Wow, really not sure where to begin, so much info. The team of doctors meet early this morning and have decided that Nick NEEDS surgery. From a neurological stand point he is weakening. They feel if they wait his spine could collapse completely.
We spoke in detail with the surgeon that will be doing the re-building in damaged area of the spine. I cannot even begin to explain to you how complex this is not to mention ALL the risks involved. There will be a team of different doctors (about 8) in the OR so all areas will be covered. They will get out as much of the tumor as they can, but say will not be able to get it all, so later on he will require additional radiation and chemo. He will have to wear a neck/collar brace for a while (could be up to 3 months). They will operate through front of his neck first then turn him over and finish through his back. When I ask how long will surgery last Surgeon said "all day most likely". He will go to ICU for a couple of days. Recuperation will be long & very painful.
His surgery is schedule for 7:00 AM Tuesday Morning. We will have family here that day my sister, my stepdaughter, Aaron will be there of course. We are not telling Nicks dad (90 yrs old) he couldn't handle it.
Now that is what the doctors have said. God may have different plans (shorter surgery time, shorter recuperation, less pain etc..) I know I missing some info but I think I have covered the gist of it.
There was a lot of info to process with this and as you can imagine. Initially,as you could imagine, very upsetting to Nick, but after it started to sink in, he knows it is what is best and he trust the surgeon and feels safe with him. He was in good spirits, smiling & joking when we left him tonight.
Aaron and I were talking today and I asked him are we just numb to this right now or are we walking around in God's peace bubble? It has got to be the power of all the prayers surrounding us. There is no other way to explain being able to absorb all this info, knowing what your loved one is facing and still having hope and joy in your heart. I am telling you I can't make this stuff up.....We are truly living daily on the hope we have in Jesus. We glorify Him for all He has done and all He will continue to do. I wish I could tell you all the ways He still blesses us daily!!
Have a blessed weekend and I hope you are able to expereince God's peace bubble!
The joy of the LORD is your strength. Neh 8:10