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Surgery is OVER!

January 21st, 2010 at 10:23 pm

It felt like this day would never arrive, as we have been anxiously waiting.

Surgery went better than expected. Can we call my dh "miracle boy," or what?

Wednesday was a whirlwind of medical appointments and tests. We met briefly with the surgeon, who told us that he may leave up to 50% of the tumor, in a futile attempt to save dh's stereo hearing. He said he had never saved hearing with such a large tumor before (ever), BUT that it is extremely rare that any one with this type tumor has much hearing to begin with. The fact that dh lost his hearing only temporarily twice, is no less than miracle. Usually, once it's gone, it's gone.

Oh yes - let me back up - the weather here is CRAZY. It is also a miracle we made it to the Bay Area in one piece. Egads, what a week it has been. We drove through some terrible rain, saw some amazing rainbows, and somehow managed to miss every lightning storm with all our driving. We also have sat in a lot of homes without electricity. The hotel and the hospital have been a nice change of pace, with electricity and all. Big Grin

So, back to surgery (it's been a LONG day!!!)

It was a whole day affair, though the actual cutting and stitching was about 6 hours. Was at the hospital over 12 hours, though.

We were all stunned when the surgeon walked out and said that 95% of the tumor had been removed. Too early to tell, I suppose, but he said that radiation may not be necessary after all. That, I never expected. He said his hearing seemed okay, but they never know. The truth is it would be a miracle.

Dh was pretty insistent when he woke up, that he see me. The first thing he told me was that he couldn't hear (out of one side). I told him 95% of the tumor was gone, and he seemed relieved. I think we had more second thoughts at the last minute. Truth is, how would he feel with 50% of the tumor still in there, and no hearing? Which in the end was a likely scenario. I am so relieved we don't have to live with that. It was never raised as an option that we would skip radiation. It is amazing.

I do admit, that I hold some hope on the hearing. He's got it back before. What about when all the swelling goes down? Even a little bit means a simple hearing aid as opposed to more expensive hearing procedures/devices. Will see...

Facial paralysis was another biggie. Doctor said the tumor was most entwined with the facial sensory nerve. Which had really been his only symptom (numb face) besides hearing that came and went. In the end, he asked if his face was droopy. It looked a tad droopy, though I don't think I would have noticed otherwise. He has a beard which I think hides it. His eyes and cheeks seems fine, we only really noticed his lips being a little lax. Regardless, the surgeon felt his facial nerve was fine, and temporary facial weakness is expected. Paralysis is pretty rare. Not a lot of worries there. Clearly he wasn't paralyzed...

Dh looked amazing! Everyone warned me about how terrible he would look, etc.

Is that it? But for the bandaging, you'd never guess he had brain surgery. He was obviously doing quite well.

All along they told us he would get a private room, probably. Which surprised me as we were in an old hospital. In the end, they were wrong. I was rather relieved. The nurse said she would be in the room all night, waking him every hour to check his vitals, etc. I was so relieved to come to my hotel and rest. I couldn't stay over since he didn't have a private room. (Bummer - not?) He won't remember anything. Well, so they say. He seemed amazingly alert. Not "too" loopy? Though admittedly, loopy!

Tomorrow night he may get a private room, and that may be nice. When he gets out of ICU. He may go home Saturday or Sunday - is that absurd?

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Anyway, I suppose we already knew, but there is nothing more important than friends and family. Times like these you just kind of get that kick in the butt. This week has been made bearable by the love of friends and family.

I know MIL was set on this clinic in LA, but I think being so close to our family has been FAR more important. & let's face it, the doctor we decided on kicked butt! I can't tell you how relieved we are today that we didn't fall for the LA hype. I had reservations all along about the logistics of all that. It wasn't a sole reason to not go there, but I have to kind of say, "I was right!" I was so annoyed that MIL was writing off places like Stanford, for LA. I couldn't understand why looking in our own backyard (with AMAZING medical facilities) wouldn't be a priority. All we have heard all week is how our HMO has the best neurosurgery facility in Northern California, and how our surgeon is one of the best in the world. & we have been justifying our choice all along. What sweet revenge today was. Though maybe the best thing is that all our family is here, too. It just is kind of the icing on the cake. I never imagined that today could "fly by," but it kind of did with all the support we had.

Anyway, this is really just the beginning, on some level. But, I think it's a good start. I am wishing dh a very speedy recovery!

38 Responses to “Surgery is OVER!”

  1. Purple Flower's Says:

    That's wonderful news! I'm glad to hear that the surgery went well. Take care. I hope dh has a quick recovery!

