Really, it was.
We were in appointments from 8 AM until 7 PM tonight. Then we had to go get antibiotic drugs at the pharmacy!
I say that last statement with love because mums must be feeling ungodly pain with a tube going through her liver. Drugs also keep her free of infection. We are happy to make these items a part of daily life.
Mom had surgery again and got a brand new catheter to drain the bile (unbelievable thanks to Katrina for helping with the maintenance of the first one! You rock!). Her doctor and nurses were awesome. So awesome that one of them stayed solely to reassure her through the entire 2.5 hour procedure.
However, the new drain is temporary as they'll put a stent in either tomorrow or Monday. They successfully brushed for cells to have pathology confirm the cancer. We met with a surgeon and mums' other regular doc (both whom we are beyond pleased with). Have some work ahead of us to figure out realistic treatment options.
Thayne arrived from Minneapolis late in the day and was fortunate enough to be in on the surgeon meeting. It's so good to have him here.
Keep your thoughts a'coming. Boy, mums is tired as can be (we had to wheelchair her around this afternoon b/c her skinny yellow legs were wiped out). She continues to chug ahead and charm everyone in her path. She's super duper excited to read everyone's thoughts and we couldn't feel more loved by this amazing outpouring of support from everyone.
One final thought: Don't forget my daddy in the middle of this. He's got a yucky cold and putting up his best fight, but this -- this true mess -- is really hard for him. Anyone that knows my parents' banter know how deeply upsetting this is. We must rally around he and my mother, because they are a team.
P.S. Thanks especially for the Easter photos of Cole (first being a stoic Easter bunny doggy and then eating the Easter bunny). Mom and dad were cracking up with pride. I'm including here...
Photos: Pam Annis