Fred Hammer

First post: Jun 16, 2020 Latest post: Jul 24, 2022

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                                                                                                                        I know God

                                                                                                                     won’t give me

                                                                                                            anything I can’t handle.

                                                                                                               I just wish he didn’t

                                                                                                                 trust me so much.
                                                                                                                                                ....Mother Teresa

Life can take many twists and turns. On June 2, we found out that Fred has swelling on the brain caused by a brain tumor. We were lucky that his doctor had ordered a CT scan of his skull immediately after hearing about some issues that Fred had been having. The doctor immediately got him in for more detailed CT scans with contrast and referred him to a neurooncologist and neurosurgeon. His neuro team determined that Fred should have surgery as soon as possible. He was admitted to St. Luke’s Medical Center on June 15 and was scheduled for an MRI and cognitive testing June 16. Instead of waiting until today, they did the MRI yesterday and some of the cognitive testing. Surgery is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday at 5:30 a.m. The surgery will diagnose the tumor, “de-bulk” it by getting out as much as possible, and then determine any follow-up treatments. At this time, we don’t know how long the surgery will be or how long he will be in the hospital.

Fred is already complaining about being bored! Anyone who knows him understands that he can’t just sit around and chill. It doesn’t help that because of Covid19 he is not allowed any visitors. Since I dropped him off at the hospital yesterday, I will not see him again until I can bring him home.

As I get updates, I will share them with you. Thanks in advance for your caring and support. We both appreciate all of you! Marsha

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