Nighty Night, Sleep Tight
She is definitely not recovering as quickly this time as last time. She was finally perking up a little bit when I left, and was drinking water. She needed almost a full unit of blood, and they went ahead and finished the unit after she returned from surgery, and also gave her some red cells.
An odd wrinkle that came up was that her platelet count was low when we went in for surgery. Nobody's sure why this is yet--could be something to do with the line placement, or could be related to the cancer if it had spread to her bone marrow. They think the spread to the bone marrow is extremely unlikely--nobody has seen an ATRT or PNET-style tumor spread to the bone marrow. This was one reason she needed so much blood, in addition to replacing what she lost in surgery.
Thank God she is moving extremities on her left side (arm, hand, fingers, toes). This is a good sign. We'll see about peripheral visual field issues tomorrow.
06:20 AM, 12 Jun 2004 by C. R. Oldham Permalink | Comments (0) | Attach Photo
She has staples now instead of sutures, and he needed to install a drain which can come out in a day or so. We're waiting for them to let us into her room.
02:56 AM, 12 Jun 2004 by C. R. Oldham Permalink | Comments (1) | Attach Photo
01:41 AM, 12 Jun 2004 by C. R. Oldham Permalink | Comments (1) | Attach Photo
Dr. Shafron could not give us a good idea when he would be done. He needs to resect a larger area than last time, and he warned us that some area is infiltrating tumor, so it takes longer to take out (he has to be a lot more careful not to get healthy tissue).
It's about 5:20 now and we have had one update from the OR. She had no trouble with the anesthesia, but still no word on when they will be done.
12:29 AM, 12 Jun 2004 by C. R. Oldham Permalink | Comments (0) | Attach Photo