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Brain Surgery, Tuesday April 6th - Prayers please


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Hi All my Family & Friends,

Well, I'm scheduled for brain surgery this coming Tuesday. I have to be at the hospital at 5:30 AM California time and surgery begins at 7:30AM. It wil be about a 3-3 1/2 hour surgery. One met in the brain, which the nuerosurgeon feels once removed I will be cured. The margin is really good and he says he should have no problem getting it all out. It is in the back of my head on the left side. He said he will have to go in through the center of the back of my neck and then about 3/4" to the left. First incision maybe about 3". (I hope I'm not grossing anyone out, sorry) He said that the tumor could have been on the brain stem or the spinal cord, which it is not. The Lord blessed me that it was not there, Thank you Jesus. I have a christian doctor too...

The doctor comes with great experience and credentials. He grad from Loyola in Chicago, and also Loma Linda University here in California for adult and Pediatric nuerosurgery. He is also a teaching Professor at Loma Linda. Being that he operates on children, he has a steady hand and a lot of confidence. Dr. Laurence Clark (Nuerosurgeon) My hubby and I have met with him twice and I have all the confidence in the world about this doctor. I can honestly say out of all my doctors, he is almost the perfect doctor, confidence, explanation, bed side mannerisim. It is just totally awesome. I then went to the hospital (Riverside Comm. Hospital, Riverside, CA) to do all the pre-admin stuff and they could not say enough about this doctor. As the RN's there said, I have the crem de la crem. The best there is in our area, I really believe this. I am sooo ok with this surgery. They said I would be in ICU for a day and them moved to my own room. They also said this doctor requests private rooms for is patients. He wants you to have total rest and privacy to get well. They expecy I will be in hospital between 3-5 days. Depends on how I progress and get up and moving around. They said for the first day, I will get ice chips and water and gradually be put on soft then solid food. I said to the RN, what no food. Will they put in a feeding tube (I hope not) so I don't get hungry. Please remember I am taking Decadron and can't seem to get enough to eat. She just laughed and said I won't starve. I said good because with this med, it seems I am eating every two-three hours. I have never done this before. HELP RY!!!!! I sure am going to have to loose some weight after this ordeal...

As far as radiation afterwards, we won't know til after the surgery. It will only be in the area of the surgery, not WBR. I asked if he felt there was anything else up there and he said (Dr. Clark) that everything else was clean and could see nothing else. I know it is beneign. I was telling my husband, this happened two tears ago, even before my dx. I remember having a real sharp pain in this area and getting a headache for about 4-5 days and couldn't get rid of it. I kept taking the old Excedrin X-Strength. It finally subsided. I didn't even think anything about it after that. Amazing isn't it that this has to be when this mass started growing. It is now 1". Took two years to get to that size. Slow growing, praise God...

Well, now that I have written a book (sorry) I will end my upcoming event. I will not be on line for maybe a week or so from Tuesday. My hubby knows how to get into the site and I will show him how to post a little and update all of you on how I am doing. Ry, FayA, Dean Carl, Norme, Katie and a few others have my phone number. Bob is really good about calling back and can let you know what is happening...

Thank you all,

God Bless, prayers for all of you and big hugs from So. California


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Karen, you will be fine. Don't worry we'll take care of Bob for you :roll: Have you warned him what he's in for with your "CRB's" club???? I hope he's up for us. You just concentrate on getting better. Hang tough Karen, Rochelle

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You deserve nothing but the best in doctors and care. You are continually in my prayers, but they will be more specific as you go through this surgery. I pray that the Lord will guide the hands and mind of your surgeon and all the medical staff to watch over you and bring you successfully through this. May your recovery be swift and complete so that we may all celebrate your being cured.

And may your withdrawal from handy snacking and eating be minimal...we wouldn't want you to get cranky!


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Karen, My thoughts and prayers are with you for the best of results and a speedy recovery! Peace, take care and God Bless. Rich

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