Ekat and Robbie update
I just got to Yekaterinburg Sunday morning at 1am ... and all is going well. We even got all four of our checked bags!! What a praise that is. We had a brief scare when the ATM at the airport refused Jerry's card (he is my only NBC teammate until Chris and Holly get here). But when we got up Sunday morning after breakfast we went across the street to a bank ATM and we got some rubbles. So God is answering prayers already .... just like He does every year we come to Ekat.
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This is the first time I've been on the internet and I went straight to my email to check on Robbie's surgery status. I am forwarding the details to you all, please keep praying.
Surgery (email from my Dad):
Just a short update on Robbie's surgery. I left home this morning at 3 am so that I could spend some time with Rhonda and Robbie before the surgery. We had a tearful prayer time together before surgery, but what precious moments these are as we just bare our hearts and souls before God. Robbie was taken to surgery at 7:15 am, but the actual surgery did not begin until 8:45 am and lasted until about 2:45 pm. The surgery went very well with minimal lose of blood, no complications, and they took the left kidney along with the right adrenal gland. This was a great surprise to us as they had said that they would take both the right and left adrenal glands as they assured us that there would be cancer cells in both glands.
The surgeon was quite sure that the right gland looked to be cancerous, but the left gland which had been hidden in the scans by the tumor looked good and they were able to peal it (ed. the right gland) off and keep it (ed. the left gland). That will certainly simplify having to regulate his blood pressure and hormones by medicine. They will now have to wait for one week to get the results of the pathology reports, and then Robbie goes back to the surgeon in two weeks.
Following that visit he will be referred to an oncologist who will make the determination as to whether he will have to take an experimental chemo regimine to try to lower the chances of a re-occurance.
Please continue to pray for Robbie that he will have a speedy recovery, and the miracle of no cancer re-occurance. By the way there is a possibility that Robbie will be able to come home tomorrow evening, and he is more than ready to get out of the hospital as soon as possible.
Post Surgery Update:
Robbie is home!!!! He just came home this evening (Sat.) as the surgeon said that it would be easier traveling today than it would tomorrow. He said that he would be in alot more pain by tomorrow. His bowels have not started working as yet so he is on a liquid diet, and it to avoid any protein for several more days. He will go back in two weeks to find out the results of the pathology tests. The surgeon said because he was in such great shape everything went much easier for him. So when he said that I told him that I thought they should get a discount for him not having to cut through all those layers of fat! He just kind of smiled and looked at me like I was some kind of hick from the sticks, with a sick sense of humor.... What is that saying, Better to keep you mouth shut and be thought a hick(fool), than to open it and remove all doubt (ed. this is my Dad talking ... not me :-). We are still praying for a miracle in all of this as they say that this cancer is bad for re-occurance in three to six months, but we are praying that God will give a miracle and that there will be no re-occurance.
It is so good to see him home and moving around like he is because when we took the kids back about supper time, and by the way when we got there Robbie was standing on the front porch. The Doctor told him that he should be up walking alot as that would help with the soreness, but when he got home it was less than 24 hours after major surgery. To me he is doing incredibly well, but he is in really good shape physically. Plus alot of people are praying as well.