Jennifer Mindrum Jennifer Mindrum

First post: 8/13/2016 Latest post: 8/30/2016
Dear friends and family,

Thank you for all the prayers, thoughts and energy you’re sending Jennifer’s way. We left Oak Park last Sunday morning and arrived Monday evening at the Cape Cod house of our excellent friends, Nancy and Mike Vogler. Jennifer has been relaxing. Wednesday she and Donna went into Boston for a pre-op appointment (“Almost useless” was how Jennifer described the work done after a 2 hour, 45 minute wait.) :-)

On the other hand, we received great news from the neurosurgeon, who is very confident about the prospects for a successful surgery and outcome. (Tumor/lesion is on surface of the brain, left temporal lobe). He will remove the tumor and then also test the amygdala (there’s a word to Google!) to see if there is electrical activity there, in which case he will remove part of that, as well.

We had a scare yesterday (Thursday the 11th) when a call to Blue Cross Blue Shield seemed to indicate she was NOT covered for this surgery. Subsequent calls led to the comforting news that Brigham and Women’s hospital in fact had already secured authorization. Disaster averted.

We will leave the Cape on Sunday, driving into Boston. Thankfully, our hotel is just across the street from the hospital. Surgery is 7:30 am Monday, with the expectation it will be done about noon.

She will be in intensive care for 24 hours, then moved to a regular hospital room. In terms of how long she will be in the hospital, the surgeon said something like, “Many people get released in 2-3 days; whiners sometimes stay 4-5 days.”) : -)

That’s all for now – I’ll update again on Monday after the surgery.

With thanks,

Craig and Donna

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