Thursday, January 14, 2010

Surgery Day - Update 3

Our prayers have been answered and we have received great news! Dr. Khariwala has finished his portion of the surgery and came out to give us his assessment.

He removed all of the cancer that he could find and did an aggressive search for more. At this point, he feels that he did as well as he could have hoped for. The cancer was more extensive than they had realized. It was traveling along the top of the sinus and along the floor of the orbit bone farther back on the cheek toward the ear. So, he took out more of the cheek bone than expected. This will make the reconstruction a bit more difficult, but still manageable.

The great news is that she gets to keep her eye! While in the orbit bone, the cancer had not reached the eye, and he saw no reason to take it. He even had another surgeon come in to give him a 2nd opinion. Sue will be extremely happy about this when she wakes up. I was petrified of the thought of having to console her when she awakens tomorrow if they had taken it out.

The other surgeon is now starting on her portion of the surgery...reconstruction. This will take another 5-6 hours. It is still substantial, but we're told that she is very good. Sue will be very swollen for a long period of time, but I think she'll be able to deal with that better now.

Jason

35 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wonderful news!!!! So grateful to hear that Sue's eye has been spared!!!!

Jen Fortner

Jeremy, Michelle, and Girls said...

That is so wonderful! What a blessing Jason! I will continue to pray for you, Sue, and the girls today.

Michelle E.

Anonymous said...

That is fabulous news! Thanks so much for the updates!

Dani

cindylbarber said...

Thank God! Great news! Thanks for the updates Jason. Our thought and prayers will continue.
Cindy and Trey

Anonymous said...

That is such GREAT NEWS! We are praying for her, you and the girls!

Tina & John

Jen said...

This is the BEST news! Thanks for the update, Jason!

Jen Falk

Anonymous said...

Prayers were answered. We are so happy what great news!! Thank you for keeping us up to date.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update Jason. So happy to hear about her eye. Continuing to pray. Toni and Bryan.

Trish and Michael Sandness said...

We've been quiet but steadily keeping up on Sue's journey. This is WONDERFUL news and we're so happy for success in surgery. We're continously thinking of all of you and sending warm, healing, peaceful thoughts.

Anonymous said...

That's awesome news Jason! Thanks for the update. Will continue praying.

Chris Sherlock

Anonymous said...

I am so happy for her!!! That is great news that she was able to keep her eye as she had hoped.

Thanks for the updates Jason!

Love, Jen Larson

Anonymous said...

Great News!!! Will keep praying!!

The Galleger's

Anonymous said...

That is fantastic news!!!!!! I will continue to pray that all goes smoothly. Thanks so much for the updates. Let me know if there is anything you need.

Anonymous said...

What wonderful news! We will continue with the prayers, but will begin thanking God for the already answered ones! God bless you and your family Jason! We are thinking of you all! And thank you for updating the blog as well! Hang in there!!!
Greg and Cyndy

Anonymous said...

Oh Happy Day. Thank you for the updates. This news is so awesome. I can't stop crying I'm so excited for all of you. We continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Jen Zick said...

Great, great news! So thankful for God's faithfulness in guiding the surgeons and preserving Sue's eye!

Anonymous said...

What great news! Prayers are being answered. Continue to stay strong Jason. Prayers continue to come your way.

Kathy Cowan

Anonymous said...

That is wonderful news!! Sue will be thrilled! God is good! We'll keep praying!

Anonymous said...

FANTASTIC NEWS JASON - thank you for keeping us all in the loop - you, Sue and the kids have been in my heart and prayers all morning. I wept when I read your last posting - how wonderful!
Heather

Farmgirl Paints said...

I'm a friend of Michelle's and she has been keeping me posted on Sue. Just wanted to let you know I've been praying for her and all of you all day long. So glad to hear she got to keep her eye. God is so good. I'll keep praying for a speedy recovery.

Anonymous said...

God is amazing! I am believing for complete healing for her. We will continue to pray for her and your family. Thank you for keeping the blog up to date so we know how to pray.

Julie Dahl

Anonymous said...

Tears of joy for her eye being spared! Continuing with prayers for the remainder of the surgery and the hours ahead...
Amy Denzer

Anonymous said...

PRAISE GOD FOR HIS FAITHFULNESS! I am thrilled beyond words and moved to tears!!! Words from a beautiful song says it best...
Great is Your faithfulness, Great is Your faithfulness...
I will proclaim it to the world
I will declare it to my heart
I will sing when the sun is shining
I will scream it in the dark
With everything inside of me I am choosing to believe
You are faithful
I have dropped anchor on Your promises and I am holding on
because God you are faithful
Great is your faithfulness...

Praying for strength, courage, manageable pain and God's healing touch as Sue begins her recovery.
Thank you Jason for keeping us all updated. Give Sue a squeeze for me when you can.
Love to all,
Nikki

Anonymous said...

To God be the Glory Great things he has done! Continuing to pray for good news. thanks for updating us! I cant stop the tears either..
jschwarting

Anonymous said...

I have faith that God will keep the good news coming.I will give you back your health and heal your wounds says the Lord in Jeremiah 30:17. Sometimes we get so scared! Thanks for keeping us updated. I will keep praying for all of you. Pat J

Anonymous said...

Ah, Jason, such wonderful news! The days ahead will be difficult, I'm sure, but the good news will help Sue deal with the rest of it. Praise God for His wonderful care! Thank you for keeping all of us up to date; we continue to pray for all of you and the surgeons as they continue their work. God bless and be with you !

With love, Bev Johansen

mimi charmante said...

Jason,
Thank you so much for keeping those of us so far away updated. We have spent so much time thinking of Sue, praying for her, and sending all of our love. It was wonderful to see her this summer, but it did make being far away that much more difficult. I will be watching for any updates so please, keep them coming!
Much love,
Kim

Anonymous said...

What wonderful news! I am so glad to hear that the surgery went well and that Sue's wish was granted. Our prayers were answered! The ppower of prayer is amazing! Thank you, Jason, for keeping everyone posted. Continued prayers for all of you. God bless you.

love ~ Kellee Ablard

Anonymous said...

Jason,
Thanks for updating us on Sue's progress.... I cannot imagine how hard this day was for you as well. Thank God Sue gets to keep her eye! That is so amazing! Thinking of you and the girls and of course Sue at this time!
Love,
Suzie (Schuck) & family

Anonymous said...

WOW! Sue will be so excited when she opens her eyes and sees her beautiful family surrounding her bed.....with BOTH eyes wide open for her wonderful future. I held my breath at school all day, and was so grateful for the postings. You, Jason, are a phenomenal husband and we are all grateful for your time taken to keep us updated. Sleep well tonight, Karrmann's!
We can too!
Kari Karrmann Sides

Anonymous said...

Thank you Jason for the updates. We are happy to hear the good news and we hope from now on it will be good. We will continue praying for quick recover! Strength to you also.

God Bless you all!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful answer to prayer! Thanks for the updates, Jason. We will continue to pray for Sue and you and the girls! I continue to be amazed by Sue and your family. Blessings to you!

Tracy Good and family

Anonymous said...

Whooo Hoooo!!!! Our prayers were answered!!!

Michelle Rovang Burke said...

Oh, what an amazing gift we all received today....prayer warriors were busy, and it was such wonderful news to hear that Sue gets to keep her beautiful eye to see all of you! We are praying for all of you for continued strength and grace.
God Bless,

Anonymous said...

Amen