Dan Doing Well

February 14, 2009 at 4:29 am 1 comment

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

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  • 1. Dick van Geet  |  February 14, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    We do hope and trust that the Lord will always be with you and care for all your needs and sorrows.

    Hanny & Dick van Geet, Netherlands

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