Thank you for your amazing love and support this week. We have continued to be amazed at how caring, compassionate, and concerned our people are. Thank you for the prayers, cards, messages, and check ins. I'm sorry that I can't respond to each message with the love and care they're sent in - it has been a wild week - know that your encouragement has been amazingly needed and appreciated.
Adam's surgery on Tuesday was adventurous (understatement of a lifetime). The surgeons warned us beforehand that this would be "the most major surgery someone can undergo" so we went in with a fair amount of trepidation. We're leaving with even more trepidation.
The hope was that Adam would have 2 surgeries at once to remove the rest of the tumors in his body that are located throughout his trunk. The 3 surgeons that collaborated on this surgery planned to start with his abdominal cavity and if all went well, move to his chest cavity. As one of our surgeons put it, they cut Adam from Vicksburg to Memphis. Translation: Adam's incision runs straight down the middle of his stomach from his sternum to pretty close to the end of the road. That's about a foot long incision on a person Adam's height.
What they found when they got into his abdomen, was that one of the tumors was fused to his aorta (apparently we can thank chemo for the fusion). If you aren't into science and anatomy, the aorta is the main artery that runs through the body from one's heart through their abdomen to their legs, distributing oxygen to the whole body. Because Adam is so healthy and young, his aorta is soft and when they removed the tumor, the aorta ripped in several places. They called in a Vascular Surgeon (4th surgeon) who tried to repair the artery but it was irreparable, so they removed a section and replaced it with an artificial part that will need monitored long-term, and may need to be replaced a long way down the road. Because of the tear, Adam lost a lot of blood in surgery, and had to have transfusions. Adam almost lost his kidneys during surgery as well, but amazingly, they were able to save both.
Thankfully, in the midst of all of the chaos, they were still able to remove all 4 tumors in his abdomen (1 grapefruit sized and 3 golf ball sized) and all of the lymph nodes (which seem to be the best host for his tumor growth). Unfortunately, because of all of the complications, all the blood loss, and the length of surgery (7 hours), they were not able to do the chest surgery - which means Adam will still have to have another surgery when he recovers from this one.
Because of the severity of the surgery, Adam was placed in the ICU, and remains there. Adam's body went through a lot of trauma, and they are monitoring his vitals to be sure he's stable before moving him down to inpatient. Adam has made so much progress since his first night in the ICU when he was intubated and on a breathing tube. He's already begun physical therapy and is gaining some energy. But he has a long way to go.
Will you keep praying with us? God has already done so many miracles! The fact that Adam is still alive after Tuesday is a total miracle! But we need some more miracles, we are not out of the deep water yet.
Please be specifically praying for:
NO infection, blood clots, or surprises.
FOR him to breathe on his own, for his heart rate to slow and steady, and for his blood pressure to come up.
In spite of the incredible pain Adam is in, he maintains his amazing personality. He's still being hilarious and sweet and of course, all the medical staff love him. I'm amazed at his strength and ability to stay positive in the midst of this incredibly hard season.
Thank you for being our friends, our supports, and our army!