Well, Dad went back to Columbus yesterday for his first follow up and stitch removal. The nurse practitioner at the surgeons office saw him and was very pleased with how he was doing. His incision looked great and they took out the stitches without any issue. They took a picture of his smile to keep on record to see the difference down the road. Due to the continued facial numbness, his smile is a little lopsided and he does tend to bite his tonight/cheek/lip occasionally while eating. Again, they mentioned this taking up to 3 months for the numbness to go away, with the chance it might not fully because of the manipulation of the facial nerves during surgery. Dad realizes this may be a new normal he has to get used to and all things considering, is content with that. They offered a DVD of the actual surgery, so we may be having a movie and popcorn night here coming up! He is still not allowed to drive until the end of the month when he sees the surgeon for his second follow up, so if you see him out and about, just give him a friendly reminder, as we know he is not one to follow the rules. Great news yesterday as the pathology report finally came back, and the tumor was categorized as a #1, meaning NO possibility of cancer!!! 😀🙌. As if we weren't thankful enough for that news, the good Lord also blessed my Dad with a new granddaughter born at 323 am yesterday, Posey Rose Kill 👶. Both mom and baby are doing well and are grateful this baby waited until Dad/PaPa was released from the hospital and able to enjoy her! Please continue your prayers as his recovery continues!! Thanks so much for all the prayers already!!
Dad has been relaxing at home the last few days. He has been getting lots of rest as well as taking his necessary walks. He is still having facial numbness as well as headaches, which is expected. His incision looks great and he is going back Friday to get the stitches out. Hopefully Friday he gets lots of good news with a pathology report and a new grandbaby! We will keep everyone posted!
Dad is finally home and resting! Please continue to pray for his recovery and for good news next week with the pathology report. Thanks so much to everyone for all the thoughts and prayers these last few weeks. We will update with any changes and as soon as we get pathology results. :)
Dad has been having a good day, good enough that they are ready for him to fly the coop. Waiting on the doctor to take the dressing off his incision and give the finally word. So right now it is just a waiting game.
Talked to Dad a few times on the phone today, he looks and sounds much better. He has been up walking a few times with some dizziness. Facial numbness is still there but pain is very managed, with just Tylenol. The plan is to go home tomorrow. Although Dad was hoping to be discharged by noon, anyone that works in a hospital knows their guess of 3pm is way more realistic.
Although Dad had some issues peeing through the night, it seems as though things are again looking up today. They are planning on letting him shower and even mentioned the possibility of being discharged later today. Will update as the day progresses.
So right after surgery my mom and I spoke with the surgeon, in which he used a lot of medical jargon but I will see if I can give you the just. So, first the tumor was bigger they initially thought, it was a mass that then laid like a carpet tunneling into more of the brain cavities. The surgeon actually had to use a mirror to see into a cavity to clean out the tumor. The tumor was then pushing severely on the hearing and facial nerves causing the balance issues and facial numbness and pain. Part of the tumor was actually growing into the fibers of the facial nerve so the surgeon had to sacrifice some of that nerve to get all the tumor. Because of this pushing and having to manipulate those nerves so much and of course, removing some of that nerve Dad will continue to have facial numbness but they are hoping it will all subside as the days and weeks pass. There were a few other nerves manipulated including eye and mouth so they will keep an eye on all those senses the next few days. His hearing seems to be intact with no loss we can tell yet. Instead of being able to remove all the tissue that the tumor touched they had to cauterize or kill off that tissue. He said because of that the likelihood the tumor will return is 10% in 10 years. They are sending the tumor to pathology and a full report will be ready in 5 business days. Depending on those tests will determine the next step. First they are looking at how quickly the cells of the tumor were dividing. That will give a better idea of how long it's been there. He was thinking longer then Christmas, even though that's when Dad said his symptoms started. They will also give it a number of 1, 2 or 3. A 1 is what he is thinking it is, which means no cancer and no radiation. A 3 is cancerous and Dad will then need radiation. If they label it a 2 they will then look at that number of how quickly the cells divide and take both of those into account when deciding on radiation. So far no issues with the incision or leaking of any blood or fluid into any areas of the brain, which they will continue to monitor. The best news is doc says he got it all. We will just wait until pathology comes back, so continue to pray for good results there!
Sounds as though it was a long, rough night for Dad between the different tests and the pain, but things were looking up today. Mom, on the other hand got a good night sleep, if you can call it that on a fold out chair in the hospital! He had lots of complaints last night and today of left hip and leg pain but imagine laying in one spot without moving for 10 hours and it is no surprise that those areas are sore. They repeated the CT scan and MRI through the night and did their continuous checks keeping him awake a lot. Today they had him out of bed walking the halls, his catheter and arterial blood pressure line out and sitting in the chair all by 1030. The doctor visited around 11 and discussed the plan of care for the next few days as well as explained to Dad the results of surgery and reviewed with us the results of the MRI, which he was very pleased with! He showed us both the before and after surgery MRI and you could see NO tumor left! Before I left he had lunch (cheeseburger and fries) and was snoozing. The plan is to move him to a step down unit and spend a few more days monitoring him. As with before surgery he still has some numbness on the right side of his face, which they are hoping will subside in the next few months. Please continue to pray for a full and speedy recovery! As well as for my mom to have to put up with him ;)