Thursday, April 28, 2011

Isn't she the best?

This is day 7 of being in the hospital for dear Serber. And it's actually the only picture I have from my whole visit to Utah. We decided she needed a good hair wash and facial - so that's a green mask mind you. But not much different from her actual skin color though. She's had multiple blood transfusions and is still pretty pale. She is actually home now!! She was discharged from the hospital on Sunday April 24th after being in the hospital for 10 days. She is still in a lot of pain but is able to walk without a walker and doesn't need an oxygen tank anymore. She is taking Percocet for the pain. It doesn't seem to be managing it as well as she would like.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Sarah had her surgery on Friday April 15th. It was a five-hour ordeal. The surgeon removed a fist-sized tumor along with four nodules. He also had to take a portion of her small intestine and a portion of her upper colon. The tumor is a rare form of cancer called GIST - gastrointestinal stromal tumor. It is a slow-growing cancer, so the doctor said Sarah has probably had it for years. He explained to us that it is treatable with a mild chemo.

It became a much more extensive surgery than they had anticipated, so the anesthesiologist has spent the last few days just trying to help Sarah stay on top of the pain. She will be in the McKay Dee Hospital for about a week. Sarah changed jobs a few months ago, so Shaun is trying to sort out what the insurance will cover.