3:21pm We got the third call from the surgical assistant that the surgeon was closing Hook up and that the surgeon would be by to talk with us. Sagging my shoulders with relief, I let out the deep breath I didn’t even realize I was holding in.
3:25pm A second surgical assistant walked us from the surgery waiting room to the ICU waiting room.
3:27pm The fire alarms began going off in the ICU and a twirling light started to circulate blue light. Someone said the fire doors have automatically shut and locked. Mary Joy is looking out the window of the waiting room to see how far down she’d have to jump in case there’s a real fire.
3:45pm The surgeon met us in the ICU waiting room with a final update (and all was forgotten about the fire alarm!):
- 10% of functionality of the pancreas left. Too early to tell whether this will be enough pancreas that the body needs.
- Hook’s spleen was removed which is fine because you can live without a spleen by re-routing its filtering functions to somewhere else in the body. Sorry this is so vague but the super technical details are too much for my head.
- A small piece of the stomach was removed but that will only mean Hook will feel fuller faster and will probably eat more meals but in smaller portions.
- There were some suspicious looking cancerous nodes on the back part of the pancreas which is why more of the pancreas was taken than originally planned.
The surgeon said there was a point during surgery when, had Hook been an older man and less healthy, he may not have continued with the reconstruction of the pancreas and instead would have opted to remove the entire pancreas. Instead, Hook got the full court press surgery (neither Plan B or C) but somewhere half-way in between.
Thank you family and friends. Thank you for staying with me the entire day. Thank you for allowing me to communicate via blog, to keep you updated as I was updated, and to allow me to release some mental stress through writing.
Love, gratitude, and a huge, HUGE hug from the bottom of my heart. Your prayers worked. Your positive thoughts came through. You helped.
28 thoughts on “Surgery a Success!”
THank God Rose! Prayers for good rest and repair fpr Hook. (You also)
I just now had a chance to look at the updates. Thanks be to God! We all asked and HE listened!!!
I knew Al could get through this successfully. Good job everybody! Hang in there Rosemary.
I know it was a long day. Glad you both made it through it. Still thinking about you.
Yippi skippi!! A big hug to both of you. Let me know when I can come and cook for you.
Please, God, let last night have been one of deep sleep and deep recovery.
Thanks for the very detailed update!
Great news…look forward to swinging a net with him in the field again soon.
…and here we thought that Dr Hook was a lover and not a fighter… That man’s got some fight in him! 🙂 So happy to hear the great news.
Awesome news! It amazes me the wonders of science but what fascinates me the most is the power of prayer. Thank you Lord Jesus for guiding the surgeon, for giving Fish the best medical staff possible and for sitting next to my friend Rosemary on such a difficult day! Week! Month! Year! We praise you and we glorify you. Alleluia! Amen!!! Love you RMGH….. Jo Ann (JAG)
phew! we are so relieved! can’t wait to hear about his speedy recovery!
a great big ALLELUJAH from Saginaw, Michigan! Way to go, Hook!!!
A great big ALLELUJAH from Saginaw, Michigan!
Dear Rosemary, What a day you have had! I do hope that you will be able to wind down enough to sleep tonight. I am so thankful that Allan came through the surgery and hopefully is resting comfortably thanks to medication. It sounds like a pretty traumatic surgery but knowing my brother he will try to bounce back as quickly as possible. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both. Claire
I am so thankful that the surgery is done. I am still thinking of you guys and wishing Al a speedy recovery.
Way to stay fit, Hook! Rosemary, thanks and CONGRATULATIONS. He got cleaned up, didn’t he.?!
Giving thanks! Prayers continue for a swift, comfortable, and complete recovery. Take care of yourself too, Rosemary.
Great news!! Power of prayer!
Wow! Still praying for both of you. Laura
Sending good thoughts for a speedy and sound recovery. Get some rest when you can.
WONDERFUL NEWS!!! Thank you for keeping us posted, and our thoughts and positive energy are remaining with you!! Give Al a HUGE smile for all of us at St. Ed’s (I know it may be a bit early for a hug)!!!!!
BTW, love the drawing!
Chuck & Joan
Tears of joy and prayers and bug or two are going out for the both of you! Get well!
Great news. Thanks for keeping us updated.
God held the surgeons hand and guided him through it all. Praise Be! Prayers still coming your way.
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