We didn’t learn near as much as I’d like. This is my layman’s understanding. Lintilla will probably come along later and give the correct terminology.
Adenosarcoma can grow fast or slow, can metastasize or not. It prefers to grow in female “plumbing” as I call it (as well as the lungs), that’s why they are taking everything out. Because they don’t know what they are dealing with exactly, they are going to do things a little differently on Monday. They will make a vertical incision along with the horizontal ones, because they are going to have a good,long look around. A pathologist will take a look at the tumor under the microscope while Lintilla is still open. They will then know exactly what they are dealing with. They’ll also decide at that time whether or not to take out the abdominal lymph nodes.
They won’t be able to make decisions on the need for radiation/chemotherapy until the pathologist looks at things.
She’ll be in the hospital for four days. They were going to do it at Baptist, but for insurance and other personal reasons, Lintilla insisted on Centennial. Here’s something weird: Lintilla won the argument about whether or not I should be there with her the days after the surgery in the hospital. She insisted I go to work. We argued about it when the doctor stepped out for a bit, but she always wins arguments about these things 🙂 . So, I’ll be there the day of the surgery, then I’ll go to work the next few days.
I’ll be home with her the next week. She’ll be home for 6 weeks. She can’t lift anything over 5 lbs during that time. I’ll do what I can, but, by golly, this is going to be a good time for the kids to start helping out around the house.
We appreciate the thoughts and prayers, and offers of help. I guarantee you, we’ll be taking you up on a few of them. I still haven’t figured out kid/school logistics for next week, or the week of December 17th. God will show a way, no doubt.
We’re still going to be at the coffeehouse at New Beginnings this Saturday. Lintilla would love to see all of ya’ll there – it’s the last she’ll be out and about for a while.
Anyway, that’s what we know right now. If Lintilla is up to it, I’ll ask her to post a more “medically correct” update.