Well Mamma went into the OR around 1:30, and started surgery around 2 pm. The surgery was really long (4 hours!!). I sat in my really boring Intro to Marketing for Non-majors class waiting and waiting to hear an update. When I got home around 6, Dad called and said Mamma was out of surgery! I didn't get to talk to her because she was still waking up, but the doctors said that they did not see any swollen lymph nodes (!) and the tumor had shrunk down really tiny to the size of a nodule (I don't know what that means, but I guess that means really small!). So this is really good news!!
Mamma now has her ileostomy bag, or as I affectionately refer to it....well nevermind... But her best friend Teri says we will have to nick name it Betty, now that Bob is no more!
Mamma will be recovering and resting in the hospital for 5-7 days. During this time, Dad will probably be pretty cranky because of sleeping on the hard hospital room couch (at least this has been my experience in the past during my stays). But he is definitely the best hospital-mate because he is an excellent movie/snack picker. Oh, and he is also quite good at sneaking patients out when they have not been discharged to go eat something other than hospital food...but that is another story for another day...
I know a lot of you are wondering what you can do for Mom during these next few days, and the best thing you can do is keep praying! She won't be able to eat for the first few days (and when she can, it will be J-E-L-L-O!), and needs a LOT of rest so she can heal up!
Thank you all for praying this afternoon, your prayers mean a lot to my mom and entire family!
Hopefully my mom will be back to blogging soon!