Mom made it through last night pretty OK. They've still been very concerned with her blood pressure, clotting and bleeding out. Her bilirubin count is still very high, and they're concerned about having to go back in. Hopefully, it will remedy itself, but we hope to get news this afternoon.
Otherwise, it will continue to be a concern for several days as all of the reconnected areas of her biliary tree and liver get to know each other. The portal vein reconstruction, in particular, was risky because they removed a generous portion where it was encased, plus more, to be extra safe. Then, they married whatever was left.
Dad met with mom and her surgeon this morning at 7 AM -- the surgeon reiterated again how he'd gone well beyond the regular tumor and scar tissue margins, which means her recovery time will be longer. I gave slightly incorrect info yesterday in that they actually removed 17 lymph nodes (versus 16) and indeed removed the entire right side of her liver as previously planned.
True to form, mom didn't even use a third of her pain meds during the night -- the staff couldn't believe it. She's very in-and-out of coherency, but understands that things went as well as could be. She's currently undergoing an ultrasound and she walked a few feet with help earlier today. She must walk at least four times today.
We do not know how long she'll be in the hospital, but at least one week. Susie is headed back to Denver today and Patsy is flying in this afternoon -- she's staying for at least two weeks.
I've had dozens of inquiries about where to send cards, etc, so here's the story:
Mom's address is:
Rochester Methodist Hospital
201 West Center Street, Room 5211B
Rochester, MN 55902
Note: mom cannot receive flowers that include lillies and they do not allow latex on the floor, so no balloons. The nurses will pitch these things into the trash and we don't want that!