Praising our Father tonight- Clay is out of surgery, and everything went as smoothly as Dr. Foster had hoped. In fact, he was finished in 2 1/2 hours! He removed the occluded section of vena cava and Clay tolerated it without significant blood loss, change in blood pressure, or other stress on his body. Dr. Foster said the tumor was easily separated off the aorta, and no other organs were involved. He said that all Clay’s other organs looked healthy. So thankful to God! We won’t know anything about the cell type in the tumor until Clay’s pathology report comes back in a few days.
Clay is in a regular room now, and the doctors placed a pain block in his back to help with the pain for the next 18 hours or so. He has had some discomfort, but no significant pain or nausea. He isn’t allowed to eat yet, which he isn’t happy about! 😉 My hubby loves to eat. He also has a drain in his abdomen to keep fluid from building up in his abdomen. Dr. Foster said that he will likely travel home with the drain, and we can just remove it ourselves; it’s just a small incision. Crazy what modern medicine can do!
I’m so incredibly thankful to our gracious Father for watching over Clay, and we are once again completely overwhelmed by the fellowship of believers. I know that I could feel your prayers today as I waited. We really can’t ever thank you enough for the encouragement that you are to us.
Praying that this surgery and recovery are the end of our journey with cancer, and that maybe somehow God will use this story! Please continue to pray for a smooth recovery for Clay. We will keep you posted, and I will try to get Clay to write a blog when he is more awake.
“Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of Creation; O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation…”
Clay and Lauren