, they got everything out through the nose!!!!!!!!!! Yes! I have been praying, I've asked you to pray, and friends, God delivered the answer that my heart had so hoped for! No cutting. No breaking. This is a miracle!! Not done yet...they got it all. Everything that is visible with the human eye is out of Cale's nose. He said there might be some particles left, so they took a sample of tissue. We have to wait for 7 days and then we'll see the results. If there is some strands, he will have to do radiation, but nothing like it would have been if it was the whole tumor! There was no CSF leak either! The two areas that were of great concern (carotid artery and the area behind the left eye) are out! Not only are they out, but Dr. Sergani said, "They (the pieces of tumor) fell out easily." WHAT?! Are you kidding me? Thank you Lord!!! A few hugs later, Dr. Sergani left.
At that point, we thought it was over. We had our exciting dance and were just waiting for the Resident to come and fill us in on the details. We waited and waited and then about an hour later, he came in. He said they had just finished up! It was almost 6pm! He reiterated that it was a large mass. Larger than a normal JNA.
Kathy and I were both about to jump out of our bodies! The Anesthesia provider came in and said that Cale was very out of it, but when he asked him questions, he was able to give a head nod or a thumbs up. He pulled opened his eye and asked if he could see him. Cale nodded yes, which is another really good sign! He also had good news. They didn't have to do a blood transfusion! This was a very expected thing, and not once did they have to do it!
By the time we went into see Cale, he was snoring so loud! He deserves to sleep good and hard! His face is swollen, but other then that, I think he looks great! He's got IV's everywhere too. We gave him our kisses and I told him I'd be back later, just in case he could hear me at all past his out-of-the-worldness. ;)
This is the sign hanging in his room!
Thank you for praying. I felt them! I have felt so much peace all day about it! Having peace didn't mean that it was going to turn out the way I wanted it to, but I trusted God with the peace He gave. Not only were we given a good report, we were given the best report we could have been given!
When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you. Deuteronomy 8:10
The taste of victory is so filling and I am satisfied! I praise the Lord for the miracles he worked today. I praise Him because he surpasses them all!
Also, thank you for all the comments, texts, emails, messages, calls, and whatever other way that you've contacted me! I haven't been able to use my phone too much because I don't have service in the main hospital, so if I haven't answered sorry! There's no internet there either. I am so thankful though!!! Some of you asked how I was really doing through the day. I can honestly say, I was ok! I had no worry or fear all day! That too is a miracle! I hope that the ones with me could say the same thing about me. It was a really good day! Some of the 7D staff stopped by, and that was extra special too! The Lord is so faithful, isn't He?