MH81............the surgery wasnt actually an "exploratory" surgery per say. The original intent was to remove the tumor but once they determined that it was attached to the artery, they decided to do the by-pass because there was no medical benefit of disturbing the artery because of the HIGH Risk associated with that type of surgery. They bypassed that section of intestine because there was a major obstruction that was causing other problems. Since the cancer is already in her lymph nodes, she is going to have to undergo Chemo therapy anyway. We are perfectly fine with that decision given the facts but that doesnt change the fact that we werent expecting that outcome. I have the UPMOST faith in her medical staff and I know that she has the best care in the WORLD! St Vincents Hospital in very involved in all aspects of Cancer research and treatment and in fact are in the early stages of construction on a new Cancer Center.
Things are progressing each day as she was able to get out of the bed and sit in a chair. She is about to get a bath as I type this. They are going to have her waling the halls today and are also going to remove the tube in her stomach. She has been pretty much pain free for most of the day so that is another plus.
More updates later as I have time.