update and the page automatically refreshing. Everything was lost.
Know that other than me being impatient and cranky, the surgery is going
well. Basically, the surgeons are isolating the tumor away from the major
blood supply in her abdomen. Its taking a long time because the tumor is
the size of a clementine, and its consistency is that of chopped fatty meat, or
a gelatenous mass that is difficult to grasp on to or scoop out. There is
a high risk of leaving some cancer behind because the cancer cells are so small,
smaller than dust.
The first part of the surgery is getting as much of it out as possible. The
second part will be reconstructing every thing as best as possible. The
left kidney and ureter seem to be okay, the right kidney seems okay, too, but
the right ureter is virtually lost with the tumor. Hopefully there will be
enough of it to attach to the left kidney or left ureter. If it is not
long enough to reach the left side of her body, they will probably just attach
it to the skin and make it so that the kidney will just drain into a bag or into
her diaper through a tube.
At least they are still operating on her. They can take all day and
night. I'm relatively comfortable where I am now. My hope is that
today is the longest day of my life.