We met with and were pleased with the surgeon, Dr. Diego Muilenburg. A CT scan was necessary for him to see the details more clearly than the PET showed, and that was done last Saturday, the 3rd. The tumor has grown 5% in two weeks so while it isn’t growing fast, it is growing, so the sooner it is removed the better. Dr. Diego has scheduled the daVinci Robotic surgical machine for September 16th. The plan is to make 4-5 small laparoscopic incisions, but there will have to be one larger incision to remove the tumor which is currently 2 by 3 inches. If all goes well Mark should be home in 2-3 days, We’re happy to have daVinci! Mark just looked at pictures of it online and exclaimed, “Yikes, what was I thinking?!” I commented that it looked better to me than a big knife held over him!
We will be at Providence Portland Hospital one week from today at 9:00 am. (Yea, not the early bird check-in!) We feel very good about the way this is working out.
This verse brought comfort, “…be of good cheer…for I am in your midst, and I have not forsaken you:” We certainly feel that, and also appreciate the love and support from family and friends! Thank-you!!