Friday, April 20, 2012

Biopsy completed! And now we wait...

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.


Lynn K said...

Have been thinking of you many times today and looking at my watch, wondering if it was over. Thank you for posting, Len. Glad it went well and hoping for good news next week.

Kelly said...

Was just stopping by to see how Lucy was doing and was so sorry to hear of your recent health issues. Will be thinking of you and your family in the coming days as you wait for results.

Lucy looks wonderfully happy, BTW. She has already grown so much!

Warm thoughts,
(mommy to Chloe Grace from Xuchang)

Elizabeth said...

Thank you for posting Len. I didn't know what you guys had planned to let us all know, but hoped you might. Glad to hear things went well and that Lisa felt up to stopping and eating on the way home. Have as restful a weekend as possible. This is another important step taken in figuring out what is going on.

Paula said...

Hi I've been following your blog for a while from Scotland. I am keeping you in my prayers - I think you are such a amazing woman who has achieved great things and who will continue to do so. Stay strong - the not knowing is very stressful once you know what is is then you can start to deal with it - action is always easier than a state of suspense - Paula

Jodie said...

Len...I can't thank you enough for keeping us updated. I'm quite certain that all of us that eagerly await her blogs....as well as cherish her friendship for so many years....are standing, and yes, waiting with you both. Waiting is truly the hardest "test" of all, in my opinion. Please, give her hugs from me...and know that I'm thinking and praying for you two and your beautiful family!! xoxoxo

Reg said...

wish you all the best. You are in my thinkings and I hope the 5 days are going fast. This is very hard time I know. Good recovery

Emily said...

ugh-- waiting is so awful-- glad the biopsy went well-

Kjernalds in Sweden said...

praying, praying, praying


gratis total said...

a lot of kisses from Spain, wish you all the best

Elissa said...

Omg, Lisa, this is the first I'm hearing of this! I'm praying for peace as you guys wait for answers.

I like having China in common with you. I less like having Nepal in common with you because of how painful that was. I would even less like to have cancer in common with you, although I kicked its butt 20 years ago and you will too if you have to. But I think it's a much better idea to conquer nap time or sibling rivalry this year, so I'm praying for that!


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