On Monday night, December 5, Greg was driving his dump truck pulling a trailer with a front end loader on top, home from Wenatchee. He had done several days of volunteer excavation work. Greg wasn't feeling well and while driving home he suffered a seizure and crashed his truck. The truck ran off the road, down a ditch and up a steep bank, where it came to a halt. The trailer turned over and the loader was destroyed in the ditch. No one can figure out how the dump truck didn't roll. Paramedics found Greg unconscious, with some bruises, but no other injuries. Praise God! At the hospital a CT scan and later an MRI were done. A brain tumor was found. Greg, with Karla by his side, was flown to Seattle via Lifeflight, and was taken to Virginia Mason Hospital.
It's been a busy week, with many medical tests, and neurology and neurosurgery consults. Greg's tumor is rather large and appears to have been slowly growing in his left Temporal lobe, near his speech area. The decision was made that he would undergo brain surgery to remove as much of the tumor as the surgeon could take out without causing damage.
Greg's family has been by his side constantly and many friends and relatives have stopped by to encourage him and show their support. Friend Barb Prowant went the extra mile by hosting many of the Lamberton family members in her beautiful home, providing meals and a place to unwind.
The night before the surgery, Greg was anointed in a beautiful service, performed by Troy Ahrens, husband of Greg's second cousin, Michelle.
Greg came through the surgery with flying colors, talking and moving all limbs within just a few hours afterwards. He has been able to get out of bed, is receiving PT, OT and speech therapy and is looking at being discharged Sunday or Monday. He has headaches still, and has some memory problems but he is definitely improving.
And now it's time to wait for the pathology report to come back that will determine what type of tumor this is and what the course of action will be from here on out. We are told this will take 2 weeks and his next appointment is with the neuro oncologist on Dec 23 in Seattle.
The road ahead is uncertain, but Greg and Karla's faith is strong and they are so thankful for all the love, support and prayers that they have received.