Friday, June 17, 2011

Successful surgery!

Do we still have a long road ahead? Yes. But, we took a big chunk out of the load yesterday; in fact, they took a big chunk of tumor out of Quinton's spinal cord. Dr. Riva-Cambrin is a gifted surgeon.

Was it a long day? Yes. But, when it was over it didn't seem so bad. Kind of like how we forget how horrible pregnancy is when it's over. We arrived at the hospital at 6 a.m. and the surgery got over about 5 p.m. We got a phone update every hour and a half, and every time, the word was that he was doing really well.

Were we relieved? Yes. But, we do have a ways to go yet. We felt a lot of relief when Dr. Riva-Cambrin walked into the waiting room. We felt even more relief when he seemed pleased. He was excited that the tumor appeared slightly less cancerous than he thought. He also explained that we can't start jumping up and down for another few days when the full pathology comes back.
Did he get it all? We think so, and Q retained function. Dr. R-C explained that at the very end, one low part of the tumor removal reduced function to 50%, but he was confident that since it never went to Zero, everything should be fine, which it appears to be. Q will have another MRI today to double check everything.
Are we grateful for all the love and support that has been poured out to us? You bet. But, we are humbled by it. It's been said we don't even know all the people who are praying for Q because his story just spreads, and that's pretty awesome. Thank you to those of you who fasted and prayed even when it was difficult for you:)
Is Q doing well now? Yes. But, he is in pain and a little overwhelmed.
Is Q a hero? Yes. He's a champion:) I'm a proud Momma.


Michele and Wyatt said...

I'm glad the surgery went well and that that part of your journey is over. Good luck with the rest of it, and we will continue to pray for you. We will keep checking your blog for updates.

Lyle Comte said...

We could just cry with relief for all of you! We will continue to pray and to watch for news on your blog. We love you!

My_Kids_Mum said...

We are praying for you all and hoping for a speedy recovery! He's an amazing young man Lori. Please let me know if there is anything we can do. We love you all!