Monday, March 28, 2011
Home Sweet Home
Yesterday evening Dr. Jensen stopped by to check in on Dad. Dad's been waiting for this visit from the moment he left surgery. Dr. Jensen let Dad know how pleased he was with the surgery, and how great his incision looks. He also asked Dad if he remembered anything from surgery. Dad mostly remembers feeling pain and hearing the vacuum. The Doctor told us that there were some veins toward the bottom part of his brain that when they would start bleeding the Doctor would cauterize them and each time he did Dad would say, "Ouch." The doctor thought it was sort of humorous. Dad of course doesn't.
Dr. Jensen also was able to take a look at the after surgery MRI Dad had done on Saturday morning. The Doc said everything looked really great. That he was able to remove 95% of the tumor. The other 5% was in a place he didn't want to touch, and he knew that going into surgery. So we'll be relying on radiation and chemo therapy to keep that 5% in check for as long as we can. Mom and Dad will hear from Dr. Jensen Wednesday night regarding the next steps in treatment.
Dad will also be participating in physical and occupational therapy. His balance is something he will really be working on. He's pretty tired and weak, so we are trying to keep him rested. He'd love visitors if any of you are thinking about stopping by. We'd love to see you between the hours of 6 and 8 pm.
I find it really amazing that 72 hours after brain surgery Dad is able to come home. This whole thing is a miracle!