Hey….seems like a long time since I’ve written. We’ve been enjoying being home and spending the holidays with the family and Kevin has been recovering his strength since his last rounds of chemotherapy.
Last Tuesday, we saw Dr. Daneshmand who is going to be Kevin’s surgeon. He said we were all clear for surgery and that we would hear from the scheduler by the end of the week to get a date for surgery. He said it would be in the next few weeks.
Finally got the phone call from the scheduler today. A cancellation just came up and they had space to do Kevin’s surgery ON MONDAY! Like in 3 days. I spent the morning meal planning a grocery shopping for next week’s meals…and just as I finished, found out….surgery is on Monday.
I’ve explained it in some detail before, but in case you want a refresher. The surgery is called RPLND (retro-peritoneal lymph node dissection), The goal will be to remove all the existing tumor/scar tissue from his body. They will be removing all the lymph nodes and a portion of his inferior vena cava as well as possibly a portion of one of the vertebrae that previously showed a lesion. The surgery is quite extensive and will take a minimum of 6 hours. Once the surgery is complete the mass will be sent to the lab for pathology. When the results of the pathology come back, we will know more about what will come next in Kevin’s treatment plan. The timing caught us a bit off guard, but we are both excited to get the next thing checked off the list and keep things moving along so hopefully we can all get back to our regularly scheduled programming sooner rather than later.
Today, we stand on this verse and we ask that you pray for Kevin’s healing, for peace for our entire family and for God’s expert guidance for the surgeon and other medical professionals working with Kevin on Monday morning.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”