Gracie went in for surgery to resect her tumor on Tuesday June 13th. She was very nervous but glad they were taking that stupid cancer out! She asked the surgeon to flush it down the toilet. He said he thought that sounded like a good idea. That got a smile out of her :o)
The surgery took less than 5 hours. The surgeon was pretty confident he got it all. He said it was as hard as a rock so the chemo was doing it's job well. They were able to save the left kidney but it has some little bits of calcification left on the top of it which may or may not be in an issue in her future. He didn't seem too concerned about it. When surgery was done they kept her intubated because she was having blood pressure issues etc. so they took her to the NICU where they watched her overnight. They took her tube out around 11pm and she has been asking for "just a litte drink?"! They don't want her to drink because she still has the ng tube sucking out her stomach. I think her mouth is just very dry from being intubated. He diabetes insipidus is being well controlled with vasopressin in the IV.
Before they took out the breathing tube she had 9 tubes or lines in her. Now she has 8. Her power port, ng tube, g button, arterial line, 2 18 g peripheral IV's, foley catheter and epidural. The epidural is controlling her pain and she is resting pretty well for the most part. She had an incision all the way across her tummy from left to right. They also took out the old g button and made a hole for the new one.
Thanks to eveyone who has prayed so hard for her and our family. Please continue to pray for a speedy recovery so she can enjoy her 4th birthday in 11 days! :o) -Lisa