Sunday, June 30, 2013

On the Eve of the Brain Dig


I want to start out by writing that Kurtis and I are blessed and fortunate to be surrounded by the love and care of so many wonderful people (which, if you are reading this includes you) and the outpouring of support from so many of you has been uplifting and incredibly meaningful.  Thank you for taking the time to write notes, text messages, donate money, share things with others who want/need to know, visiting, hugs, etc. etc. etc.  Each of those small things act as a lantern and when we are able to hang all of those lanterns in the tunnel we're standing in right now, it is possible to see the end.  I don't have, and I don't think I will ever have, the words that are right for expressing the gratitude that we both feel for all of those 'lanterns' - so think of the best words you can and then multiply that by the biggest number you can think of and that will put you somewhere close.

So, tomorrow is the brain dig.  We're both a little rattled if I'm being honest, but I don't think that we would be human if we weren't.  Kurtis' surgery has been moved up to 9am (due to neuro cancellations - not emergency status - stop freaking out) which we are pleased about so we don't have to wait around all day.  Here is a quick rundown of what will be happening tomorrow:

=Before 9...probably around 630...Kurtis will be taken for an MRI to make sure that the computer and surgeon know where to go
=9 begins should be completed

After surgery, Kurtis will go to the ICU for a few days most likely and then we'll come back to the Neuro unit.  The surgery plan has changed a little bit, so if you want to know about that keep reading...otherwise jump down a paragraph.  There are about five tumors in Kurtis' brain right now.  Three are in a club by the cerebellum on the right side, one is on the cerebellum on the left side, and one is "on his brain" on the left side.  As of this moment, the plan is to remove the clump as well as the tumor "on his brain".  The tumor on the left side cerebellum is very small and buried a little bit more so they will use pinpoint radiation to zap the hell out of that little thing.  I know that it sounds really scary, but the surgeon is top notch and everything will be okay :)

Kurtis won't be up for visitors for a few days at least, so it was really nice that we had a group today - part of Kurtis' family and one of our lacrosse families came by as well as our old cancer doc.  It was a good day full of resting, TV (even though the Rockies lost, Cuddy extended his streak so that was excellent). Perhaps the best thing was that Chauncey got to come and spend the day with us.  He would stay the night, but everything starts so early tomorrow that we sent him back home.   We're now winding down and preparing to sleep!

I'll update more tomorrow.  Keep those positive vibes, thoughts, etc. coming.  Please feel free, as I've said before, to share this with anyone :)

Liz, Kurtis, and Chauncey

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