Tuesday, November 24, 2009

She's in ICU now

I'm currently sitting next to Andrea. She is sleeping. She has a big, gigantic bandage on her head. If I added a few blue lines on it, it would start to look like she was an extra on TRON.

Anyway, the doctor said that everything went very well. They were able to remove a lot of Snarla (not sure of the percentage). The oncologists will now analyze it and determine what the next stage of treatment should be. She is talking very slow. We're not sure if this is a result of the tumor removal or just her being very groggy from the surgery. We probably wont know until 2 or 3 days after the surgery.

The family has been able to see Andrea. She first saw me. She smiled and tried to cry at the same time. Then her father came in and we both held her hands for a good while. You can tell she was very happy to see the both of us. After Pope left, Amy came in to say hi. She smiled at her, then looked at her, took a deep breath and said "Laura." Amy and I just looked at her, both thinking "Uh... Ok. We'll play along." And then Andrea smiled, laughed and said "Amy". Amy and I realize that the sense of humor part of her brain was not removed and were somewhat relieved. Fran and Leigh came in soon afterward. No jokes occurred during these visits, probably because she used all her energy "Laura" joke.

I plan on being here all night. My updates may be fewer now, but I'll try to put one update a day until Andrea can get back here and unleash her wit on you all again.

Andrea and I received a lot of encouragement, well-wishes and prayers from so many people over the past few days. I want to thank you all for your support. We still have a long way to go, but the first big step is over.


  1. We are so relieved to hear that everything went well with the surgery. We know that this has been hard on both of you. We love to hear the progress on her recovery process. Let us know if there is anything we can do. All of here at DADS!! Hugs and smiles to you Andrea!!

  2. She is talking! She is moving! This is wonderful! This is HUGE! This is moving.

    I know a long journey is still ahead, but this is an amazingly big step. It seems like the skilled surgeon and team there may be in for kudos all around. Hearts, prayers and wishes are with you all.

  3. So I take it she has the big manly helmet and not the dainty little girly helmet?