What a day for Laurie. Dr. Alex Parikh at Vanderbilt Medical Center finally got to do what we have been waiting for the last six months or so…remove the cancer from her body. She is very sore and the next few days will be extremely uncomfortable for her. They have inserted an epidural for pain so they won’t have to give her so many nausea inducing narcotics. But she will trade a few days of misery for a healthy liver any day.
We have been told that the best diagnostic tool for seeing metastasis is direct ultra sound, which is done from the inside of the body instead of the outside. This gives them a birds eye view inside the organ. Laurie’s biggest fear was that they would see something in the left lobe from the ultra sound that didn’t show up from previous imaging and have to close her up without completing the resection. Her fears were NOT realized. The ultra sound showed absolutely nothing in the left lobe (except for one little spot that he thinks was a cyst, but whatever it is, it’s gone now). So with the right lobe gone bye bye, she has a healthy liver again…50% smaller, but healthy.
She has been sliced and diced enough over the last 12 months to make a grown man cry. Just to recap, starting last February it started innocently enough with a colonoscopy. Then came colon resection, then liver biopsy, then port-a-cath insertion, then portal vein embolization, and finally todays liver resection. All done in and around seven chemotherapy treatments, countless imaging with barium contrast, and all done without complaining.
We know there may still be challenges ahead. She still will probably need to complete a few more rounds of chemo and then be watched like a hawk. But we are praising God now for this miracle. A big thank you to everyone who thought or prayed or called or texted or posted. We love you all.