Monday, July 17, 2006

Update on TT.

TT had surgery at about 2:00 this afternoon. The surgery went well, lasting about an hour and a half. The Dr. is optimistic that he got a "clean margin" and said that he took as much as he needed without hopefully affecting his speech and/or swallowing. This was good news because pre-surgery he had indicated they may have to take half of the tongue, may have to open up his neck, may have to skin graft, etc. Luckily, none of those things happened.

We got to see him in recovery around 6:00. He looked to be in a lot of pain, but was coherent enough to write some words on a sheet of paper. It was perplexing to me that none of the nurses had apparently thought to give him paper to communicate. He wanted us to be sure to tell the nurses that he doesn't tolerate codeine as it makes him sick. (I'm pretty sure vomitting is the top thing on the list of things he doesn't want to be doing right now). The one nurse kept saying, oh no, he doesn't have any codeine. So the mom told her that he tolerates Vicodin really well. At which point, the same nurse says, 'oh, he doesn't have orders for Vicodin, he's on codeine.' I should point out this is the same hospital where I had my "Is this needled clean" incident 2 months ago.

Now it's a waiting game to see how the path report comes back. Which could take up to a week. Hopefully TT will get to leave the hospital tomorrow if he can drink liquid food. Then it's 4 weeks of rest and possible further treatment if the path demands it.

Thanks for all of your thoughts and prayers. And the lasagna and beer bread. I've got the best friends in the world.