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    Phew, I'm so glad to read this post! We've all been anxiously waiting. That's all really good news! And being vindicated to the MIL is the icing on the cake. Wink

  3. Lisa Says:

    So very happy for you and Monkey Dada. I was thinking about you all day and I was hoping you'd post! All my best wishes for rest and sanity for you and speedy healing for MD!!!

  4. Petunia Says:

    Wow! Sounds like everything went fabulously well! I'm so happy for you and your dh!

  5. campfrugal Says:

    Oh, that is such good news. I am glad it is over and the healing can begin for all of you. I will still keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. creditcardfree Says:

    Glad to hear that it went well. I was definitely sending good vibes your way and I will continue to do so as your DH recovers. Take care!

  7. Broken Arrow Says:

    Wow, I am SO GLAD that things turned out so well.

    Money be damned. In times like this, I say get him a good headphone with accurate sounds. Grado and Sennheiser are two brands that make good headphones without insane price tags. (I have a low end Sennheiser, but still good.)

    This Shure earbud may be ideal though.

    That is, if he doesn't have one already.

  8. Caoineag Says:

    I am glad it went so well. Best wishes and hopefully you don't let yourself get too run down in the upcoming weeks.

  9. Ima saver Says:

    I too, thought about you all day. I am so glad we did not have to wait until next week to hear the good news. This is wonderful news for all of us!

  10. gamecock43 Says:

    Oh thank god! I was very worried. I am almost crying- hearing the joy in your writing.

  11. monkeymama Says:

    Thanks everyone! No wifi at the hospital, of my parents' house, so no idea when I will be back online. Hopefully I will have more good updates this weekend! Big Grin

  12. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Bet I'm not the only one who was holding their breath reading this. Whoa! I bet you were exhausted after that. Glad you had people to help and be near. May your husband have the most remarkable, safe, fast, healing and recovery.

  13. pharaohsmom Says:

    What great news! You and your husband have been on my mind this week. Hoping for a quick and complete recovery.

  14. Personal Finance Student Says:

    That's great news! I was wondering how things went. I hope everything with the recovery continues to go well.

  15. miclason Says:

    Great news! thanks for letting us know.
    Will keep praying for a speedy recovery!

  16. M E 2 Says:



    Wow! That is very good news!! Congrats!!!

  17. miz pat Says:

    Oh this is wonderful news. God be with all of you! I'm so glad for you.

  18. princessperky Says:

    Glad to hear the news!

  19. CB in the City Says:

    What a wonderful outcome! So happy for you!

  20. Maismom Says:

    Great news! I was wondering what's going on with you guys. I'm so happy it went so well.

  21. momcents Says:


    So happy for you. What a relief. Are you sleeping better at night?

    Give your husband a big cyber high five for doing so well!

  22. wowitsawonderfullife Says:

    Fantastic news! I am so glad it went so well.

  23. whitestripe Says:

    DF and I are glad to hear you're all doing well. congrats to your hubby and wishing him a quick recovery.

  24. frugaltexan75 Says:

    I'm SO Happy to read how well the surgery went!!!!!!
    Praying for a speedy recovery.

  25. Apprentice Bliss Hunter Says:

    Wishing DH a comfortable and full recovery !!!

    So happy the surgery went so well - it really is a great joy to have come through perhaps even better than expected.

    High Five to the Surgeon !! :-)

  26. LuxLiving Says:

    95% gone! AMAZING!!! Speedy recovery!!

  27. janH Says:

    I've been thinking of you guys. So very glad the surgery went awesome! Nothing like having a great doctor. Now, our thoughts go to a speedy recovery and rest for you, too! Give your DH our best wishes and keep us posted. Take care of yourself, too. You've been under a ton of stress also.

  28. debtfreeme Says:

    I am so glad to hear it went well!

  29. PauletteGoddard Says:

    I'm relieved and happy. I prayed a few times for your husband, and the vibration, to use a woo-woo term was a positive one. Reading this makes me feel radiant.

  30. baselle Says:

    What a relief! Fingers and toes crossed for further recovery!

  31. Lady T Says:

    Such wonderful news! Here's hoping he continues to improve and gets to go home very soon!

  32. kimiko Says:

    Congrats! I wish him a speedy recovery.

  33. dmontngrey Says:

    Wonderful to hear the news!! On the right road to recovery. Smile

  34. sweetmama Says:

    So glad to read the good news on this post! Well wishes for a quick and smooth recovery for 'Monkey Dada'!

  35. homebody Says:

    We all have been anxiously awaiting the news and so happy it was good. Hurray for Bay Area Hospitals and doctors (YD had her ankle surgery at California Pacific).

  36. fern Says:

    That's really good news and i'm so glad things have come out ok, all things considered.

  37. my english castle Says:

    Excellent news! We've all been thinking of you.

  38. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    honor to be the last but hopefully not least in adding my evoice of relief and well wishes.

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