Len posting, since Lisa is asleep.
Yes, that means we are home from the hospital and the biopsy was a success. Here's what we can tell you right now.
The surgeon (who had the coolest name, by the way, Jeet Minocha) was able to use ultrasound imaging to guide the biopsy needle, which made the procedure about an hour shorter than if they'd had to use the CAT scan. They took about eight different samples using three different needle sizes. The cytology people who will prepare and study the cells were in the OR so they could let the surgeon know when there was a sufficient amount of tissue for the study.
The cells will be prepared and fixed on Monday, and we're told to expect the results about two business days after that.
Lisa spent about an hour in the recovery area, enjoying juice and cookies after waking. Then she got dressed and practiced standing and walking to make sure she wouldn't get sick. Once the nurse was satisfied, she removed the IV line, gave us the discharge instructions and sent us on our way.
We stopped at a pho place near our house for so Lisa could experience the rejuvenating power of chicken soup (plus, she hadn't eaten since 9 am), and then headed home. Lisa promptly went to bed.
Despite some discomfort, Lisa felt relatively well after the procedure, and did a good bit of damage to that soup. We'll see what a good night's sleep does to help too, as I'm taking night and morning duty to allow Lisa to sleep in.
Miss Pat stayed with the girls and reported that they didn't seem too traumatized by having a little different bedtime routine than usual. Kate woke up a couple times before we got home, but a quick back rub and a few soothing words seemed to do the trick for her.
The bottom line is that we don't yet know what the "suspicious mass" is, but we are one step closer. It's a shame that it will take five days from now to take the next step. So now we wait...which is super fun for the person whose blog is called "Are we there yet Len?" and for those who love her and live with her.