A couple weeks ago my sister called to tell me the doctor had found some lumps on my dad’s pancreas. They sent the MRI’s off to UofM, and UofM called back and basically said “How soon can you get here?”

He went down a few days later for more tests and said they’d call back in the next few weeks for a followup appointment. They called back a few days later and said they had an appoinment the next week for surgery.

This past monday he and my sister went down for a day of tests and prep work, and then yesterday they took out half his pancreas, all of his spleen, and some lymph nodes.

There was a pathologist on hand, and he was able to do an examination while he was still opened up, and said it looked really good for getting everything. The surgery was considered as successful as it possibly could be.

Since then he’s been in quite a lot of pain. His epidural has come out on its own a couple times which makes for a LOT of pain. A down side to his pain meds is that it makes him breathe shallowly and slowly, which means he doesn’t get enough oxygen. So they boost the oxygen and it dries him out and makes him feel terrible.

At this point we’re just waiting for the pain to subside. We’ll find out in a few days what they found in his pancreas, and then we’ll know if he needs chemo, radiation, both, or niether.

I’ll post more updates as I get them. Thanks for praying.

3 thoughts on “Another Step In Life

  1. I’m really sorry to hear that he’s in a lot of pain, but thankful that the surgery succeeded. One verse that I found comforting when I had my brain tumor removed was Romans 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, who have been called according to his purpose.” I’ll keep praying for a swift recovery for your dad.

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