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.