... we're staying positive (eek).
I cannot imagine the frustration and worry that mums and dad feel. What a long day for them. Of course, I heard none of it in her voice.
The transplant has been somewhat postponed. The case was indeed presented today, but prior to the presentation it was decided that mum's case needs to be re-reviewed for resection surgery vs transplant. We don't know how the presentation went. Hope to find out more tomorrow.
Remember: mom was out-ruled as a resect candidate long ago, so this back-tracking is worrisome. However, we know that the lead surgeon still feels resolutely that mom is better off with a transplant. And, he's having another surgeon review the case on Friday. We hope that review will help lead to a final decision.
Nevertheless, it puts things behind. She will not, as of now, start chemo next week b/c she can't have chemo prior to a resection (should that materialize as the treatment). Further, if they do a resect and go in to find the cancer has spread or cannot remove all of the tumor, the transplant will be completely written off as a back-up plan. We only get one choice here.
Mum had a bit of an education today, learning the financial implications, getting a sense of how long she'd be at Mayo after the transplant, etc. She was comforted, I think, being in the presence of others who are there for the same thing. They toured the transplant unit, too. There are 24 beds in the transplant unit and only four are vacant! Mom was amazed at this.
Tomorrow is a very long day. Mums has LOTS of tests, including renal function testing, pulmonary function testing, stress tests, bone-mineral density testing, and infectious disease testing.
Mums said she met with a wonderfully awesome social worker today that really was pleased at the support system we've all created. That's one goodie for the day! When we're done, all those peeps at Mayo will be wearing yellow to support mom!
As for the star herself, she sounds pretty good despite all the scariness she's been up against this week. You know her.