Monday, October 19, 2009

surgery results

This was a BIG operation. She will be in the ICU tonight and at least until tomorrow. Wendy's surgeon believes that he removed all of the tumors. One of the tumors near her back was more difficult to remove and was starting to eat into her chest wall. There could be some residual tumor cells there and she might need radiation in that area later on down the road. Future tests will show if all the tumorous cells were removed. She will continue to be intubated over night so she has adequate pain control to take good breaths. The sooner she takes good breaths the sooner they can take her off of the ventilator. The biggest need for prayer right now is for her left lung. The left lung was taking care of 66% of the work when her right lung was being compressed by the tumor. That left lung will now be responsible for 100% of her cardiac output. Her kidneys are fine right now but the surgeon said he wouldn't be surprised if they showed signs of being unhappy in the next few days, but shouldn't be any worse for wear. They reconstructed her diaphragm and the lining around the heart on the right side where her lung was. She did have a tear in the inferior vena cava and that took some time to patch. They didn't have to remove a piece of her liver! Praise Jesus for that. One less part of Wendy's body that will need to heal. The next 72 hours are critical.

  • Her left lung does 100% of the work without a problem.
  • She starts breathing on her own soon.
  • As she recovers her body is protected from any infection.
  • No worry or fear for her family as they digest the overwhelming synopsis of today's surgery.
  • There are not ANY tumorous cells left in Wendy's body.
  • Safety for the family and friends that were present at the surgery for when they travel home.


  1. Thank you for all the updates throughout the day. What a blessing for those of us who couldn't be there. Continuing to pray pray pray and spread the word.

  2. Trusting and believing God for a complete and speedy recovery. My family is praying for you and your family. May God keep you in his care.