Are you surviving this seemingly endless winter? We may have whined too soon in our last post about not having snow. Last week, we got a snow/ice treat of a storm that shut our city down for nearly a week. We’re told we’ll get another round of winter slush tonight. We are thankful for a warm and dry home, an endless supply of hot beverages, and Yahtzee to hold us over til spring.
Well it’s been a few weeks since our last post, and we wanted to share an update on Adam’s health, recovery, and next steps. Adam has spent the last few weeks recovering from his most recent successful surgery. The medical team went into surgery expecting to remove one tumor from his neck, and instead found 3. They were able to remove all of the tumors successfully, and he has been recovering steadily. The pathology reports indicate that the tumors were all benign, which is further evidence that the chemo, while grueling, worked.
Adam’s next (and hopefully final) surgery has been scheduled for this coming Tuesday, March 3. This surgery is the big one. The goal is to remove the rest of the tumors that are located in several areas throughout Adam’s trunk. The surgeons anticipate Adam staying a week in the hospital post-op, and then his at-home recovery time being at least 6 weeks. Adam has been promised that this recovery will be a hard road.
We aren’t looking forward to this next step, but it’s a step that needs to be made for Adam to continue to journey toward complete healing.
This upcoming surgery is a major surgery and it’s scary, thanks for journeying this with us. We are so grateful for friends who are surrounding us, loving us, and praying for us.
For those that have (or will) ask, “How can we help practically?” - Thank you thank you thank you! We are so grateful for friends that take care of us emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Here are some practical ways you can help:
1. Praying for us and letting us know you’re thinking of us. Truly, though we can’t always get back in a timely way, little check-ins remind us of how loved we are and how supported we are.
2. Gift cards for meals for the week that Adam is in the hospital. Thankfully there are a lot of celiac-safe options for food near the hospital, but providing a meal a la gift card would help a ton. Here is a list of some safe places.
3. Meals for the weeks of post-op recovery. We’re told the weeks after surgery will be tough, and we will be tired, and we would love to partake in your culinary expertise or your take out expertise those weeks. Please email our friend Natalie to get on the meal schedule.
Much love to all of you,
Allison (and Adam)