We hope you're staying warm in this cold stretch we all seem to be having stateside. Please note if you live in a snowy state, we're quite jealous, so please don't flaunt any more pictures of your winter wonderlands on social media. Nashville was promised snow last night and alas, there wasn't a flake to be found. Southern living isn't always charming.
Well, we thought we'd take a minute to update you on how Adam's feeling and what's next on the treatment agenda. Adam has been doing the rather slow but very important work of healing. He has been steadily recovering from his last surgery, and is mostly pain-free. We've been taking a daily walk, and he's gaining distance and speed (the speed could be because of the cold, but we'll take it). Adam's appetite is coming back really well and his hair is even starting to grow back. Mostly his mustache is coming back - picture the early days of Ron Swanson or Tom Selleck. Everyday, we are seeing signs that he is, indeed, healing from chemo, even if he doesn't feel quite his old self yet.
Aside from chemo-healing, Adam is gearing up for another surgery.
The time has come to get that big old tumor out of Adam's neck (picture above from August when we first noticed the mass and when he still had his lumberjack beard). We met with a surgeon today for what we thought would be a consult about different tumor extraction surgeries but alas, the surgeon wants to remove the neck tumor first. So, we're trusting the judgment of our very competent medical team, and we try to wrap our heads around the surgery we weren't yet expecting.
Adam's surgery is scheduled for this coming Tuesday morning. Barring anything unforeseen, tumor surgery #2 should be another outpatient surgery. There are a lot of nerves and veins and other important things in a neck, so there are risks. There are also a lot of nerves (of the anxious sort) about surgery. We would love for you to join us in praying for precise surgeon hands, a cooperative tumor, and calm minds and hearts... and of course for smooth recovery. Adam is getting pretty good at surgery recovery, but he's tired of it. Even though this is his 2nd tumor surgery, it's his 4th surgery in 6 months, and apparently surgery recovery isn't a walk in the park.
So, we keep doing hard things, we keep taking the next step, and we keep on trusting that this is part of healing. Thank you for your love and your care. Your encouragement, notes, and check-ins are good remedies for our weary souls these days.