Those were the words of the surgeon. All of the prayers and thoughts must have been heard.
It went better than we could of hoped for! Turns out that they did not have to cut off one of the two main blood supplys. After getting in there they were able to ultrasound the tumor and remove it only. They did so with what they called "good margins". What that means is that there is about a centimeter of good tissue that they cut out around the tumor. Or so they think. It won't be confirmed until pathology looks at it with results on Tuesday.
There are 4 stages of cancer. Stage 4 is the worst when it has travelled, then 3 that is where they see "visible hunks". Stage two" you think you get it all but margins aren't great or there is a part of thin margin. Stage 1: you get it all. He thinks it will be stage 1 or 2, but could very well be stage 1. The very best stage. I guess the operation went about as good as it could go. I guess there was very little blood loss, whick is unusual in a liver resection.
He told us that it would grow back in about 2-3 months!
When we first saw Ashley wake up. She sat up and cried mama. She can't eat anything until her stomach "wakes up". She wants to eat badly and does the milk sign. She got mad and flailed her legs. All of these are good signs. She stood up later and tried to walk to April. She is doing pretty awesome, groggy but pretty good.
She has 2 IV's, a cathater, an epidural, and a drain coming out from under her rib cage. Gradually these will be taken out.
Sorry it took so long to update. By the time we got our room and ate it was getting pretty late.
Mama and Ashley are sleeping right now.
I know there is still more to go, but for right now I'm one happy dude!