|Sarah on left, sister Lindsay on right|
I'm sitting here in The Toledo Hospital's surgery area waiting room
Several minutes ago the transport people rolled Sarah's stretcher to the "Kissing Corner," as they call it. Her hubby Lance and I said our goodbyes,
Now we wait, hoping and praying that the surgery goes smoothly and safely. For friends and family who want to know the nature of the surgery, I will share a few details here. Otherwise jump down a few paragraphs past the gory details.
After losing two pregnancies, many tests revealed that Sarah has a very large (16 centimeters) fibroid? / tumor? / mass of some sort? attached to the outside of her uterus. What they do know is that whatever it is, it is very vascular and it is in an extremely dangerous position relative to other organs and vessels. To prepare for its removal, which hopefully happens today, eleven weeks ago Sarah was given a strong hormone shot that could possibly shrink this mass over time. Unfortunately, recent tests show that it has not shrunk at all, and, in fact, it has grown.
Several possible complications during this surgery are of concern: massive bleeding (Sarah stocked up her own blood bank in recent weeks), accidental knicking of nearby organs, and loss of her uterus.
Let me just say here that Lance and Sarah really, really, really want to have a baby. Understandably then, none of us slept well last night. We covet your prayers today and thank you in advance.
Now back to my thoughts as I try to distract myself from being a worry wart.
North Pole, Alaska
Then I also found some new ones:
Evergreen, Alabama, where the downtown sidewalks are decorated with over 30 Christmas trees.
In Rudolph, Wisconsin, the red-nosed reindeer is remembered all year long with 40 street signs featuring a silhouette of the famous character.
Snowflake, Arizona serves up to 1000 cups of hot chocolate after the town's yearly Christmas parade.
Angel City, Texas
Well, that was fun. I have succeeded in distracting myself for a few minutes from the worries of Sarah's surgery. It's rough being a mom at times like this.
I'll keep you posted.
Surgery follow-up (learned after writing the above): The 3 hour surgery successfully removed the tumor without any of the feared complications. Although the surgeon suspects that it is benign, lab tests will hopefully confirm that in two days. I spent the rest of the day with Sarah, as she begins her recovery. The doctor believes that with this tumor gone, Sarah and Lance will now be able to successfully have children.