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Posted 2017-05-06T01:38:00Z

Home and Doing Well

We are home and Sarah is doing well!

It was an early start today. We were up a little after 4 am and in the van headed to St. Louis at 5. We arrived at Barnes-Jewish hospital at 6:30 and got checked in. I was able to stay with Sarah until 8:45 when she headed to the operating room. We were absolutely amazed by the level of action in the pre-op room. There were doctors and nurses everywhere and they were moving patients in and out in a very efficient manner. It was quite the production.

Sarah’s surgery took until until about 12:30. I got word that she was in recovery and shortly after that I got a call from her Orthopedic Surgeon. He said that the surgery went well. They removed the tumor, a nodule, and the surrounding tissue to try to get all of the cancer. Then the Radiation Oncologist inserted the brachytherapy tubes and they installed a drain and closed her leg. He also said that she was doing well and that it would be fine for us to go home today.

I went up to the recovery room and Sarah was already in good spirits and the effects of the anesthesia were almost completely gone. We were only there about another hour before they released us to go home.

Sarah has a lot of appointments next week as her treatment continues. She has a CT scan and a brachytherapy simulation to test the brachytherapy tubes and finalize the radiation plan. Oh, and she’ll get the drain from her surgery removed.

Tuesday through Friday she has brachytherapy (radiation administered through the tubes implanted in her leg) twice per day at 8 am and 2 pm. On Wednesday and Thursday, she has other appointments in between the brachytherapy treatments. Then, the following Monday, she has her final two brachytherapy treatments. After that, we think she will have around 2 weeks off and then 3 to 4 weeks of traditional beam radiation 5 days per week.

Thank you again for your prayers and positive thoughts! We love you all!

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Comments (11)

  • Paul Schuette
    Paul Schuette

    So happy the surgery went well. Praying for energy and patience these upcoming weeks as you run from appointment to appointment. Love and hugs to all of you! <3

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Lori Quarton
    Lori Quarton

    Get some rest and please let us know if you need anything. :)

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Patty Loveless
    Patty Loveless

    Good news, I liked , Sara was good in good sprits. Prayers are still coming for you all 😊

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Deb Trautmann
    Deb Trautmann

    Hugs and strength in the weeks to come

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Angela Madison
    Angela Madison

    I'm so grateful to God for a successful surgery today. Thanks for keeping us updated, Jeff. I will continue you to lift you all up. Rest up this weekend. It sounds like a crazy busy week ahead. 😊

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Kim Barber
    Kim Barber

    So glad surgery went well! Just another step in your journey. Will be thinking of you in the next couple weeks. Praying for you all!

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Tanya Kessinger
    Tanya Kessinger

    So thankful for the small and large victories along your journey. You two are radiating joy to all those around you and such a testament to His goodness. I am a phone call away.... love u [email protected]

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Randall-Donna McLeese
    Randall-Donna McLeese

    Singing praises here! 🙏🏻❤️ All Glory and Praise... Hallelujah Thine the Glory Hallelujah Amen🎶

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Beth A Cruz
    Beth A Cruz

    Praise God, praying for you

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Amy Kaufmann
    Amy Kaufmann

    We praise God and continue to pray for your family! May the joy of our risen Savior be your strength!

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Karen Zwicker
    Karen Zwicker

    Such fabulous news! Thank you for keeping us all informed. Continued prayers for Sarah, your family, the doctors and nurses!

    3 years ago · Reply