Mum is sleeping comfortably right now (5:20 pm CT). Today was super long, again. Her morning endoscopic ultrasound clocked in around 4.5 hours. After some heavy sedation, she floated out with oxygen mask marks on her cheeks that resembled kitty whiskers. We laughed her silly as she sat on the sofa, nearly falling asleep, in the Mayo cafeteria awaiting our next doctor appointment. She was like a little sleepy kitten sinking into the couch.
We are plotting the next week of days here at Mayo. Mom still has her temporary bile drainage, which we hope will be removed next week. They have scheduled another ERCP for Wednesday morning. The ERCP will place a stent that keeps her bile duct open and she will likely be admitted that night to be cautious of pancreatitis rearing it's stupid head again. Pancreatitis is black balled -- he's not welcome anymore. Until then, she has a few days of reprieve from the pokings, catheters, sedation, etc.
One very key and very, very positive piece of news: today's ultrasound provided biopsy samples of the lymph nodes surrounding the liver/bile duct area. All samples came back with no traces of cancerous cells. Translation: the cancer has not spread into the lymph nodes.
We all let out huge sighs of relief at this news! Thayne even invited our doc to stay with him in Denver next week while he's in town for a conference.
We still need a lot of answers. The surgeon has charged us with a variety of responsibilities for the next two weeks, including reducing the bilirubin count and fattening her up. Then, and only then, will we have a real shot at some decent treatment options. No matter what, we are almost certainly looking at chemo here in Rochester. And, we'll do it. We'll do whatever it takes.
Thanks again to each of you for your wonderful support and comments. It just means the world to us.