Archive for February 14, 2009

Dan Doing Well

Dr. O’Donnell phoned to tell us that Dan has made it through the first three stages of the surgery just fine.  First, Dr. O’Donnell removed the Wound Vac sponge.  Next the Radiologist did his part.  Led by Chief of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Hoffman, the Plastic Surgery Team took over.  

When they began taking off the tissue to make the flap, they found a small hernia which they repaired before going further.  Then, leaving the bottom end of the flap attached to his body, they moved it around, stretched it, and covered the opening in his pelvis and leg.  At this moment, they are probably finishing up the difficult job of stitching the large flap in place.

Dan will be in the hospital another 7 – 10 days.  We praise God that things have gone so well thus far.  We don’t know what lies ahead…maybe more radiation on the blood vessel where the sarcoma cells were found since that vessel did not receive radiation earlier.  Maybe chemo or surgery to remove the two sarcomas in Dan’s left lung.  Maybe Guided Visualization will take care of clearing Dan’s body of the sarcoma cells that are living there.

I cannot help but grieve that Dan must suffer so much pain. Even with pain medication, the pain never goes away.  He cannot turn himself in bed.  He is totally dependent on others for all of his needs.  He is thin – weighs less than 150 pounds now.  While we are grateful that he is still alive, we pray God will be gracious and remove this nightmare from him.  — Anne

February 14, 2009 at 4:29 am 1 comment

Surgery Started Late

One more hour to wait. Dan may be out of surgery at 8 pm PST/ 6:00 RO time. When we asked, “How long will Dan be in surgery?” the Dr. said, “It will take as long as it takes.”  To which Scott replied, “Yes.  How long does it take to catch a fish?”

After surgery is completed, we have to wait to speak with the Chief Surgeon, Dr. O’Donnell.  Scott will spend the night with Dan at the hospital tonight.

More later. — Anne

February 14, 2009 at 3:04 am Leave a comment

Dan in Surgery Now

Just a quick note – The hospital chaplain came by, led us in singing songs of worship, and then prayed over Dan.  They came for Dan while we were praying.  Dan has been in surgery for one hour now.  First, Dr. O’Donnell removed the Wound Vac huge sponge filling the opening made in Dan’s pelvis and leg Monday when the softball size sarcoma was removed.  Next the Radiologist took over for about 45 minutes while he used direct radiation on the 3 spots in a major artery where microscopic sarcoma cells are.

Hopefully, the Plastic Surgery Team is working on Dan now to take a flap of tissue from the torso below Dan’s lower left rib area.  One end of  the tissue and muscle will stay attached to the body.  Somehow, the doctors will turn this and use it as a flap to protect certain organs and glands in Dan’s pelvis as well as cover the opening made last Monday.  Are you following this?

At this point, our friends from all over the world are praying for Dan’s safety and healing, and for God to guide and bless the entire medical crew.  Living one moment at a time, trusting in Jesus to bring our needs before Our Father, we are safe. God says  to His Redeemed People, “The ransomed of the Lord will return.  They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.  I, even I, am he who comforts you . . . For I am the Lord your God who churns up the sea so that its waves roar–the Lord Almighty is his name.  I have put my words in your mouth and covered you with the shadow of my hand–I who set the heavens in place, who laid the foundations of the earth, and who say to Zion, ‘You are my people (Isaiah 52:11,12,15,16-NIV).” —  Anne and Dan

February 14, 2009 at 12:34 am Leave a comment


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